Hunger Challenge Aims to Shed Light on Poverty

By David Klassen

Four Winnipeggers who have been trying to eat on a welfare budget of just under $4 a day will share their experiences this Sunday.

As part of the World Food Hunger Day Challenge, the volunteers have been trying to get a sense of what it’s like to be on a budget provided for food by employment and income assistance.

More than 59,000 Manitobans live on $3.96 daily for food without the benefit of fully stocked pantries, accessible and affordable transportation.

Participating in the challenge are Aiden Enns (Geez Magazine), Karen Schlichting (community-based artist), Mama Cutsworth (local DJ and food blogger), and Paul Hagerman (Canadian Foodgrains Bank).

The public can hear about the challenge for themselves from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Carol Shields Room of the Millennium Library.