A lonely quid sits on my dresser as I write this, and its difficult to imagine that a single coin could provide me with a days worth of nutrition. In 2009 Rich Fleming and Nick Allardice challenged the world with this idea by creating 'Live Below the Line,' an initiative of the Global Poverty Project. This year, their global awareness week lasts from May 7 - 11, and we've decided to take on their challenge.
For the next 5 days we'll be working as a team (3 of us) with a combined budget of £15 to supply us with all of our food and drink. Globally, 1.4 billion people live in abject poverty on a budget of £1 a day, to cover things like food/drink, transportation, heating, electricity, schooling etc, and LBTL aims to communicate the realities of poverty through direct engagement. If you'd like to learn more, join us in the challenge, or donate to the cause, see the detailed rules or LBTL's official website.
Being students, we are no strangers to penny-pinching and bargain shopping. After reading about what others who have done the challenge went through, we heeded their advice, compared prices across grocery stores, crunched a few numbers, and did a collective shop at Tesco's. We did our best not to compromise calories, nutrition, or taste, as we all lead busy lifestyles that require us to be well-fuelled, and below you can see the majority our bounty for the next five days. (Rice and potatoes not pictured! We've spent £9.27 thus far and are saving the remainder for fresh fruit and veg and potential unforeseen cravings throughout the week.)