Kate Hoffard, Day 6

Day 6 was a challenge because it was a busy day, and I was so hungry by the time I got home; it was hard to wait 45 minutes to make my lentils while my tummy grumbled. The challenge with a small budget and minimal time is that it’s easier and certainly cheaper to eat Kraft Dinner instead of brown rice and lentils. It seems unfair for those on social assistance to not be able eat a healthy diet, and survive on ramen noodles, especially when they already have enough challenges.

Photo of Kate Hoffard's meals on day 6 of the 2014 Welfare Food Challenge

My thoughts this week have been with families and single moms with children – feeding kids on this budget must be degrading and frustrating, by not being able to help children grow strong and healthy. I’m glad to know I am finished soon, and that I don’t have to eat this way forever, as many others do. Breakfast was apple cinnamon oatmeal; lunch was leftover lentils, brown rice and spinach; dinner was garlicky-lentils and an apple and cabbage saute. As an explanation, I’m taking 3rd Annual #WelfareFoodChallenge, from Oct 16-22, organized by @raisetherates2014 to raise welfare rates; BC’s rates haven’t changed in 7 years. I have $21 this week for all my food. #raisetheratesFollow
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