Day 5 Menu
- 2 or 3 slices of peanut butter toast
- Satay fried noodles with a fried egg
- More congee
New Zealand welfare has many great things going for it including benefits, healthcare and education, but school lunches do not exist. Even though school lunches in other countries are regarded as culinary horrors, the truth is that a culinary horror is better than no food at all. If you would like to know the state of the lunches of our kids, please watch this interesting 8 minute video on a recent social experiment. Too many children go without lunch in this country and it is heartbreaking.
Living on $2.25 a day this week, for the Live Below The Line Challenge has highlighted to me how distracting hunger can be. I haven’t missed a single meal. I’m eating 3 meals a day, sometimes more and I still feel foggy. I have trouble concentrating, I’ve had dizzy spells, I am weak and tire and need naps and bed early. If kids in this country are hungry, they cannot concentrate and they cannot learn. If they cannot learn, they won’t be getting good jobs. Without good jobs, they won’t be making a decent living and without money…is it a cliché if it’s the truth?
Today is Lunchbox Day and all over the country there are groups for fundraising for a school lunch programme through KidsCan. You can text Lunch to 8595 for an automatic $3 donation to “shout a child lunch”.
I’d like to thank everyone for their support this week and all the donations that have poured in. I reached my $500 target and then some and I made a few yummy and super cheap meals to boot. You can read up on all my Live Below The Line posts here.