The Cost of Eating Well

For people 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 & hydroSteak, Salad and Potatoes
  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Home maintenance
  • Children’s school supplies
  • Clothing
  • Medical costs, and more.

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.

Why does Food Insecurity Matter?

All people should have access to enough healthy food. However, almost 1 out of 10 households in Elgin County and St. Thomas are food insecure. When people are food insecure, it can impact their health and well-being.

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

Get informed on issues that matter to you and take action.
The problem isn’t the cost of healthy food. The problem is that people don’t have enough money to afford enough healthy food for themselves and their families.

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Take Action:

  • Click here to send this letter to tell Ontario’s four political party leaders that you want them to make poverty reduction strategies a priority to reduce issues such as food insecurity.
  • Attend Bridges Out of Poverty: learn how to reduce poverty in Elgin-St. Thomas
  • Take part in the Getting Ahead program: learn how to plan for your future
  • Write a letter to your local government on solutions to food insecurity
    • Use this link to find a letter to sign and email ( or mail (address on letter) to Elgin St. Thomas’ local member of government
Last Updated: August 8, 2017