Sarah Nattrass, Day 6

It’s day 6 of the challenge and so far I’ve gained some interesting insights. First, I have realized how often I eat simply for pleasure. How often I pick up that latte or treat just because I can, but not because I actually need it or am that hungry. On that note, I’ve found that I’m now eating when I’m actually really hungry not just out of boredom, which is often the case (especially when I’m home working on homework and want any excuse to get up from writing!). I have also… Read More

Melissa Baker RD(t), Day 6

Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge. I have run out of oatmeal and I can’t eat another brown banana no matter how much peanut butter I put on it. I’ll have to improvise for breakfast tomorrow. Maybe some sort of baked barley banana custard? I considered throwing the rest of my cooked barley out, I am so sick of it! But wasting food on this budget makes my stomach churn. The weekend was definitely the most challenging. Having a social life and being on welfare do not mix, which is… Read More

Sarah Carten, Day 6

Most people this week have asked me this week how hungry I am.  That question doesn’t get at the heart of the health impact of living on such limited funds.  This issue isn’t just about hunger. Living in constant worry about food would likely impact my health far more than hunger itself. As a dietitian, I could also analyse the health impact of my food choices (negligible in calcium and vitamin D; no omega-3’s; excess sodium; etc). But I also think that the stress of worrying that my poor quality diet isn’t… Read More

Kathy Romses, Day 6

I joined a few other participants from the Welfare Food Challenge at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House for lunch. We shared food and stories of our experiences of living on $26.   My husband and I walked to the grocery store tonight to spend my last $1. I was tempted to splurge and try to find a chocolate bar for $1 since I haven’t had any added sugar this week and I am craving something sweet. I decided on 2 bananas and a local apple. It’s a good thing my husband had… Read More

Margaret Marquardt, Day 6

This is my second reflection on being on the Welfare Challenge of living on $26.00 for the week between (October 14-October 23. This is part of the work of Raise the Rates for those on Social Assistance in BC. Please see the link below in how you or your community could respond. Taking the Challenge meant that we could not use any food we had at home or take charity. It has meant only living on the $26.00 https://welfarefoodchallenge.org/take-action-2/ As I wrote in my first reflection, my $26.00 bought me small amounts… Read More

Sarah Nattrass, Day 6

It’s day 6 of the challenge and so far I’ve gained some interesting insights. First, I have realized how often I eat simply for pleasure. How often I pick up that latte or treat just because I can, but not because I actually need it or am that hungry. On that note, I’ve found that I’m now eating when I’m actually really hungry not just out of boredom, which is often the case (especially when I’m home working on homework and want any excuse to get up from writing!). I have also… Read More