Five Day Feedback on my Food

The experience of living on less has taught me

Ben Shelley

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Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

In order to function as we need to, we need food. For a week last month, I live on five pounds for five days. This may not sound like much of a challenge, but believe me, it was. The image below showcases what I was able to purchase with the money at my disposal.

  • Coffee
  • Cornflakes
  • Long-life milk
  • 1Kg of Pasta
  • A pack of four cup-a-soups
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Tomato Puree
  • One can of tuna.

For five days, I was only able to eat what was above. Nothing more, nothing less, apart from water. In some areas of the world, this would be an additional challenge, but my purpose in taking part in this challenge was to raise awareness of food poverty.

The Facts

Whilst my partner and I have no kids to call our own as of today, she is a teacher and I can hear through her the negative effects hunger can have on a child’s development

4.3 million children lived in families below the poverty line before the outbreak. Following on from the arrival of COVID-19 that figure jumped by more than 120,000, to move it close to 4.5 million. Across the world, the headline figure for child poverty is more than 1 billion. It is too much and through my work, we set about on a trek across the United Kingdom to raise awareness for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

CPAG works on behalf of children and families who are affected by poverty, researching the causes and impact it has on children’s lives to campaign for policies that will prevent and solve poverty. They provide advice, training, and information to make sure hard-up families get the financial support they need and carry out high-profile legal work to protect families’ rights.

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Ben Shelley

Someone who has no idea about where their place is in this world, yet enjoys writing about books, education, entertainment and videogames