Victoria Lee, Days 2-4

I have been fighting off a cold since late last week… It’s been nagging on and I’m still struggling with it and in bed this weekend. Having access to nutritious and healthy foods is not only important for preventing disease and maintaining health but also for recovering from illness. One of the reasons why Canadian Medical Association’s report on Health Care in Canada ( concluded that poverty is the most important factor when it comes to determining whether Canadians live long, and healthy lives.

Kate Kysow, Day 3

An Apple treat

The last $2.50 Today, I went to Young Brothers market with my remaining $2.50. I knew I wanted 3 sweet potatoes and 3 more bananas, but had no idea how much that would cost. All the prices are per pound, but that doesn’t really mean anything to me. I gingerly went to the counter with my 6 items and hoped they wouldn’t cost more than $2.50. Luckily, they didn’t! I even had enough to buy 3 carrots, 1 onion, and as a “treat” 1 apple. I was so excited I walked out… Read More

Lou Black, Day 3

I’m sick of rice and I think I officially hate lentils. I have a 1/4 of the margarine left, 5 eggs, 1/2 the rice, hardly any cheese, and a LOT of lentils. Headed to a party soon, will be drinking ginger tea and avoiding the snack table….

Bif Naked, Day 3

In gratitude I eat my one, small bowl. #onebowlperday #RAISETHERATES @raisetherates2014 Amen.

Sieun Lee, Day 3

Saturday, October 18, 2014 For breakfast, I had a cup of soy milk with 20 Shreddies and 20 roasted black beans, and felt pretty full. I think my stomach is shrinking. For the mid-morning snack, I ate the last quarter of the Fuji apple from yesterday. Lunch at noon: a cup of steamed rice, and 1/5 of sweet and spicy tofu. During the early afternoon, a labmate offered me an After Eight. Together we calculated one After Eight mint chocolate thin cost approximately 7 cents. This was not too bad. I took… Read More

Chantelle Sutton, Day 3

Today was hard. We re-evaluated our food options and realized we wouldn’t make it to Wed dinner. Another trip to Walmart (I didn’t buy everything up front because I figured I would have to change some things). To make matters worse….I did my math wrong below (I think I forgot to add the coffee in) so I was actually over by $2.37! We took out the veggie burgers (luxury item!), dropped the milk to 1L, switched out a can of soup for 4 packs of Ramen noodles (those are super cheap!), added… Read More

Gent Family, Day 3

Not enjoying a beer at a Sloan concert… seems a fairly modest sacrifice, and low on the list of tragedies befalling someone down on their luck, but I found myself actually more upset about this missed opportunity than many others during the challenge thus far. Jen and I had tickets to see the band Sloan at the Commodore last night, something we had planned for a while, and not food, so we attended, still recognizing that this is not the sort of opportunity someone on income assistance would ever consider on the… Read More

Tara-lee Gardner, Day 3

Skipped breakfast cause I didn’t feel like cream of wheat again. Lunch is chickpeas, celery, pickles and mustard spread on toast. #welfarefoodchallenge #raisetherates #vegansofig

Jen Muranetz, Day 3

Pasta: $.54, Salt: $.02, Garlic Powder: $.09, Chicken Soup Base: $.16, Tea: $1.98 #welfarefoodchallenge #bulkfood #welfarefoodchallenge #bulkfood

Tess Healy, Day 3

All I seem to think about is food. And I feel crabby and irritable. Why does my partner put dishes away higgledy-piggledy? All the freaking time! That is not me and do I ever really care about how dishes are stacked? No. I am becoming someone I don’t like much. I was going to go to the food bank but my partner said that would be taking food from people who really needed it and to find out what the food bank was giving and she would be my food bank and… Read More

Alan Yu, Day 3

October 18th, 2014 “Son of a…..” is what kind of crossed my mind today with some stuff I saw. Video below for my day’s recap for those who prefer it. I included some other interesting stuff I saw today in the video too. There was an obstacle today as I had to head out the door earlier than I thought. As a result, I wasn’t able to prepare my regular breakfast. Therefore, I only had an apple. That’s the main negative of being on a budget as many times we tend to… Read More

Samantha Truong, Day 3

Today, I ate breakfast and dinner, but no lunch. I ran out of time to cook pasta in the kitchen, so I skipped lunch and drank a cup of almond milk instead. This did not help with the hunger. One thing I have realized is how much time it takes to save money. I am so used to lining up 5 minuets for a sandwich at the nearest fast food joint – having to bus off campus to buy groceries and then cook my meals can easily take four to six hours… Read More

Suzanne Johnson, Day 3

Saturday, 18 October 2014 – Why $21 Today I feel a little better than I have the first two days. I still have a headache but its not as bad as it was yesterday. My mind doesn’t feel like its functioning quite right and my stomach is not particularly happy, let’s just say that I am totally aware that it is there. I was super happy to purchase four spartan apples with the remaining money (0.95) at the fruit stand in Trout Creek. They had the best price per pound being a… Read More

Kate Hoffard, Day 3

Day 3 marked the reintroduction of tea into my life, and it was such a blessing. I had a tiny pinch of loose-leaf tea with with apple cinnamon oatmeal at breakfast (forgot to take a photo before I dug in, hence the half eaten bowl). I saved the small amount for a second cup of tea after lunch; much weaker, and not my usual practice, but it was tea all the same. This week is about compromise. Lunch was a spice-roasted warm chickpea and apple salad with cilantro. For dinner, I got… Read More