Abbotsford. I am a middle class spouse and mother of two. I grew up as a poor, frequently homeless, sister of one, and raised by my single mother. I have seen both sides of existence and know that it is not as simple as pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. As a child, we didn’t necessarily experience life; we survived, day to day. Without opportunities and privileges, which can take many forms that most of us not living on the edge take for granted, I would not have a stocked fridge AND freezer AND pantry. If I don’t have food in the house, I just run to the nearest grocery store or a cafe. I am taking the challenge to remind myself of the IMPOSSIBILITY of living beyond survival on $18 a week for groceries.
I will be blogging about my experience on the Vibrant Abbotsford website: vibrantabbotsford.ca/blog