A recent report by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) sheds light on the alarming reality that nutritious diets are unaffordable for most British Columbians, particularly those with lower incomes. The Food Costing in BC 2022 report reveals the harsh truth of how rising living costs are making it increasingly challenging for people to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Key findings from the report are disheartening:
- Studies indicate that healthcare costs for food-insecure adults can be up to 76% higher compared to those with adequate access to healthy foods.
- The average monthly cost of a nutritious diet for a family of four in British Columbia during May and June of 2022 was a staggering $1,263. This highlights the urgent need for policy action to address the issue of food insecurity.
Other notable insights from the report are equally concerning:
- Nearly 15% of British Columbians face the daily struggle of putting food on their tables.
- The affordability crisis leads to missed meals, reduced food intake, and even days without food, impacting mental health, social well-being, and burdening our provincial healthcare system.
- Children and youth without consistent access to healthy food are at higher risk of anemia, lower nutrient intake, asthma, and hospitalization. They also experience poorer academic outcomes and social skills.
- Adults living in food-insecure households face increased rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Food insecurity can also result in symptoms of anxiety, sleep disturbance, social isolation, and depression.
How can you make a difference?
By donating to Quest Food Exchange, you can help ensure that families and individuals in need have access to affordable groceries they deserve. Your support will disrupt the cycle of poverty and provide sustainable access to nutritious food for those facing economic barriers. Together, let’s strive for a future where everyone has equal access to healthy and nourishing meals that support their well-being.
Everyone deserves the right to nutritious food. Let’s join forces to build a stronger, more resilient community.