From the 21st – 27th November 2016, I will be taking part in the Breadline Challenge to raise awareness of rising food poverty here in the UK and raising vital funds for FoodCycle’s work across the country.
I’ll be living off £2.50 per day for all my food and drink, a total of £17.50 for the week.
Why £2.50? This is the 2015 average food and drink spend of people in the Northern Housing Consortium’s Real Life Reform reports, which highlights that the average money left after bills is £17.72 per week or £2.53 each day, an amount many spend on their morning coffee without thinking twice.
Many of you will know that I do love a challenge (particularly a food related one), and personally this challenge is made easier by the fact that I know there is light at the end of the tunnel – after all I’m only doing this for a week. But for thousands of people in the UK, including many of those I work with at FoodCycle Lewisham, it’s an ongoing struggle to feed themselves and their families with nutritious food.
Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, many people struggle to afford food. The following hard hitting food poverty statistics by Oxfam show that more needs to be done to campaign for a system where everyone can afford to feed their family with dignity.
A deep-rooted issue linked to a number of factors, it’s clear there is no quick fix. FoodCycle's Breadline Challenge is undoubtedly going to be an eye-opening experience into the nutritional and social limitations that food poverty brings.
Over the next few 10 days, I'll be blogging about my Breadline Challenge experience, including details on the planning process, (I do love a list), where I sourced my ingredients and recipes.
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