The Lanark, Leeds Grenville Health Unit has once again conducted a survey to determine the cost of feeding the average family. Registered Dietitian Dana Hawthorne says the price has gone up by an alarming amount.

When faced with the choice of putting food on the table or paying rent and utilities, many families are forced to cut back on the quality of the food they are buying.

The average family of four in the Ontario Works program has just $375 dollars left each month, after they pay for food and rent. Hawthorne says our income level has a direct effect on our health.

Hawthorne says it’s important to remember to donate the healthiest food possible when giving to food banks. Visit health Fight Food Insecurity for more information on how to fight food insecurity and hunger.