Welfare Food Challenge 2015

Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – Last Day

Today was the last day of the Welfare Food Challenge. I’m excited for it to be over (and even have a bag of chips teed up for midnight), but saddened at the same time. For many people in this province, the challenge continues – $3/day for food is their reality.

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – Half Way There

I’m more than half way through the week and counting down the days until the challenge is over. I have more food left than I thought I would at this stage and I’m definitely not at risk of running out. This is good news because I’ll be able to eat a bit more over the next 3 days. And while I admit it feels good to know that I figured out how to make the $21 dollars work, this in no way proves that $21 is a sufficient amount of money for food each week. Far from it.

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – Day 2

My head is pounding! I think it’s from no caffeine for 2 days. Hoping this will be gone tomorrow. I’ve been drinking plain hot water instead – I find it comforting actually. I’m not in the mood for much writing today, but I’ll let you know what I ate.

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015: It’s Going to be a Long Week

Today was the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge and I’m feeling a whole bunch of things at once. I am saddened by the fact that so many people in BC don’t have enough to eat. I am angry that we live in a place with so much excess, while so many have so little. I feel guilty that I complained about hunger pains after less than 24 hours of this challenge.  I am grateful for the support that I am already receiving on social media. My head is pounding, my stomach aches, and I’m tired. There’s a lot going on.

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – Day 1

Today is the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge.  For the next week, I will only be eating what I could manage to buy with 21 dollars.  I won’t be accepting any freebies, donations, or poaching from my garden or deep-freeze.  21 dollars does not seem like a lot for food.  That’s because it isn’t.  Having said that, I was surprised with what I was able to purchase for 21 dollars.  I went to two different stores, both within walking distance of my house.  I had checked flyers online over the weekend to see what was on special so that I could do my best to maximize my budget.

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Welfare Food Challenge 2015: Could you Survive on 21 Dollars a Week for Food?

21dollarsaweek2“Should I have peanut butter or chicken?” I asked my husband, already knowing my answer.

“I think peanut butter” he said. “It’s more versatile.” Good answer.

“Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.” I was trying to decide whether or not to spend $4.00 on a few chicken thighs, or $3.00 on a jar of peanut butter. I was having a hard time justifying the extra dollar on chicken, even though I needed some more protein for the week. Peanut butter seemed to make the most sense anyways. I’d be able to have it every day, I like it, and I don’t have to cook it. Straight out of the jar. That will do.

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