The Cost of Eating Well

Nutritious Food Basket Survey

Every year, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health uses a survey called the Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) to measure the cost of a healthy diet for families and individuals. The survey looks at foods from Canada’s Food Guide, including: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk & alternatives, and meat & alternatives.

Learn more about this year’s Nutritious Food Basket for Elgin St. Thomas: The Real Cost of Eating Well Report

When money is tight people often have to cut their food budget to afford other basic expenses. They may eat a less healthy diet or skip meals. This is called food insecurity.

For individuals and families living on minimum wage or social assistance it can be hard to make ends meet. After paying for rent and food, they still have to pay for other basic expenses such as: heat & hydro, transportation, child care, home maintenance, children’s school supplies, clothing, and medical costs.

What can individuals and communities do?

All people should have access to a nutritious, adequate diet. Each of us has a role to play. Start by educating yourself about what causes hunger and poverty, then get involved.

Learn more and share what you learn:

Support the Community:

  • Think about where your food comes from and buy local products
  • Donate your time, money, or resources to:
    • Community gardens
    • Collective kitchens
    • Food banks and emergency food services
    • Student nutrition programs
    • Community meal programs

Advocate for:

  • A National Food Strategy
  • Improved social assistance
  • More affordable housing policies
  • Income programs for those living in low income, such as a Basic Income Guarantee

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