Cost of a Healthy Food Basket (Republic of Ireland)

Low income households need to spend at least ¼ of their income to purchase a basket of food that would be both acceptable and healthy according to research published  this week. The research found the weekly cost of a healthy food basket ranged from €66 for a single pensioner to €165 for a family of two adults and two children, with households in rural areas facing bigger food costs compared with urban households.

The research which was led by consumers themselves, gives an actual cost on a healthy food basket for six types of Irish households in both an urban and rural location. Given that many household costs such as rent are fixed, food is often regarded as the flexible spend in a household budget and the last item that needs to be paid for, leading to those living on low incomes at particular risk of a poor diet.

Posted: 23/06/2015 10:29:43 by Laura Keaver


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