As you’re hopefully aware by now, a group of us are doing the ‘breadline challenge’.
So here’s the thing. I started off the week by moaning about a headache through lack of coffee, and complaining of a grumbling stomach, not being able to have a snack before the next meal.
But then I read this – Jack Monroe’s letter to Edwina Currie about in which describes just some of her experiences of living in food poverty.
You really must read it. It puts it all in perspective. We’re doing this as a ‘challenge’ – and it’s just that: ‘a challenge’. It comes with a sense of camaraderie, sharing experiences, hints and tips, recipes. ‘We’re all in it together’. For a week. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And the tunnel is really really short. For others this is a relentless reality. Our breadline challenge gives us a mere glimpse into living in food poverty – the idea of the choices and decisions that we have to make, constantly thinking about food and money, hearing the grumble of our stomachs, feelings of social isolation, having to constantly ask yourself whether you can buy something, whether buying this one thing will mean you won’t have any food left in the cupboards at the end of the week.
There’s many things I can’t begin to imagine – having a family to look after for one. Whilst I can go a week skipping breakfast, what would I do if I had a child/children to support too? How would I feel if I feel constantly being on the precipice of tipping over the edge into literally having no more food in the cupboards? I genuinely couldn’t answer this question.
After reading Jack’s piece I thought I should really shut up with my moaning. I’ve got it damn easy. But what I shouldn’t shut up about is encouraging people to support FoodCycle. Do it. Now. Here. This after all is the main point of our ‘challenge’. We need to raise funds so that we can continue to provide meals to help those that are struggling right now in the UK, providing them with a great meal, great community and something to look forward to each week.
People say ‘it’s just one meal’ can that really help? Well yes. It can be incredibly helpful. Can you imagine a continual struggle to feed yourself and your family? Anyone can find themselves in food poverty and in that situation everyone would like the opportunity to have a decent, hot, three course meal, in a safe, warm, friendly environment. There’s a meal right there, that you don’t have to worry about, that you know will be there. Please sponsor us so we can continue to provide these meals. You can donate Here. Thank you so much for all of your donations, we really appreciate your support.