This week is the Living Wage Week in the U.K. and I’ll be taking part by highlighting food poverty among the working poor. Raising the wage in our country to a level where people could actually live off of it, in combination with an improved safety net for those who live in working poverty or are unemployed, would see a decrease in the use of food banks and parents going to bed hungry in order for their kids to have food.
So, to do my part I’ll be taking the 1£ a day for 7 days challenge, starting today. What this means is that from today until Sunday I’ll have 1£/day to eat for, just like thousands of people are living on at the moment, all around this country and the world even. My cat will not be included in this project, which is a bit ironic since people living in total poverty would probably use some of that money on pet food. Technically she’s not in, but she’s in in other ways. I did purchase cat food for her, separately from my 7£ worth of food and it cost me 10.90£ and the wet food (7£) will last a month and the dry food (3.90£) about two weeks, so she’ll be under the 1£/day unless she starts eating food like a madman.
I did my shopping yesterday at Morrisons, since that’s the shop that’s closest to me – not because I’m sponsored by them – and because the food I usually purchase is cheaper there than at the ASDA next door. I immediately managed to screw the whole thing up, due to splitting my purchases up in two. On my first trip I got the cat food and corn flakes and on the second trip I got the rest of the food. However, on my second shopping trip I completely forgot that I’d purchased corn flakes and used 7£ on food, ending my total at 7.53£ for a week’s worth of food. It’s a bit of a setback, but not too bad and I’ll try working around it.
For my 7.53£ I got:
500gr minced meat (1.50£)
2 cans of baked beans (46p)
6 pints of whole milk (1.50£)
500gr corn flakes (57p)
1kg carrots (35p)
1.5kg spaghetti (60p)
1.5kg chips (1£)
2×20 chicken nuggets (1.50£)
1kg onions (5p)
It’s not a lot and I could probably have gotten more if I’d planned it a bit better, but I can’t do that now. The mince and onions will be the easiest thing to stretch with the baked beans and water. I’m probably going to rely on the milk and corn flakes for a couple of meals and to be fair I’m starting to regret not buying porridge oats instead of the milk and cereal, since I’d get more food out of one kilo of oats than I’ll get from the cereal and milk.
At the moment I spend a lot of time at the library during the days and I’ll probably end up bringing breakfast for lunch there (cereal and milk) rather than a full meal of the other stuff, and a ton of water, just to stave any hunger pangs away. If I’d planned a bit, like I said, I could also have bought some flour, made my own sour dough and tried making bread from it, or bought a 30p loaf and some dirt cheap jam for snacks.
So… Onto my project! I’m going to make a separate post about my first day and for each of the seven days that I’m doing this. My rules for the week are:
- I have to eat what I purchased and only that.
- Free food samples are allowed.
- Salt and pepper is allowed, since the cost is too low to calculate.
- I can’t ask a person to treat me to or buy food for me during the week.
If you’re interested in helping your local food bank, or is in need of a food parcel, please visit the links below or Google “food bank uk”.
Remember that there’s help out there for you! Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it!