Families hard hit as food basket becomes unaffordable

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Families are struggling to buy enough food for their families. Many have relied on food aid during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Families are struggling to buy enough food for their families. Many have relied on food aid during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The household affordability index, which tracks food price data, shows that in Pietermaritzburg the “food basket” is R3 709, which is highest level seen since Covid-19 began.

It is also the highest level seen since the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group began its food price collections in June 2018. Programme co-ordinator Mervyn Abrahams said that job losses and cuts in income have put severe pressure on the household food purse.

Women are struggling to feed their families and keep them safe from Covid-19.

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