Kate Hoffard, Day 7

Day 7 – after a week on $21, I think many things have changed: my perspective, my diet, and my spending.

It’s too easy to forget about about those who need help, those who we see lining up for the food bank, or those people on the street we push from our minds. Remember how many young children and families are on social assistance, and how many use the food bank. $21 is not enough money to healthily, to feed our bodies and our minds. When you’re hungry, it’s so hard to think clearly. Being hungry affected my ability to think, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to job hunt effectively while needing more food. Being hungry made me tired, and made me head to bed really early because it was easier to sleep than stay awake with a rumbling tummy. And the monotony of the same food, with no hope of more money, day in and day out, was hard. Without the potential for change, I can imagine how people would be tempted to steal food.

Photo of Kate's meals on day 7 of the Welfare Food Challenge

For breakfast, apple cinnamon oatmeal; lunch was leftover lentils and sauteed apple and cabbage; dinner was the last of the brown rice, stirfried with peanuts, chili, garlic and cilantro, with garlicky (frozen) spinach. The only food I have left from this week is a few apples – I cut it very close, right to the end. Rationing my food felt like a foreign concept at the beginning of this week, but it feels very familiar now. If you’ve learned something from this challenge and want to support raising welfare, please sign the petition below: http://chn.ge/1x0GQIU. I’m looking forward to eating whatever I want tomorrow, but I’ll be thinking of those on welfare as I do. As an explanation, I’m taking the 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. #raisetherates

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