Here are some examples of what people have bought with their $26.
$26 is not enough for a healthy diet
However careful a person is, it is impossible to buy enough nutritious food to eat a healthy diet on $26.
The Dietitians of Canada say that for a basic diet, no luxuries, an adult female should spend about $50 a week and a male about $60 a week.
A person might be able to buy enough food to fill their stomach but they cannot get all the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc that are needed to maintain good health. There is no money for any special dietary needs. And of cause there is no money for any little pleasure – chocolate buying a coffee, etc
No amount of careful planning, budget shopping and imaginative meal preparation can stretch welfare money to provide a balanced and healthy diet. A person on welfare inevitably ends up eating an unhealthy diet and often going hungry; these make people ill.
Basic Healthy diets
Chef Karen Barnaby
Chef Karen Barnaby kindly shared her menus for a week with Raise the Rates. Her ingredients cost about $50 a week. This is about what the dietitians say an adult female should spend for a healthy, but basic diet.
Health Canada Food Basket
Here is a basic shopping for an adult male for a week, which cost $62.86. This is about what the dietitians say an adult male should spend for a healthy, but basic diet.