Nutritious Food Basket Report

Annually, Public Health Sudbury & Districts measures the cost of healthy eating. Year after year, the results of the costing show that people living in households with a limited income struggle to pay rent, bills and to put healthy food on the table. For many people living in households of low-income, the choice is not between a generic and name brand product, but rather between eating and going hungry.

2019 Ontario social assistance rates don't support health.

The 2019 costing continues to demonstrate that individuals and families living on low incomes are often forced to compromise healthy eating to pay for other expenses.

2019 Nutritious Food Basket Scenarios

2019 Nutritious Food Basket Scenarios (text version)

Food insecurity

People who live with food insecurity experience inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints1. Food insecurity is a serious public health problem. It negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our health care system considerably.

Household Food Insecurity

Household food insecurity negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health.

An income response is needed

The root cause of food insecurity is poverty. Food banks are the primary community response to household food insecurity. They were originally intended as temporary food relief operations due to the recession of the early 1980s. However, demands for charitable food assistance have not decreased and food banks continue to expand. Demand exceeds supply at most food banks2.

We need to addresses the root cause of food insecurity which is poverty. Basic income guarantee ensures everyone has an adequate income. Basic income guarantee has the potential to end poverty.

For more information


1. Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. (2016). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2014. Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). Retrieved from

2. Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (2015). Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity. Retrieved from

If you would like more information on the NFB survey or you would like to receive a copy of the annual results, call 705.522.9200, ext. 257 or 1.866.522.9200.

This item was last modified on November 21, 2019