Samantha Truong, Prep for the Challenge

October 15, 2014 – WHY AM I DOING THIS?

October 1st, 2014 – I was in my dorm room, reading chapter six of my social work textbook titled Social Welfare in Canada: Understanding Income Security. My whatsapp app was buzzing every two minutes, because my sis chat group was talking about a family member who is in a transition house with her three year-old daughter for many complicated, structural, oppressing, and intersecting issues. My social work TA – whose name I still do not know – presented this welfare food challenge to us in class just two days ago, which has been lingering on the back on my mind since. Things start clicking and rolling, and as I read into my chapter on Canadians living in poverty, I can’t help but feel sad, angry, and guilty.

From then on, I made the decision of committing to this challenge. I am writing this blog with hopes that I will create a ripple effect, to reduce stigma on the “deserving poor” and maybe – just maybe – see some political movement. So join me in this challenge, follow me, share my post, and help me get attention to this project – or even better, commit to this challenge with me.

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Thanks for your support, and have a great day! 🙂


One more day.

My day consisted of planning my meal for the next seven days, and it looks like I am going to have to compromise a nutritious diet for a more affordable one instead. As I am in the middle of mid-terms, I realized that I have been so caught up in school that I do not even have a kitchen where I live. So completing this challenge will be harder then I expected.

I must confess, I have reached a point of discomfort already, even before starting my challenge. As I practice potential ways to cook in my dorm room, I have utilized my microwave in ways I have never thought I would. I have microwaved my raw eggs as a source of affordable protein to eat, and let me tell you – from an insider’s perspective, it isn’t half bad, but only microwave it for sixty seconds for two eggs, as 90 seconds will cause it to be tough (trust me, I would know).

In addition to my cooking shenanigans, I have gotten in contact with the Georgia straight, the CiTR and the UBC Talon newspaper – all which are interested to publish and promote this challenge. I will be interviewed live by Morgan from the CiTR this Friday October 17 at 5:15pm, so please tune in to 101.9 to support and listen! I am so overwhelming excited from this, and hope that I can attract more attention to this cause as the week continues. If you are unable to participate in this challenge, please sign this petition in support of my challenge.

Thank you!

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