Put very simply, the challenge is to try
week on only £9 of food.
This sounds really hard, but it is totally possible (we promise!) by
cooking your own meals from basic cheap food stuffs like pasta, rice,
potatoes and veg. It is not a fast or starvation diet (apologies to
Kate Moss) it is a chance to find out how the other half live - the
half of the world that has to live on less than $2 a day.
So why would you want to do this? Three reasons:
- You can learn how to cook really cheap meals for your self
- It's a unique way to find out what it is like to live in poverty -
connect with the statistics!
- Have fun socialising and cooking with new people
If you want to
know more reasons why, take a look at the
This £1.30 a day is only to go on food, it doesn't include costs of housing, clothing, tuition, transport and stuff like
that. The idea is that you go on living your life as you do normally,
but just eat a little differently - there is no sleeping out in a
cardboard box for a week (although if you want to, feel free!)
The challenge is being run by the People and Planet network,
and the weeks events will include:
And as if that wasn't enough, there will be lots of resources available
to help you during and before the week, including a $2 a day recipe
book with cheap food from around the world, a daily diary for you to
fill in, badges, sponsorship forms and this website! You can look at
the recipes here.
- A Ready Steady Cook event! You can take part in a race
learning how to cook really cheap foods
- Talks through the week on poverty and what you can do to
- Film night with popcorn and movies!
- End of the week party! - with lots of chocolate to gorge
yourself on after the challenge is over
To find out more
about the week, rules, and how it can be done,
look at the how page.
billions of people
provide all your basic nutritional needs from basic food stuffs:
rice, pasta, bread, potatoes etc
people have to feed, clothe, house and educate themselves on just $2 a
no-commitment social activities
take part in as much or as little as you like