Members of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have become increasingly concerned about the eating patterns of people on low incomes. Certain groups of the population are particularly vulnerable to the effects of restricted income on diet. These include children, the elderly, pregnant women, ethnic minorities, physically handicapped, mentally handicapped and the mentally ill. Individuals who require therapeutic diets may also be unable to afford the appropriate dietary modifications. Recommendations are listed which we consider would significantly improve the situation for people who are at greatest risk of ill health from nutritional causes.