9 Food items that are more expensive than ever in Canada

If you’ve gone grocery shopping lately, you’ve surely seen the affect the downturn has had at the register. Many food essentials like meat, produce and diary have soared in price thanks to a low loonie, high transportation costs and a bad crop in the last US growing season (Alberta especially imports many of it’s fresh items from the states).

Stats Canada recently published data showing which foods are taking the hardest hits, including these nine food basics:

This increase also affects the food bank and our clients. Last year, we spent over $1 million to purchase fresh produce or basic items we ran low on. This includes essentials like fresh produce, meat, dairy, peanut butter, pasta and other hamper contents.

For every dollar donated, we can distribute $5 worth of food — partly due to our awesome relationships with the food industry. The food bank often purchases either at cost or a special discount through our partners. But if costs go up for them, they will surely go up for us as well.

Are you noticing any produce price increases?

Find tips on how to save money at the grocery store on your next shop!

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