Monday marked International Eradication of Poverty Day, and local interest groups gathered to discuss ways to end the problem in Saskatchewan.

The groups identify the rising cost of groceries as one of the biggest factors leading to poverty, saying that since 2009, the price of food has risen 20 per cent.

In southern Saskatchewan the average weekly cost of groceries for a family of four is around $230. However, in the province’s north, the same family will spend around $310 a week on food.

The groups are calling on the province to cancel cuts to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability and the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement.

The Saskatchewan government says it hasn’t made a decision about the proposed cuts, but it’s evaluating all of its anti-poverty programs and services.

Based on a report by CTV Regina's Cally Stephanow