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What is the $2 a day Challenge?
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Put very simply, the challenge is to try and live
for one 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 why page.

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:
  • 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 help
  • Film night with popcorn and movies!
  • End of the week party! - with lots of chocolate to gorge yourself on after the challenge is over
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.

To find out more about the week, rules, and how it can be done, look at the how page.

Poverty affects billions of people

You can provide all your basic nutritional needs from basic food stuffs:
rice, pasta, bread, potatoes etc

2.8bn people have to feed, clothe, house and educate themselves on just $2 a day

Fun, no-commitment social activities

You can take part in as much or as little as you like

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