The organization where I work (yes, I do have a day job) is looking to create an experience where folks can experience the day-to-day realities of people living in extreme poverty. I am helping to develop this experience and have been researching it. Many websites do this by calling you to live as a person who is living in extreme poverty lives and one way to do that is to eat on the budget equivalent to the poverty line.
So...that's what I am doing. The U.S. equivalent of what a person in a developing nation would experience as the poverty line is $1.50. That's how much a day for the next five days I get on food. I tried to stay true to the experience of a person living in poverty so, I:
- Tried to factor in all costs of food, including the transportation cost of procuring it
- Factored in any additional things we may not think of as having costs, but do (spices, garlic, etc.)
- Already made some tough (for ME) choices related to what I could have for $7.50/day
I'll report in each day of this experiment, either by video or just as a blog post. Also look out for status updates to the Bariatric Foodie Facebook page and Twitter feed (for updates specifically related to THIS challenge, use hashtag #HungryNik).
Wish me good luck, Foodies!