Low income British Columbians can't afford to buy healthy food

"My kids are supposed to grow up healthy yet I can't even afford to buy them food." A report by the Community Nutritionists Council of BC and Dietitians of Canada - BC Region, a low income family would need to spend up to 44% of their disposable income on a nutritious diet compared to the average Canadian spending 17%. The Cost of Eating in BC 2003 report (in PDF) (Note: the 2003 report is no longer available online) profiles the struggles of many low-income families in BC. According to the 2003 report the monthly cost to feed a family of four increased by 9% since 2000 yet the income for the same family on income assistance declined by 6%. The Dietitions of Canada's press release provides an overview of the report.