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Extreme poverty is characterized by severe deprivation in basic needs (food, safe water, healthcare, education, sanitation).
This week from April 29-May 3, I am participating in Live Below the Line, to raise awareness about extreme poverty.
“Live Below the Line is a campaign that’s challenging the way people in Canada think about poverty – and making a huge difference.”
For the next 5 days I will eat only those foods I am able to purchase within the a budget of $1.75 per day, the value set by the World Bank as the international extreme poverty line. Those 1.4 billion people living below this line must cover all their basic needs with amount, however in this challenge I will only budget for food.
The rules as stated on the Live Below the Line website:
The full cost of all the items you consume must be included in your budget. This means budgeting for whole packets of rice, sugar, eggs, etc. You can share the cost of ingredients amongst a team though, as long as no participant spends more than their $8.75 budget. Of course a way to bypass this is to buy in bulk – to only buy what you need!
You must include the cost of any other food you get – from the pantry, the garden, or “donated” by friends.
Tap water is free!
To keep track of the amount we recommend that you spend the entire amount up front. But if this is not your preference then just write down every purchase and stop when you hit $8.75. Before doing your shopping we recommend that you do a bit of research and think about a basic shopping list – think filling, basic, and cheap staples, like pasta, rice, lentils, oats etc.
The most important rule – if at any point you feel unwell please stop the challenge and consult a doctor if needed.
In preparation, I scoured the flyers for the week’s grocery deals. I even took a trip a local discount grocery store just to price out food. Once I have firm grasp on foods and prices, I started brainstorming meal ideas. With the creative help (many texts later) of my dear friend Leah from the Brazen Kitchen I had a meal plan and a grocery list.
I will share the meals in the coming days;)
The foods I will live on for the next 5 days.
The final tally.
What foods would you buy?