PACSA MONTHLY FOOD PRICE BAROMETER
The January 2018 PACSA Food Price Barometer shows the inadequacy of the value of the Child Support Grant to support households to provide a basic but nutritionally complete monthly diet for a boy/girl child between the ages of 10-13 years.
The inadequacy of the Child Support Grant [CSG] (totalling R380 per month or R12.67 per day) is starkly revealed when we compare it to Statistics South Africa’s inflation adjusted Food Poverty Line of R531 per capita per month (R17.70 per day, which means the CSG of R12.67 per day is R5.03 per day below the food poverty line); and the actual January 2018 cost of securing a basic but nutritionally complete monthly diet for a boy/girl child between the ages of 10-13 years (R588.45 per month or R19.62 per day).
If we compare January’s daily costs of R19.62 to the daily value of the CSG of R12.67; it means an underspend of more than a third (35%) of nutritional food on the plates of around 12.1 million children and therefore a direct undermining of children’s health, growth and development and our future education, health, social and economic outcomes. See the January 2018 PACSA Food Price Barometer at Food Price Barometer January 2018