I started thinking about having my own blog when I was asked to take part in the Food Basket Challenge – to live off the contents of a food basket from the Saskatoon Food Bank for a week (Sept 13 - 19, 2011) and blog about my experiences. I didn’t get my act together in time to copy my posts to a blog of my own (had a bit of trouble coming up with a blog name that wasn’t already spoken for) but really found the whole process incredibly interesting, including the blogging!
Here are my Food Basket Challenge posts in chronological order . . . kept here for posterity!
Expectations - What I "think" the week is going to be like.
Motivation - Why am I doing this????
Food Prices and Another Challenge - "She has a spreadsheet!" my friend Deirdra says! In hindsight, this post shows some of my ignorance as to what I'll get in my food basket.
Pleasantly Surprised - Expecting Worse - Our food baskets were better than expected! Well, for the first few days anyway!
Sleepless Night - The obsession gets going full steam ahead!
Dumpster Diving - Thank goodness this is as close as I got!
What Does Poverty Look Like? - There is such a wide range!
Living the Challenge - People share the "real" life experience.
Long Day - Two events to volunteer at!
Similarities and Differences - How Food Basket meals differed from "normal" meals.
A Peach! - Mmmmm, a lovely peach!
Shelley & Ann at the Friendship Inn - Thanks Jackie for going with me!
On Being Vegetarian - And trying to live a Food Basket diet. Also includes a list of what I ate all week.
The Answers??? (I'm all out of catchy titles too!) - Answering some followup questions from the windup forum held at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre on Sept 20.