A few weeks ago I was contacted by Concern and asked if I would like to get involved with the Live Below the Line Campaign for 2014.
Concern Worldwide are a charity that work with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives by providing high energy food to severely malnourished children, empowering women to make a better future for their families, and giving communities the tools to free themselves from poverty.
Concern Worldwide have been chosen as one of the official partners of Live Below the Line, a campaign that will see people sign-up to live off £1 a day for 5 days & raise funds to tackle extreme poverty. It’s not about recreating what it is like to live in extreme poverty, but raising awareness of it, and trying to understand in some way the kinds of tough decisions 1.2 billion people face globally every day. The campaign presents a chance to bring food poverty, and hunger, back onto the news and political agenda.
So the challenge is to live on just £1 a day for the next 5 days. I had £5 in my pocket to buy all my ingredients for the next 5 days, after a hunt round a few different supermarkets, here is what I came up with:
Ignore the amounts of bananas here as I used some before I started the challenge.
Live Below the Line Shopping
Porridge Oats 500g 0.65
3 Bananas 0.24
Frozen Mixed Veg 1kg 0.75
Dried Chickpeas 500g 1.10
Dried Red Lentils 500g 1.10
Red Onion 0.12
Chopped Tomatoes 0.34
4 Carrots 0.30
White Rice (Unpictured) 1kg 0.40
Total: 5.00 (Dead on!)
I’m going to try and be as creative as possible with that lot, so we will see what I come up with. You can also work in teams for the campaign, and share ingredients as long as your daily budget doesn’t exceed £1.
It was really interesting to go around the supermarkets and actually look at the price of things, rather than just throw them in the trolley. Obviously my organic and health food purchases are out this week, which is probably a good thing for my own budget anyway!
Ideally I would have liked more fresh fruit/veg but it wasn’t cost effective for the challenge- the bananas were a bit of a splurge as it was! I ended up buying a 1kg bag of white rice for 40p as a last minute purchase. I’ve never bought or cooked white rice before, as I’m a big believer in whole grains, but I thought it would be a decent way of bulking out meals and getting calories in for the price. Being Vegan I think is probably a benefit for the challenge, as you can get pretty good value for money in terms of plant based foods.
I’ve chosen to do Live Below the Line Weds-Sun, as I wanted a few days to recover from the marathon, I also will be running a lot less than usual this week, so thought it was a good time- obviously when this is your life, it’s not exactly like you can make those kind of decisions!
I’ll be posting my meals over the next few days and keeping you updated on how I am getting on with the challenge. The official Live Below the Line week is Apr 28th-May 2nd so there is plenty of time to get involved if you interested in fund-raising for Concern Worldwide.