Cynnimon Rain, Day 1

My grocery list for the week included the following. I thought I would have money to buy some vegetables however my total was already at $16.10 and want to keep the $1.90 to buy some fresh leafy green vegetables but could not find any for $1.90 today ☹ 500 grams Oatmeal 2 lbs Jasmine Rice 400 grams Red Split Lentils 400 grams Barley 640 grams Soft Flour Whole Wheat Tortillas (10) 5 bananas/2 oranges 2 fig bars Breakfast each day – cup cooked oatmeal plus banana late in morning until gone Late… Read More

Angela Kruger, Day 1

Photo of bowl of rice and lentiles wiht 2 poached eggs on top

quiet /// I don’t know what to blog about. I had a regular day and I have very low energy. I spoke a lot less than I usually do. I’m quiet. I ate this: Breakfast was my favourite meal of the day. Couldn’t afford coffee. These were like, quite bad. Well, and a banana. And then I went to soccer. My coach looked up and went Angela! as I arrived. He was happy to see me because we didn’t have many players today, and a good number of the players we did… Read More

Toth Family, Day 1

The amazing Toth family has been documenting their experiences during the Welfare Food Challenge on video. Watch it to see how they’re managing!

Robyn Turner, Day 1

Photo of Campbell’s vegetable soup with 2.5 parts water, lentils, orzo

It has been 24 hours since I started the welfare challenge. Eating wise, I am carefully rationing my food. I think I have enough, but there is fear of running out. So far my meals are: B: Toast with peanut butter, maybe a banana L: Soup with slice of bread D: Campbell’s vegetable soup with 2.5 parts water, lentils, orzo (picture below) This actually made a fair amount, which should last a few days. It is also filling, contains various sources of fibre, and some protein. A good combination. But, I am… Read More

Samantha, Day 1

Day 1 I started off the day with a large bowl of oatmeal and a mug of black tea, both sweetened with sugar. As soon as I tasted the tea I knew it was a giant mistake. I will never buy dollar store tea again. I am a huge tea drinker and so I wanted to include tea in my budget to prevent caffeine withdrawal. This was $1.58 that I could have spent much better elsewhere. I won’t even drink this stuff so it was a total waste of 9% of my… Read More

Darcie Bennett, Day 1

Illustration of Welfare Food Challenge groceries by Sam Bradd

Darcie Bennett from Pivot Legal Society is taking this year’s #WelfareFoodChallenge and living on a welfare budget of $18 of groceries this week. Here’s what she had to say about day one, drawn by visual artist Sam Bradd.

Lena Danyluk, Day 1

This morning my housemates and I began the week-long Welfare Food Challenge with a bowl of oatmeal cooked with banana — a pretty regular breakfast to what we normally eat — and yet we are not sure how we will handle eating that for 7 days in a row. “What is the Welfare Food Challenge?” you might ask. Well, it is a campaign put on by Raise the Rates to bring awareness to current welfare rate of $610 per month, which has not been raised for nine years. Perhaps, if you are like me, you are… Read More