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