Each year in May, the Porcupine Health Unit conducts the Nutritious Food Basket Survey which is used to determine the cost of eating well in the Cochrane District. The survey requires visiting six grocery stores in our district to price 67 food items which make up a nutritious diet. The information collected from the Nutritious Food Basket Survey is used:
Food insecurity is when people don't have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food, and it is a big issue in our communities. What can you do? Get involved! There are many food security initiatives that exist in our area. Volunteer at a local food bank, soup kitchen, community gardens, with community partners and others.
Below you will find a table with household and income scenarios that show just how much, or how little money there is left each month after paying for rent and food. This demonstrates how individuals and families living on low incomes are often forced to compromise healthy eating to pay for other expenses.
|Scenarios||Total monthly income||Monthly rent* (may include heat/hydro)||Food expenses**||Funds remaining for other basic needs||% of income required for rent||% of income required to purchase healthy food|
|Family of Four, Ontario Works||$2,568||$1,095||$982||$491||43%||38%|
|Family of Four, Full-time Minimum Wage||$3,287||$1,095||$982||$1,210||33%||30%|
|Family of Four, Median Ontario Income||$7,896||$1,095||$982||$5,819||14%||12%|
|Single Parent Household with Two Children, Ontario Works||$2,353||$936||$742||$675||40%||32%|
|One Person Household, Ontario Works||$806||$575||$330||$(99)||71%||41%|
|One Person Household, Ontario Disability Support Program||$1,238||$808||$330||$100||65%||27%|
|One Person Household, Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement||$1,675||$808||$242||$625||48%||14%|
Values are rounded to the nearest dollar.
*Rental costs calculations are from the Rental Market Report: Ontario Highlights. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Fall 2016.
**Food expenses are based on the 2017 Nutritious Food Basket Data Results for the Porcupine Health Unit area which includes Household Size Adjustment Factors.