Take the Hunger Challenge

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.


  1. Hmm, I could do this without ever picking up a frying pan.

    $2 – breakfast – two of those egg mcmuffin look alikes from Burger king.
    $2 – Lunch – Two McDouble double cheeseburgers from Mcdonalds.
    $1.96 – supper – four 49 cent tacos from Taco Bueno.

  2. My wife and I ate for around $10 a day for years, until about 3 months ago. We went low carb, and that’s a bit more expensive. I don’t have a complete track record yet, but we’re around $13-15 a day now. Some of that is because fresh produce is through the roof right now, and that’s a big part of low carb eating.

    Now that doesn’t include 8-10 splurge meals out a year, or my annual birthday gift of a $100 +/- 20 lb chunk of rib eye. But we can certainly live without those luxuries.

    With a freezer and a fridge, it’s easy. Plan ahead, buy on sale, and avoid processed foods as much as possible. It’s healthier too!

  3. I work at a grocery store and I can tell you that most people on foodstamps (EBT cards now), do not stretch their dollar, probably because it is not theirs. If they were good at budgeting and planning ahead they probably wouldn’t be on the dole in the first place.

    It was a long time ago, but I remember this completely upper middle class looking lady, nice clothes, talking on her PDA (when they were much more rare) paying no attention to me the cashier, bought frozen California Pizza Kitchen pizzas, Wolf Gang Pucks soup, etc. Whipped out the EBT card, never looked at me, took her receipt and walked out without ever saying a word to me.

    There are some people that I see make an effort to buy stuff that will stretch their purchasing power, but I see a lot of deli sandwiches and high cost prepared food too.

  4. Well, my weekly trip to the grocery store is around $80. I spend $11.50 a week to eat breakfast at the chow hall on post (far cheaper than the gas to drive home).

    Since I have a family of five ($182/wk), that leaves almost $90 a week to go to Starbucks or take the kids to McDonalds.

  5. A lady I work with at my Govt job also part times about 32 hours per week at Wally World. I asked her some time ago to keep track of the number of people she saw coming through her check out line on foodstamps that WERE NOT abusing the system.

    She has yet to find one. By abuse of the system I mean two people coming through and one is obviously the sugar daddy, with a wad of cash for anything the foodstamps don’t cover, and cheap shit like that. They are getting free money out of our pockets, and it makes their regular cash go lots farther so they can get really nice clothes, cigarettes, and nose rings and shit like that. It needs to stop. Tell them to work or starve. Period.

  6. My wife is a vegetarian and I’m a meat eater and we still don’t spend more than $3oo a month. We do plant a garden and put up our on produce as well as buying what’s in season and putting it it up for when it’s not in season and I hunt and freeze what I kill. FOOD STAMPS are abused by to many.

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