1st Annual Welfare Food Challenge

In October 2012, Raise the Rates launched its first Welfare Food Challenge. Here was the original call out for participants.

An Invitation to the People of BC

Raise the Rates has launched a new challenge, the Welfare Food Challenge. The challenge is to live for a week on the food that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have – spending only $26. Sign up to take the Challenge below!

Of the $610 a month the BC government provides for a person on welfare, after paying for accommodation, bus tickets and cellphone (necessary to look for work), and basic hygiene only $109 remains for food – less than $26 for a week. There is nothing for clothes, haircuts, or any social life.

The challenge will start on October 16, World Food Day, and will finish on October 23. The week includes World Poverty Day on October 17th.

Raise the Rates invites people from across BC in all walks of life to take the Welfare Food Challenge and share with friends, the media and policy makers their experiences of a week of poverty eating.

Raise the Rates recognizes that one week is not the same as what people on welfare experience, as they have to survive for months on welfare and often lack proper cooking facilities.

Read about the background of the Challenge and the guidelines for participants.

Send us your contact information if you’re interested in taking the Challenge:

The initial group of 2012 Challenge takers at the launch: Brent Mansfield, Trish Garner, Paul Taylor, Constance Barnes, Ted Bruce, and Colleen McGuire.

The initial group of 2012 Challenge takers at the launch: Brent Mansfield, Trish Garner, Paul Taylor, Constance Barnes, Ted Bruce, and Colleen McGuire.

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