29 April 2013

Global Poverty Project - Live Below The Line

Over the next five days, 5000 people in the UK will be taking part in a challenge and spending just £1 a day on food as part of an initiative by the Global Poverty Project.   Their total budget for food from 29 April to 3 May will be £5.  
For some this will be a one-off test of perseverance to see if they can rise to the challange and eat three healthy meals on £1 a day and at the same time raise awareness and money through sponsors for the Global Poverty Project.  The people who take part will know that once the five days are up they can return to their normal eating and spending habits.  However, for many people around the world and indeed in the UK this is a way of life.  Jack Monroe is a woman and a single mother of a two year old boy and lives in Southend-on-Sea in the UK.  Here is a link to her blog  http://agirlcalledjack.com/category/life-food/ 
  When Jack set up her blog she was unemployed and her blog was her on-line diary where she could write and share her experiences and her recipes on a tight budget. She then started writing articles and became a trainee reporter for her local newspaper and "she has just been offered an advance of £25,000 to produce a cookbook for Penguin".  Whilst the story of Jack is a feel-good rags to riches story, it does highlight the amount of money some people have to buy food for themselves and their families.  Here is a link http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/04/28/my-live-below-the-line-challenge-2013/ which shows Jack participating in Live Below The Line campaign and her detailed shopping receipt and the food which she was able to buy for £4.40.  You will have to follow her blog to see the healthy meals which she makes with all of these ingredients.  If you like, you can sponsor Jack Monroe and help her to raise money for Oxfam.  Here is a link to Jack's sponsor page:
Here is another link to a BBC article on "How to eat healthily on £1 a day" by Brian Milligan

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