Last week my friend Anna and I embarked on a 5 day challenge to eat and drink spending only £1 a day to raise funds and awareness for The Hunger Project and the wider issue of global hunger.
At the beginning of our week we embarked on our weekly shop with a tight budget of £10 - five for me and five for Anna.
Our first stop was Tesco, where we managed to buy:
- 2 Bags of tesco everyday value penne pasta - 60p
- 1 bag of long grain rice - 45p
- 1 box of 10 eggs - £1.15
- 2 packs of passata - £1
- 2 tins of chickpeas - £1
- 2 tins of kidney beans - £1
- 1 bag of tesco everday value oats - 75p
- 1 loaf of tesco everyday value bread - 45p
- and the essential, sacred, 1 pot of paprika - reduced to 45p - it was fate
Funds left = £3.15
Next, we headed to Iceland and managed to buy:
- 1 bag mixed frozen vegetables - 89p
- 1 jar pasta sauce - 89p
- 1 bunch of bananas - 68p
Funds left = 69p
Finally with our remaining pennies we hit our local fruit and veg stall and purchased 8 prized clementines for 50p.
Funds left: 19 pence.
With a collective total of 19 pence to our names we headed back home, bags full, and tummies rumbling.
During our 5 days breakfast everyday consisted of oats and water, half a banana and unlimited glasses of tap water.
Dinners and lunches were a jumbled mixture of rice, beans, chickpeas, tomato, pasta, mixed vegetables, sometimes with toast and always with a healthy tablespoon of paprika (our saving grace).
All of this meant no regular cups of tea or coffee, no caffeine, no sugar, no meat, no dairy, no trips to the pub, no lunches on the go, simply and exclusively everything and only everything we had bought that very first day.
We can't say we'll be repeating some of the more unusual dishes we tried out - frozen mixed veg, passata and chickpeas on toast, I'm in no rush to have a bowl of oats and water any time soon, and we should probably take a break from paprika. However, the experience was truly an enlightening one. During those 5 days food was simply fuel for our bodies and a rationed, restricted commodity. However, this is a daily reality for 1.2 billion people across the world.
If you're contemplating living below the line to raise funds and awareness for global hunger we would definitely recommend the experience. Thank you to everyone who donated! Now I think it's time for a cup of tea..
Here we shared our experiences, and managed to raise over £700!
Wondering what happened with our final 19 pence? Well, that went on 19 cola bottle penny sweets!
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