Nearly one in 10 Niagara families are worried about their ability to put enough healthy food on the table, a new report from the Region’s public health department says.

And while Niagara families struggling to make ends meet are finding it increasingly difficult to put healthy food on the table, that’s especially true for people scraping by on social assistance or living on the minimum wage, figures in the Feb. 18 report show.

The new statistics show the cost for a family of two Niagara parents and two children to have adequate, healthy food increased about 12 per cent from 2009 to 2013, to $190.15 a week. That’s about $3 more than the provincial average