A Walk in Other’s Shoes is returning to this year’s Week of Action Against Poverty. This challenge is being undertaken by individuals in the community who have interests within the health field. Participants have been asked to attempt to stay within a social assistance benefits’ budget. A single person on Ontario Works would receive $337 monthly for all of their personal needs and $384 for all of their shelter costs. Because participants cannot replicate the housing conditions realistically, shelter costs are not included within this challenge. For the five day challenge, participants will have $11 daily to cover all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each day, every participant will be given a challenge card which will reveal an unexpected challenge to be completed before the end of the day.

A Walk in Other’s Shoes is not a competitive challenge. It is a challenge that raises awareness of the hurdles that people living on social assistance face daily. As we within our community develop our own understanding, we can begin to reduce the barriers that they encounter and ultimately increase opportunities for increased prosperity for all. The challenge takes place February 10th-14th, 2018.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Is Starting To Take Its Toll

This afternoon having minimal access to greens as I cant afford it. Day 4 I am feeling the "buildup". No green fibre. I was able to go to the local No Frills and buy clearance snap peas. As long as I do not eat the whole bag this may work. I am lucky I was also able to have a great bowl of soup at the Fellowship today. The gift of soup  gave me a chance to have some wild rice that for sure I never would have been able to afford on my budget.

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