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For a third consecutive year, Canada participates to the challenge of using a $1.75 a day for 5 days for food and drink ($1.50 per day in the U.S. and £1 in the U.K.). This is how 1,2 billion people live or struggle to live every day, below the extreme poverty line. This year’s challenge will take place next week, from April 27 to May 1.
You’ll find all the details on Livebelowtheline.ca. A set of guidelines advises participants on how to take part in the challenge – without cheating. The group’s Facebook page offers many useful tips to help you through the challenge.
Again this year, I am inviting you all to participate to this fund raising campaign. To help you with the challenge, I am sharing with you the same 5-day menu that I followed in 2013. It contains only 1.400kcal per day, but enough fiber and protein not to feel too hungry. Unfortunately there is no room for coffee 🙂
To make sure that the total cost falls within the target, please visit your local ethnic markets, as opposed to mainstream supermarkets, to buy the menu staples (chickpeas, lentils and rice) at the lowest possible price. I am sure that after taking the challenge, your perspective on poverty will change completely.
Please view the menu, recipes and grocery list for 1 to 4 people and take up the challenge.