Haredi households spend an estimated NIS 384 per month on food per person or 25 percent less than the NIS 509 spent per month per person in Israel as a whole, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Sunday, which was designated as International Food Day.
However, due to the larger-than-average size of ultra-orthodox families, the average haredi household spends NIS 2,110 on food each month, which is 23% more than the NIS 1,882 spent per household by the general population, the association said, citing an internal study on haredi food consumption.
Haredi households count 5.5 individuals on average, while the average family in the general Jewish Israeli population numbers 3.12 members, the association noted.
Over the past eight years, food spending in the haredi sector has grown only 2% in real terms.
About 20% of haredi households spend more than NIS 900 each week on food; another fifth spend between NIS 601 and NIS 900; 29% spend between NIS 401 and NIS 600; 26% spend between NIS 201 and NIS 400; and 5% of haredi households spend less than NIS 200 per week on food.
Separately, the Central Bureau of Statistics said that in 2005 19% of the country's food spending went to fruits and vegetables; 16% to meat and poultry; and 14% to bread, grains and baked goods. Food spending accounted for 16.3% of general household consumption in 2005, down from about 20% in the 1990s and 30% in the 1970s, the bureau said.