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Welfare Food Challenge 2015 – 5 key takeaways from this eye-opening experience [plus bonus video]

A UBC dietetic student shares her thoughts and experiences after completing the fourth annual Welfare Food Challenge.

EYHS1.jpgElizabeth Yu is a third year dietetics student studying at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working at a women’s centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is a passionate advocate of improving food security across all populations. Elizabeth enjoys learning about the role of food in people’s lives in the context of different social and economic situations. She participated in the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge in Vancouver, BC. You can find Elizabeth on Instagram @elizabethyu.

After hearing about the high number of people in BC experiencing food insecurity, two friends and I decided to reinforce our role as food citizens by participating in the fourth annual Welfare Food Challenge from November 3-9, 2015.

We each had to get through the week with only $21 worth of food.  Moreover, we were not allowed to accept food from friends, charities, events, or food aid initiatives. 

By participating in the Welfare Food Challenge, I aspired to learn about and better understand the perspective of someone who is food insecure, especially pertaining to the difficulties they face regularly. I also wanted to help raise public awareness about this important topic, and thereby express an essential point: Being on welfare and being food insecure is not choice. continue reading

Recap: The Welfare Food Challenge

Last month we showcased three blog posts from British Columbia dietitians that participated in the Welfare Food Challenge.  In case you missed it, here they are again!

Melissa Baker's, An Experience to be Remembered: The Welfare Food Challenge.

Colleen McGuire's, Eating on $26 for a Week to Help End Poverty.

Erica Kang's, Struggling to Eat on the Welfare Rate of $26 for 1 Week.

Please leave a comment and share with friends, I know these amazing dietitians would love to hear your thoughts on their experiences! 

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