Lou Black, Day 3

I’m sick of rice and I think I officially hate lentils. I have a 1/4 of the margarine left, 5 eggs, 1/2 the rice, hardly any cheese, and a LOT of lentils. Headed to a party soon, will be drinking ginger tea and avoiding the snack table….

Lou Black, Day 2

My low laying virus resurfaced today. It bites to not be able to go to my usual comfort foods and drinks for being sick. Lentils, eggs, and rice are starting to get boring already. It makes me aware of the degree to which food is a source of entertainment and comfort for me, unlike the basic sustenance role it plays in many people’s lives. A good way to be reminded of my privilege…

Lou Black, Day 1

$ 21 bought me: 4 cups of oats, 4 cups of lentils, 6 cups of rice, small can of salsa, 2 tomatoes, 1 head of garlic, 5 bananas, 1 orange, 75 grams feta, 1 dozen eggs 1 block of tofu, small square of margarine I was up past my bedtime cooking last night and am tired today. There’s no eating at restaurants or getting take out this week so I had to have some ready to eat food for work. I think I might be bored of rice already. I’m salivating going… Read More

Lou Black

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Live: Commercial Drive, Vancouver About myself: I’m optimistic, and a big fan of the work of Raise the Rates. I work as a Researcher and Policy Analyst with the Hospital Employees Union (HEU). I’m very physically active and as a result, am high maintenance in terms of caloric needs. Why I am doing the Welfare Food Challenge: I worked in shelters for a lot of years before taking my current job. I have watched hundreds of resourceful, well intended, and wonderful people struggle to sustain themselves on the pittance they receive from… Read More