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Report: Families To Pay More For Food in 2019, WB Food Bank Expecting Increase in Clients

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Report: Families To Pay More For Food in 2019, WB Food Bank Expecting Increase in Clients

Wood Buffalo Food Bank // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Groceries could be costing families in Canada a lot more in 2019.

A new report from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, titled Canada’s Food Price Report 2019, suggests people will be paying around $411 more on groceries. Vegetables are expected to see the biggest rise – between four and six per cent. 

It notes Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan will be hit the hardest.

Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Dan Edwards tells Mix News he believes this will have a big impact in Fort McMurray.

“We also have to account for travel cost, in our local area that increase will probably be a little bit more because we’re paying that transportation fee on a lot of food items as well.”

Edwards says they’ve been experiencing a major spike in their service.

Numbers are up 73 per cent from the latter half of 2017 and into 2018 – with at least 30 new clients walking through their doors each month.

“As much as people are doing their best to get by, we’re seeing more and more people come through our doors and say ‘I just need a little bit of help but I’ve never been here before – I just can’t seem to get enough,'” added Edwards.

Edwards believes these numbers will rise even more if the expected increase happens.

“With those numbers going up, it makes it harder and harder to be able to provide for your family, even for our clients who are working – when you’re working a minimum wage job or a retail job scenario the income doesn’t match the bill sometimes.”

The report suggests families will need to pay over $12,100 to eat healthy food in 2019.

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