Nutritious Food Basket

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A follow-up to my last post on the subject (“London’s Board of Health re Social Assistance Rates”), this information comes from Heather Thomas (Public Health Dietitian, Middlesex-London Health Unit).

The Nutritious Food Basket is completed annually as required by the Ministry of Health Promotion (and previously the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care).

The Ministry requires the costing survey to be completed annually between May and June.

The list of 66 foods is determined by Stats Canada based on expenditure patterns of Canadians.

There are some limitations to the protocol and it is currently under review by the Ministry of Health Promotion. For example, the list of 66 foods may not be entirely reflective on your diet or my diet, may not meet one’s needs if they are on a special diet, may not be reflective of one’s multicultural background, and does not include foods that may be obtained as gifts, through hunting, or the like.

While it is not perfect, it is meant to provide a snapshot of trends in food costs over time.

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