Eating healthy can tax an already tight budget

The High Cost of Eating Well


According to, a family on a healthy diet can expect to pay $2,000 more a year for food than those who eat less nutritious meals.

With the rising costs of essential needs such as food and shelter, eating healthier can tax an already tight budget.

The Nutritious Food Basket (NFB), a survey tool that monitors the cost of healthy eating, says that the average weekly cost for a family of four to eat nutritiously in Toronto is $183.10, representing an increase of 4% from 2012.

After paying for housing costs and other basic necessities such as transportation, clothing and personal-care items, households on social assistance or minimum wage can’t afford a nutritious diet.

If your situation changed and you had to rely on social assistance, what support would you need to live with health and dignity?



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