Live below the line: Make a difference!

20 April, 2015

For a third consecutive year, Canada participates to the challenge of using a $1.75 a day for 5 days for food and drink ($1.50 per day in the U.S. and £1 in the U.K.). This is how 1,2 billion people live or struggle to live every day, below the extreme poverty line. This year’s challenge will take place next week, from April 27 to May 1.

You’ll find all the details on A set of guidelines advises participants on how to take part in the challenge – without cheating. The group’s Facebook page offers many useful tips to help you through the challenge.

Again this year, I am inviting you all to participate to this fund raising campaign. To help you with the challenge, I am sharing with you the same 5-day menu that I followed in 2013. It contains only 1.400kcal per day, but enough fiber and protein not to feel too hungry. Unfortunately there is no room for coffee 🙂


To make sure that the total cost falls within the target, please visit your local ethnic markets, as opposed to mainstream supermarkets, to buy the menu staples (chickpeas, lentils and rice) at the lowest possible price. I am sure that after taking the challenge, your perspective on poverty will change completely.

Please view the menu, recipes and grocery list for 1 to 4 people and take up the challenge.

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2 Responses to “Live below the line: Make a difference!”

April 24, 2015 at 8:06 am, ST said:

I applaud everyone who takes up this challenge. It is difficult to survive on $1.75 per day and even more difficult for persons wth allergies and intolerances to items such as nuts, peas, beans, oats and soy, which would be staples at this price point.

April 24, 2015 at 10:09 am, Melanie Chursinoff said:

A number of years ago, I worked in West Africa. After that, I began to eat millet for breakfast. It is one of major staples in the west african diet. To eat like this is a form of solidarity for the poor of the world. For us here in Canada, to survive on $1.75 is no doubt a challenge!! When we become conscious, that is when change occurs. Thanx for bringing forth this challenge. It is something much needed in our time.

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