According to Canada’s Food Price Report, food prices increased dramatically throughout 2022. It has been predicted that an increase of five per cent to seven per cent will be made in grocery stores.
Statistics Canada released data on its monthly average retail prices for food and other selected products. The data has only been reported up until February of 2022. However, the cost of food has gone up significantly since then.
For example, the data suggested that the price of a dozen eggs used to be $3.87 back in February. As of September, eggs are now $6.99 at a local No Frills.
“I spend around $150 on groceries for three weeks,” says Victoria Gomez, a second-year journalism student from Humber college. “When I go to campus, I spend around $25.”
With food prices soaring, some students still opt in to buy food instead of making their own. We did our own poll at Skedline News and calculated around 56 per cent to 58 per cent of students on average spend on $20 a day on food. While 28 per cent to 34 per cent spend $30 and seven per cent to eight per cent spend $40 to $50 each day.
“I usually only eat once at school,” says Julia Pedra, a Humber student in the Social Service Worker program. “I get a coffee and then something else with it; I spend around $20, maybe.”
To spend $20 a day on food can add up quite quickly, especially for students who go to school full-time. However, students are not concerned about the prices.
“It’s given nothing; it’s lacking,” says Gomez. “Regardless of the food taste, I’m lazy to make a lunch.”
Lunch does not always have to be extravagant, but it should be affordable and tasty; food is fuel, and students could use all the brain power they can get.
Here is a simple $10 chicken and avocado wrap recipe that is easy to make and perfect for those who are busy and want to stay within their budget.
Full Head of Lettuce
One Red Onion
Three Dill Pickles
Two Cooked Chicken Breast
Four Heaping Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
One Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
One teaspoon of salt and pepper
In a big bowl, combine cut lettuce, onion, avocado, tomatoes, dill pickles, cooked chicken breast, lime juice, garlic powder, and some mayonnaise.
Mix contents until all ingredients are covered. Add more mayonnaise to your liking.
Add salt and pepper and mix some more.
Transfer mix to a wrap.
Roll it up.
Store in a container for later.
Add mayonnaise to your wrap before eating to make the filling last longer.
To cut costs on other meals, buying a whole barbeque chicken can last someone an entire week. After using the bones can be used to make broth or soup.