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Alberta’s economic recovery has barely touched many Calgarians, with one in four saying they can only afford food and a roof over their heads, according to the annual Vital Signs survey.

In a poll of 2,262 people last June, 24 per cent said their ability to afford more than the basic necessities of life was below average or poor, which is up by one percentage point from last year. Also, 21 per cent said access to affordable, nutritious food was below average or poor, which is a five-percentage-point improvement over the previous year, but still shocking and unacceptable, said Calgary Foundation president Eva Friesen.