The cost to eat healthy remains high in the Kenora and Rainy River district.
The Northwestern Health Unit's latest food costing survey finds a family of four paying roughly $976 a month to properly.
Nutritionist Julie Slack says it's a slight drop over last year, but many families are still facing significant challenges.
She notes people are still paying hydro, rent and other needed bills before feeding their family a healthy meal.
Almost 59% of Ontario families struggling to put food on the table are part of the labour force.
Slack believes that planned increases to the minimum wage and the test of a guaranteed annual income are measures that could help many eat healthier in the future.
She says it's a step in the right direction.