Living below the line

First World Poverty exists too (in terms of a diet anyway). Luckily for me I have always had a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in (even if it is in a cupboard).

In my student days I remember accidentally going over budget on almonds which resulted in me having no cash to spend on any other food for a week. In my London days pot noodles were a luxury and I had to get really creative with what I could do with some flour and potatoes.

Now that I am living in the land of high wages and low(ish) rent I can see the light at the end of the poverty tunnel and think it’s time to reflect on my years of malnourishment which has resulted in me wanting to give back.

As part of the Live Below the Line challenge all entrants are expected to live on a food budget of just $2 a day. On Sunday I went to my local IGA and purchased the following: 2 carrots, 2 onions, 2 potatoes, a bag of freeze dried peas, 500g flour, one can of diced tomatoes, two packets of budget noodles and a can of beans.

If you wanted to get involved without starving yourself then you could always donate to this very worthy cause and help raise funds for them starving kids in East Timor.


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