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Welfare Food Challenge is a starvation diet says dietician

Robyn Tuner, dietician with Northern Health, took the Welfare Food Challenge. (Credit: Welfare Food Challenge)

Robyn Tuner, a dietician with Northern Health, took the Welfare Food Challenge. (Credit: Welfare Food Challenge)

Participants in the 5th annual Welfare Food Challenge reported anxiety and frustration as they tried to feed themselves for a week on an $18 budget.

Robyn Turner is a dietician with Northern Health in Vanderhoof, and she says it was hard getting through the week with such a small food budget.

She says as a medical professional, taking the challenge was difficult because she knew the limited diet was putting her body into starvation mode.

Turner hopes to raise awareness of the challenges people with limited incomes face by sharing her experience, as well as getting people to donate fresh and healthy foods instead of the nutritionally poor foods that tend to be cheaper.

The week-long challenge wrapped up yesterday, with more than 200 people taking part.

The event seeks to raise awareness about difficulties facing BC’s poorest residents by asking volunteers who aren’t on welfare to agree to spend no more on food than the $18 a single person on welfare is allocated each week.

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