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Food Bank of WR responds to concerns with new food guide

The Waterloo Region Food Bank says low income levels are at the root of food insecurity
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The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is reacting to studies that say the new Canada Food Guide -- which promotes a plant-based diet, may not be accessible to low-income Canadian households.

Wendi Campbell of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region says income levels are at the root of food insecurity.

"It's people's ability to be able to purchase the food that they like, have an adequate income to be able to make those choices. The Food Guide is just a guideline on healthy eating, but it doesn't affect people's ability to buy food."

She says any kind of price increase can have a high-impact on low-income households.

"It's a reality that food prices in general are rising, but so are other expenses. There are still individuals and families in our community, living on a fixed income. They are affected by any increase to their household cost, whether it is rent, heating and hydro, or food prices."

Recent studies show the new fruit-and-veggie-intense food guide could be a challenge for low-income households.

"We are still seeing more than 34,000 people every year in our community, who are still looking for some type of emergency food assistance. If you are a family who cannot make ends meet due to rising prices across the board, you may be coming for assistance from one of the more than 100 food programs in our food assistance network for additional help."

A study from the Angus Reid Institute released earlier this week, says people with household incomes under $50,000 are less likely to eat healthy, instead choosing cheaper options.


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