Zamcog are a UK based Charity who are dedicated to helping feed and educate Zambia's most at risk children. Zamcog say it costs just £2 to feed and educate a child in Zambia every day. Just £2! In an effort to change the way we think about food, Voucher Box challenged the blogging community to cut down on their food spending and write about their experience. So we got frugal and have taken on the 2 Pound Challenge...
Voucherbox have teamed up with Zamcog and are challenging people to see if they can feed their family on £2 per person for one day. Voucherbox will also donate £50 to Zamcog for every 2 Pound Challenge post published, to help the charity continue their goal of supporting Zambia’s most at-risk children through food and education.
Julie-Anne Uggla, Founder of Zamcog says:
“We’re delighted to work with Voucherbox.co.uk to raise awareness to one of the integral aspects of Zamcog’s work. At the Shitima School we not only educate children to improve their lives but also provide basic needs such as food and clean water. Any money raised from this campaign will go directly to funding nourishment at the Shitima School.
How Did We Do?
So, off I went to Tesco and did the best I could with just £6 in my purse (as there are three of us). Here's what I bought, and what we ate..
Scottish Porridge Oats 500g 65p
1 Pint Whole Milk 45p
Orange Juice 65p
4 Eggs FREE (Mum has chickens)
Spring Onions 49p
Cherry Tomatoes 53p
Butternut Squash 90p
I have to admit I was sceptical that I'd be able to feed 3 of us for the whole day with just £6. We'd usually have fruit and snacks so whilst we have managed to just about do it and with left overs, it's been a rather bare and boring day.
However, my weekly food shop is usually pretty expensive but knowing I can feed us for such a little amount is going to make a huge difference. I definitely think if you were to meal plan and price things per what you use, rather than what the overall item costs then you'd be able to feed your family for £2 a head a day - especially if you use the rest of the things up over the course of a week. For example, I priced the Spring Onions as 49p, but we actually only used half of the bunch. Time to get savvy!
Why don't you take the challenge? I'd love to know how you get on!
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