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Cost of Food in Winnipeg

June 16, 2015

Marnie McQuade and Marina Sominsky

For participants of the Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) program in Manitoba there is a considerable difference between available funds allotted for basic needs and how much these necessities of life, actually cost.  Food availability and affordability is one of the primary issues faced by participants of EIA and others who have a low income level.

Our goal in this study was to survey both food availability and affordability for EIA participants to compare with their current budget allotted for basic needs. Considering the fact that a portion of the EIA often go toward supplementing housing and other costs of living, the shortage of funds available for food, clothing, transportation, personal and household supplies cause distress for individuals and families who are trying to meet their most basic needs.

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