Audrey Anne Guay, Day 1

Meal for Audrey Anne Guay on Day 1 of the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge

This week, my community and I are participating in the welfare food challenge. I, along with others in the province of BC, will be eating only what can be bought with $21, the money left over for food on a welfare budget. No food banks, no free food, no access to pantry or garden. Today, I ate an orange for breakfast, 2 eggs + 2 pieces of toast for lunch, and lentil soup for dinner. Not a bad first day, and after a long day, I am feeling fed. Here is the… Read More

Wendy Au Yeung, Day 1

Watch the video for some of my reflections. DAY 1 of Welfare Food Challenge! IN SHORT: I only have ~$3 left for this week, was sad to miss out on a community meal with my neighbours because we are not allowed to receive free food or use any form of food charity, and realize how time and energy consuming it is to ensure your food dollars stretch to the last penny. WHAT I ATE Breakfast: boiled egg + black coffee Lunch: tomato pasta with chickpeas and spinach Dinner: red lentil soup with… Read More

Melanie Steele, Day 1

Today was the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge and I’m feeling a whole bunch of things at once. I am saddened by the fact that so many people in BC don’t have enough to eat. I am angry that we live in a place with so much excess, while so many have so little. I feel guilty that I complained about hunger pains after less than 24 hours of this challenge. I am grateful for the support that I am already receiving on social media. My head is pounding, my… Read More

Jenny Kwan, Day 1

Dinner for Jenny Kwan on Day 1 of 2015 Welfare Food Challenge

After #WelfareFoodChallenge Boiled all the eggs, packed in suitcase. Lunch: 1toast &apple. Headed to airport @bifnaked @melaniejmark Couldn’t wait to eat my boiled egg for dinner so had it for a snack. Was too hungry. Dinner: peanut butter sandwich & 1 kiwi. Still hungry, drank lots of water. Going to bed early so I don’t have to think being hungry.

Monika Smith and her Mom, Day 1

I made biscuits with white gravy with a glass of milk for breakfast, had a can of soup for lunch and just drank water, and made spaghetti with garlic and herb sauce for supper and just drank water, and half a banana for a snack. My total caloric intake was 1,725, and I lost 517 calories due to work, for a grand total of 1,208 calories, which is low, but I felt fine, I was not hungry. Monika’s Mom Ate biscuits with white gravy and a glass of milk. Had a can… Read More

Lindsay Bissett, Day 1

Lunch for Lindsay Bissett on Day 1 of the Welfare Food Challenge

Lunch day one: veggies seasoned with ramen noodle spices. After eating I realize that I’m full but not at all satisfied. Enjoying food is a luxury on $21/day

Susan Martin, Day 1

Day 1 of the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge for Susan Martin

November 3, 2015 – Day 1 of the Welfare Food Challenge When is being sick (as in sore throat, congestion, fatigue and a lack of interest in anything but sleep) a good thing? When you have to cut back on eating. I woke up yesterday (Monday, November 2) feeling kind of yucky – sore throat and a bit feverish – but had stuff to do so shrugged it off. By 6:00 pm on Monday I was shivering, my throat was throbbing and I went to bed at 8:00 pm and slept through… Read More

Bif Naked, Day 1

Dinner for Bif Naked, Day 1 of the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge

Last night’s #WelfareFoodChallenge dinner: my ration of eggplant + zucchini @RaisetheRates @JennyKwanBC

Lily Wong, Day 1

November 3, 2015 • Breakfast: A banana, one piece of toast and a cup of tea. Lunch: Small portions of noodle stir fry with no sauce, a banana, a cookie, half an egg sandwich Dinner: Three apples, an egg and noodle stir-fry The night before the challenge, I bought most of my groceries and I had $4 left. I decided to make a large stir-fry of noodles, lettuce, and meat that I am hoping to last me for three or four days. I planned on dividing it into 6-7 portions and pair… Read More

Ashley Bodkin and Vaughn, Day 1

My weekend was not spent participating in Halloween festivities but rather spent shopping around the city for the best deals. I was surprised how upsetting it was and the recurring thought I keep having is, thank god I don’t have to feed children on this budget. I opted for more food, less health … and still wondering if that was the best choice. After the seven days are over I may never eat ramen noodles again. As I started the challenge this morning the first notable change was my coffee. I love… Read More

Brigit King and Colby, Day 1

Food bought by Brigit King and Colby for the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge

Last night, Colby and I went grocery shopping for the Welfare Food Challenge. We had $42 to spend between the two of us. The experience was much more stressful than I had anticipated. I consider myself quite savvy when it comes to budgeting, but as I scoured the shelves for the lowest prices, I realized that I’ve never had a hard line when I comes to my food allowance. I was no longer looking at the nutritional value of food, only the dollar value. Although we carefully selected items averaging around two… Read More