The United Way: Can you feed yourself for only $7 a day for five days?
Beginning March 21, you can take the Hunger Challenge.
This challenge is an exercise of empathy—to live in someone else’s shoes for one week and learn how you can help fight hunger in our community. Remember every household that receives food stamps has a different situation—some are able to purchase additional food, others use food banks or receive meals from friends or family, some people have time to cook meals while others don’t have a place to cook at all. Living on $7 a day is one scenario—sign up to take the Hunger Challenge and be a part of this week-long movement and share your story on our blog. The rules for the challenge are below.
Hunger Challenge rules:
- Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spending only $7 per day.
- Salt and pepper don’t count but all other seasonings, cooking oils, condiments, snacks, drinks, and everything else do.
- Don’t use food you already own.
- Don’t accept food from family, friends, coworkers and others. Not even the free samples from Costco!
- Try to include fresh produce and healthy protein each day.
- Keep track of expenses, food choices, and recipes and share your experiences on United Way of King County’s blog. We’ll have a prize for the best recipe.
Is this for real? I guess they’re trying to prove a point, but Murdoc doesn’t think it’s going to be the point they meant.
Murdoc’s family of four gets $22 per day under the rules (not $28), but that still comes out to $660 per 30-day month, or $154 per week. And Murdoc’s family doesn’t spend that much on average.
They are asking Murdoc to “live in someone else’s shoes for one week and learn how you can help fight hunger in our community” for five measly days by spending MORE on food than he does already EVERY DAY ALL THE TIME.
Murdoc has a tendency to fire off unpopular opinions once in a while, but his first take on this so-called “challenge” is that maybe people on food stamps get way too much money. $154 buys a hell of a lot of groceries in Murdoc’s world, and he’s not even trying to skimp by.
How’s that for an unpopular opinion? Don’t like it? Take this “challenge” for five days like Murdoc has for the past five years and then get back to him and whine all about missing your gourmet coffee or eating out five days a week or whatever the hell all that money gets spent on.