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New safefood report reveals the weekly cost of a healthy family diet for low income households

1 December 2016

New safefood report reveals the weekly cost of a healthy family diet for low income households

The study has revealed that some families need to spend up to €160 a week to eat a healthy balanced diet, a 36% share of their budget if on a low income or social welfare.  The research looked at the cost of a healthy food basket for different household types finding: a two parent, two children household needs to spend between €121 and €160 a week; a one parent, two children family needs to spend up to €101; and for a pensioner living alone, the cost of a healthy food shop is €64 per week.  The report highlights the challenges facing low‑income families to balance the expense of a minimum nutritious food basket while meeting other weekly household expenses.

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