Welfare Food Challenge - Can you survive on a $26 grocery budget?

Welfare Food Challenge – Can you survive on a $26 grocery budget?

An anti-poverty group in BC is challenging politicians and residents to try and survive for $26 worth of food for a week.

Of the $610 a month the British Columbia government provides for a person on welfare, after paying for accommodation, bus tickets and cellphone (necessary to look for work), and basic hygiene only $109 remains for food – less than $26 for a week for food.

The Challenge runs from the start of October 16 (12:01 am) to the end of October 22 (midnight).

During that week, participants will only eat the food they can buy with $26 dollars.

I have decided that I will take place in this challenge and would like to invite any of our Grocery Alerts readers to join me.

Here are the rules that I will abide by:

  1. I will not accept any kind of charity or other food (friend or co-worker) outside of my $26 budget.
  2. I will not eat any leftovers or even food I have grown.
  3. I will document each day with a new blog post with a food diary what I have eaten and breakdown each serving.

Wish me luck!


Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog, CanadianTravelHacking.com.