Oatmeal for breaky, PB sandwich and an apple for lunch (I forgot my banana at home, I was so upset), KD and the rest of our broccoli for dinner. I’m getting used to not eating much but I think the lack of nutritious food is getting to me. My energy is low and to be honest, I’m cranky. I’m ready for this to be over. The sad part is, for so many this is there life. It doesn’t end in a week.
Hanging on to the #welfarefoodchallenge My clinical, community, and research work revolves around the relationship between poverty and health. I am privileged to hear the stories of patients who are struggling. I get it, I think to myself, and I’m committed to making a change. Do I need to do the welfare food challenge to help me do this? Probably not. But perhaps I can learn something. On day 1 of the food challenge, I had a commitment to speak at the BC Renal Agency annual conference on the topic of poverty… Read More
What a challenge and how many times I have failed simply because, unlike those living in these situations full time, I have availability of food. I am grateful for the heightened compassion for the plight of others, for the conversation that this challenge has inspired and for the comments of those who come to the Blessings Pantry to shop. As mentioned in the links I am irritable dizzy, wanting to isolate but feeling left out. My work duties are suffering and this is no fun. Conclusion = We as a society are… Read More
It is Day 5 of the welfare food challenge. I meant to communicate at the half way point through Twitter, Facebook and a blog post. I managed the first two and here is the blog post a few days late. I am definitely counting the days until it is over – two more sleeps. I have never been so aware of the cost of food. I have lived with my partner, Lee, for more than thirty years. When we first got together our division of labour was that he did the grocery… Read More
I am feeling better today (recovering slowly but surely). It’s a lot easier to be at work, back to back meetings, intriguing conversations/discussions and public health emergencies to keep me busy from thinking about what my next meal looks like and far away from my pantry full of food. It’s encouraging to know that there is a large group of “Welfare Food Challenge Takers” this year going through similar experiences of mundane foods, hunger, and lethargy with only $21 to spend on food over 7 days. It’s deeply disturbing to know that… Read More
Day 5 of the $21 welfare food challenge. Food is running low!
Monday, October 20, 2014 Breakfast with 2 tablespoons of the Greek yogurt, 10 Shreddies, and 10 blueberries. Since I am unable to afford the 40-cent coffee, I am trying a couple of different instant coffees. Roommate let me try her “Make 260 Coffees or More” Nescafe Rich instant coffee. It was not bad and cost 7 cents. Morning snack was 7 chestnuts. For lunch, I had 1.5 cup of steamed rice with 1 cup of broccoli soup. The soup actually came out a bit salty, and good to dunk a dollop of… Read More
From https://twitter.com/TanjaCvekic Had to quit #welfarefoodchallenge over wknd. Not enough nutrients, felt weak & hungry. @RaisetheRates #bcpoverty Living off $21/week healthily = hours of planning groceries & meals. Even so, not likely. #welfarefoodchallenge #bcpoverty @RaisetheRates
Monday, 20 October 2014 So many things to write about today. As I struggle with the boredom of food and the extreme lack of flavour and as I desperately try to make something taste good on this $21/week diet I can’t help but think about the single mother of three who because of her high rate of rent actually had only 78 dollars per month to feed her family of four. At the same time, I am working at one of my part time jobs as a Healthy School Coordinator with which… Read More
#welfarefoodchallenge I have enough food,I'm so sick of it, it makes me not want to eat. Guh. #raisetherates campaigning sucks hungry. It takes an incredible amount of energy and patience to help people in poverty, it takes significantly more to live it. #raisetherates
Housemate made an epic meal of deep fried perogies & homemade French fries. Can't eat it… #WelfareFoodChallenge pic.twitter.com/y2HWmzmNPQ
Too tired and getting depressed, very weepy so I don’t have a diary for day 4. I have had a couple of occasions (one yesterday and one today) where food has been supplied at a meeting, and at these meetings I have overeaten, eaten things I don’t even like and taken food away with me. My embarrassment that people would think me greedy did not last long. I was too hungry to care. I even went into the kitchen and begged for a coffee before the meeting started and before the coffee… Read More
Food I did some cooking in the kitchen, and the photo with all the containers is all the food I will be eating until the end of my challenge. I am quite pleased with my “casserole” – it consists of shredded potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and tomato paste. And half an hour in the oven, I also baked some potato chucks and tossed it in there to get some variety in texture! For dinner, I had instant noodles – this time I used my veggie broth remainder to boil the noodles in, rather… Read More
Day 5 – hungry and slow today, but the best news is I’ve realized I’ll have enough food for the week! I’ll have enough lentils and apples. For breakfast was apple cinnamon oatmeal (again), and leftovers from last night for lunch (brown rice, lentils, and spinach). I had some peanuts for a snack – forgot to take a picture. Dinner was caramelized onions and cabbage, and a lentil dahl with cilantro and garlic. As an explanation, I’m taking 3rd Annual #WelfareFoodChallenge, from Oct 16-22, organized by @raisetherates2014 to raise welfare rates; BC’s… Read More
October 21st, 2014 What a hectic day this was as well as learning some interesting public feedback about this welfare food challenge. Sorry, rush post today as I am blogging and cooking at the same time. Video below for my day’s recap. Today was interesting as work wise I agreed to do so many things which kept me busy all day. For one of the work I did, as mentioned yesterday meals were provided to people and this is what my friend got just as an example of the food I could… Read More