The $35 Challenge

by Emma on October 14, 2011

in News,Organisation & Productivity

Everyone knows I love food. All kinds of food. But every now and then I eat a little bit more than my body really needs. “I don’t really NEED that dessert after dinner or that extra glass of wine…”

I’ll be the first to admit, I forget how fortunate I am to have the choice. And I’m grateful to be able to feed myself to my belly’s content. But many people are not so fortunate. In fact, 11% of our Aussie population live below the poverty line, without access to basic necessities like healthy food, affordable housing, transport, education and dental care. That’s approximately 2.2 million people!

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With this in mind, I’ve decided to spend Anti-Poverty Week (Oct 16-22) with just $35 to spend on food and drink – $5 per day for seven days – taking part in The $35 Challenge. The remainder of money that I would normally spend on my weekly food budget, I will donate to OzHarvest, a charity that “rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded” and distributes it to those that really need it. By experiencing poverty for just seven days, I aim to get a better understanding of the realities and stresses of those living in poverty.

Now I think I’ve been passed on some good habits and skills from my mother and grandmother that will very much help me through this challenge. I’m quite confident I’ll be able to nail. In fact, I’m going to go as far as saying I’ll be able to eat enough kilojoules to satisfy my hunger as well as eating food that is tasty and worthy or serving up for the family. In order to do this though, there will need to be carefully planned meals and frugal grocery shopping.

I’ll be sharing my recipes, meals and how I’m coping throughout the week, so stay tuned.

Bring on next week. Bon apetit!

How can you help?

  • Participate in The $35 Challenge yourself.
  • Follow me on Facebook and Twitter and share my progress with your own friends to help raise awareness of poverty in Australia.
  • Donate money directly to OzHarvest here. Let me know if you’ve done this as I’d love to hear from you.


How do you think you’d cope with $5 a day to spend on food?

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