Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
3 minute read
10 Mar 2021
6:02 pm

No hope for poor children without nutritious food

Ina Opperman

The food poverty line, as calculated by Stats SA, is R585 per person per month and it is clear that the grant of R440 is set below the food poverty line.

Picture: iStock/Mizina

There is no hope for poor children without nutritious food, according to the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group’s survey of the Household Food Basket in the Household Affordability Index. Basic nutritious diet for a child It shows that the average cost of a basic nutritious diet for a child increased by R15,01 from R695,74 per month in September to R710,75 in February. The group says as children grow older, their nutritional requirements increase. This means that the cost of feeding a child increases in price as the child grows older. It is also different for teenage girls and boys....