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Could you feed yourself with only $21 per week?

Whitney Hussain, RD(t), a recent University of British Columbia graduate, works for the Fraser Health Authority in BC. She enjoys acute clinical care but is constantly pursuing other learning opportunities, like the Welfare Food Challenge, to discover her nutritional niche as a new dietitian. Visit Whitney’s blog or connect with her on Linkedin  and Twitter.

I heard about the Welfare Food Challenge (WFC) last year when Dietitians of Canada encouraged dietitians to participate – feeding yourself on $21 for a whole week.  Why $21? Welfare provides individuals with approximately $610 per month. Subtracting the costs of living – including rent, transportation and hygiene supplies – leaves approximately $2.76 per day. Clothes, coffee, haircuts and social activities are not possible with this budgetary constraint.  continue reading

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