[A]bout 10 per cent of Niagara families live with food insecurity because of the growing gulf between what healthy food costs and what people on low incomes can afford.

Each year, regional staff visit grocery stores to price 67 items that make up what’s known as the “healthy food basket,” representing what it would take to feed a family of two parents and two children with healthy food for a week.

That basket rose another three per cent, or about $6 in the last year and now stands at $196.27.

For folks trying to get by with minimum-wage jobs, social assistance or Ontario disability, it’s increasingly getting out of reach.