Taking the 'Do The Math' Challenge

The food I was given at the Downtown Mission for the Do the Math challenge

The other week, I was approached by Pathway to Potential and asked if I would be interested in participating in the ‘Do the Math’ challenge. If you don’t know what the challenge is, a group of individuals (including myself, Tom Lucier, Kara Ro and others) have picked up the standard food bank “box” at Downtown Mission.

From what I understand, these boxes typically last an individual three or four days, though many people have been able to  stretch this out to a week or ten days.

Until November 5, I will live solely off the items that were in the box I was given. They will not eat out or accept free food or drink (though they are encouraged to eat at least two meals at a drop-in).

Over the next 5 days, I will be writing about my experiences and showing everyone ready how I managed (or was unable) to live off of what we expect those less fortunate to do.

Here is the list of all the items I received:

  • one loaf of bread
  • a small batch of dired pasta
  • a bag of cheerios
  • one small package of soup crackers
  • one small package of rice crackers
  • one small travel box of Cheerios
  • onesmall travel box of frosted mini wheats
  • one box of hamburger helper
  • one box of kraft dinner
  • three individual packets of oatmeal
  • a small sandwich baggie of rice
  • 10 tea bags
  • one 500mL jar of raspberry jam
  • one 136g packet of instant potato mash
  • a medium sized baggie of flour
  • one 106g tin of sardines in soya oil
  • one 155 can of sardines in water
  • one 341mL can of corn niblets
  • one 540mL can of Campbell’s chunky steak & potato soup
  • one 540mL can of white kidney beans
  • one 680mL can of garlic pasta sauce
  • one 398mL can of pear halves in a light syrup
  • three 226g cans of vegetarian beans in a rich tomato sauce
  • one 398mL can of deep browned beans with pork and tomato sauce
  • three 284mL cans of tomato soup
  • one 284mL can of cream of mushroom soup
  • one 284mL can of chicken broth
  • one 284mL can of cream of celery soup
  • one 398mL can of cut green beans
  • one 156mL can of tomato paste

That is everything I have to make myself three meals a day for 5 days. How do you think I’ll do? To be 100% honest, I have a feeling I will be cheating tomorrow and informed the organizers of this prior to committing as I will be attending an awards gala to see if WindsorEats won the ‘Innovator of the Year’ for the tourism industry in Canada. I will be writing about my experience every day to show you all how hard it really is to eat while living in poverty, even if it is only for 5 days.

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