Do you think you could feed your family a healthy meal with only $15? Whether or not you can feed your family on a limited budget depends a lot on where you live.

The map above shows the total cost of 1 kg of chicken breast, 1 kg of apples, 1 kg potatoes, and 1 kg of milk in every state in America.

The average cost of feeding your family a home-cooked meal in the U.S.? $14.99. The costliest state for groceries? Virginia. The cheapest? Idaho.

Diets in Review writes,

“Many suggest the food inequality problem is caused by the seemingly high price of health food. While it’s true that buying food at the ‘trendy’ health-based grocery stores may be expensive, they aren’t the only places selling the components of healthy meals. Even if you buy the ingredients from your local Wal-Mart or Aldi, it’s still going to be ultimately cheaper than buying fast food, and a lot better for you.

The problem then may not be the cost of groceries themselves, but rather the accessibility. Food deserts are a growing problem in the U.S., as more people turn to unhealthy food alternatives simply because of easy access.”

To get the ingredients to make a simple meal at home, you would spend an average of $15. That’s compared to an average of $6.50 for a single meal from a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s.


[via Diets in Review]