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Peterborough Health Unit Report on Food Security

The issue of food insecurity has hit Peterborough. The Peterborough County-City Health Unit released its annual Limited Incomes: A Recipe for Hunger report based on the recent Nutritious Food Basket survey and the news is bad. The survey looks at the cost of 67 food items across seven different grocery stores, trying to find the the lowest available price for healthy food. This the cost is up 7.6% over the last two years. A single person living on Ontario Works benefits has about $41 left at the end of the month, to buy food and other necessities, after they pay their rent. Those who work at minimum wages also suffer as up to 9.3% of working Ontarians use food banks to get buy.

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