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Cost of Eating Well in Grey and Bruce

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                                                                                                                          For Immediate Release

                                                                                                                          December 10, 2014

 

Cost of Eating Well in Grey and Bruce

 

 

The 2014 annual Nutritious Food Basket survey identifies it costs $782.82 a month to feed a family of four in Grey Bruce; up from $775.37 a month in 2013. The survey measures the cost of basic healthy eating based on the prices for representative food products. Provincially, the cost has risen 4.5 percent from last year.

 

The Nutritious Food Basket reflects more than the cost of food. It assists our understanding of the health of our community. In reviewing the Nutritious Food Basket, the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force has compiled a Holiday Wish List addressing poverty in the region in 2015. The major pillars of the Wish List deal with income security, adequate housing, food security, transportation and dignity. Each is an important component for an individual to achieve their full health potential.

 

Often the food budget is considered the most flexible; which means individuals will cut back on the quality and amount of food they buy to put that money to rent or utilities. Cutting back on the food budget to pay for other living expenses puts those individuals at increased risk of chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. This is of particular concern in Grey Bruce where rates of many chronic diseases are higher than Ontario as a whole. The local rate of hospitalizations due to heart attacks is 28 percent higher than the provincial average.

 

For information on community programs to support the immediate needs of those in crisis, visit www.211.ca. For further information, call Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 or visit our website at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

 

 

 See attachments for more

 

For more information:

Laura Needham

Public Health Dietitian

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1267

l.needham@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 

Jill Umbach

Planning Network Coordinator

Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force 
519-377-9406
jill.umbach@gmail.com

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Attachments

  1. Poverty Task Force Holiday Wish List.pdf 6/1/2016 6:13:38 PM
  2. Nutritious Food Basket Survey 2014.pdf 6/1/2016 6:14:00 PM