LAST DAY – Reflection Today was fun. I boothed at the Totem Park Commons Block where 1st years live, and engaged in dialogue with dozens of people. I also gave them the option to sign the petition to raise the rates if they were interested. What I experienced this evening was a reminder as to why we need to create awareness, and why we need to engage in dialogue to create a safe space for people to learn, make mistakes, and get thinking. Today, I had dozens of conversations with students at… Read More
Wow, was today ever a great day for awareness – this project was published in 3 different newspapers! I AM SO HAPPY! The 24 hour newspaper: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/10/20/welfare-rates-a-strain-on-kids-student The Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/news/753491/samantha-truong-what-i-learned-taking-welfare-food-challenge. and The Talon UBC: http://thetalon.ca/raisetherates-bcs-3rd-annual-welfare-challenge/ I will also have a 30 minute show with the CiTR 101.9FM @4pm on Thursday October 23! Tune in!
Food I did some cooking in the kitchen, and the photo with all the containers is all the food I will be eating until the end of my challenge. I am quite pleased with my “casserole” – it consists of shredded potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and tomato paste. And half an hour in the oven, I also baked some potato chucks and tossed it in there to get some variety in texture! For dinner, I had instant noodles – this time I used my veggie broth remainder to boil the noodles in, rather… Read More
Today, I ate breakfast and dinner, but no lunch. I ran out of time to cook pasta in the kitchen, so I skipped lunch and drank a cup of almond milk instead. This did not help with the hunger. One thing I have realized is how much time it takes to save money. I am so used to lining up 5 minuets for a sandwich at the nearest fast food joint – having to bus off campus to buy groceries and then cook my meals can easily take four to six hours… Read More
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Friday was an eventful day. I woke up at 8:00am and ate my oatmeal. By 10:00am, I was already very hungry because my oatmeal was not very filling. So I began to eat my lunch at 10:00am. With no dipping sauce or salt, my lunch was very flavourless, and I actually only ate half of it because I didn’t like the taste. I would have rather been hungry then to eat my vegetables. And that says something on its own – I mean, I imagine those that… Read More
10:30am: I had some instant oatmeal, a box of Quaker oats that was on sale for $2.47, which included ten packets. This comes to 25 cents for breakfast. This was physically not very filling, but mentally it satisfied me and lasted me up until 3:00pm. 3:00pm – 6:00pm: that’s another story. I was hungry – more like “hangry” – while I was grocery shopping. 6:00pm: When I got home, I way too hungry to go in the kitchen and make something, so I boiled a kettle of water and made myself a… Read More
October 15, 2014 – WHY AM I DOING THIS? October 1st, 2014 – I was in my dorm room, reading chapter six of my social work textbook titled Social Welfare in Canada: Understanding Income Security. My whatsapp app was buzzing every two minutes, because my sis chat group was talking about a family member who is in a transition house with her three year-old daughter for many complicated, structural, oppressing, and intersecting issues. My social work TA – whose name I still do not know – presented this welfare food challenge to… Read More
I am 19 years old and am a student at UBC majoring in social work. I work as a Resident Advisor at Totem Park residences at UBC and I have created a program to encourage over 2,000 1st year students and staff living in Totem Park to join this welfare food challenge with me or, write a letter or sign the petition. I was born in south east Vancouver however since September I have moved on to campus at UBC as a requirement of my job. It has been a fascinating two… Read More