Try eating on $26 a week, challenges anti-poverty group
The Tyee.ca blog - The Hook Colleen Kimmett September 25, 2012
Raise the Rates, a poverty advocacy group based in Vancouver, is challenging B.C. politicians and citizens to eat on $26 per week for one week in October.
The Welfare Food Challenge is aimed at raising awareness about inadequate welfare rates in the province. Last year, NDP MLA Jagrup Brar took on a Raise the Rates challenge to live on $610 for a whole month, and reportedly lost 26 pounds in the process. This year, the group is challenging more people to do just one week on the "welfare diet."
Organizers calculated the food budget based on the $610 that a single person on welfare receives, minus rent and the necessities required to look for a job.