Healthy foods are becoming increasingly difficult for low-income households to afford as food prices soar, according to a new regional report.

The cost of feeding a family of four a healthy diet in Waterloo Region this year is $195 a week, up just over five per cent from 2014 — a jump of more than $40 a month. In the past five years, the cost has risen 13.5 per cent.

“I think it really does illustrate the challenge for the families who want to feed their children well,” said Sharlene Sedgwick Walsh, regional director of healthy living, planning and promotion.