A health unit survey about the cost of food has some disturbing findings. Close to 4,000 people in the northwest have trouble putting food on the table. The survey showed -- contrary to what some believe -- about 60 per cent of those in need were the working poor with jobs.
The findings of the study also showed the cost of feeding a family of four has increased 6.5 per cent since 2010 to just over $225 a week, or $976 a month.
“The real issue is that people with low incomes do not have enough money to pay the rent and all the bills, plus buy healthy food,” says Julie Slack, a registered dietitian with the Northwestern Health Unit.
“Food is a basic human right. We need minimum wages and social assistance rates to increase to a reasonable, realistic amount so that families will no longer be forced to choose between healthy food on the table or a roof over their heads,” Slack continued.