A local news reporter lived on an emergency food parcel for 3 days and people had issues, lots of issues
Well, it’s one way of highlighting the chronic food shortage faced by many people in the UK today. Except, for most people, it was entirely the wrong one.
Pheasant curry has never come up in the shopping before…https://t.co/SlGPdqOOEe
— Essex Live (@essexlive) September 1, 2019
An Essex Live reporter ‘took on the challenge’ of living off an emergency food parcel for three days to see how difficult it is.
And this is what people made of that, beginning with Jack Monroe.
"I was trying new foods as well as new challenges, so it was a win-win" – what an awful article giving no insight whatsoever as to what those relying on food banks are facing.
— Michelle Smith (@Michelle_htimS) September 2, 2019
Poverty isn’t a game. Listen to people experiencing it rather than making it a fun ‘challenge’ for yourself.
— Dr Hannah Murray (@hl_murray) September 2, 2019
This person learned nothing. Three days? I've lived on black coffee and biscuits for three days, and could have made this lot last much longer than they did, and made better meals. But people shouldn't have to live on food banks at all, you fucking fools.
— Paula Turner (@Random_Fate) September 2, 2019
I've been on camping holidays. Does that mean I get to write an article for you about my week-long experience as a rough sleeper? The need for food banks should be a source of deep shame, not a source of jolly poverty tourism.
— Mox-nox (@Moxnox8) September 2, 2019
I'm sure people who aren't just trying on poverty like a pair of shoes will really appreciate this spectacularly ill judged piece.
— Andy Haigh (@Wolverinesclaws) September 2, 2019
The ‘fair food challenge’ was organised by the Colchester Food Bank. And the reporter’s conclusion?
‘While I felt peckish at times, I was never overly hungry. My meal portions were perfectly big enough and I had plenty of food to fall back on if I needed it.
‘But one thing the challenge really made me aware of is how much I snack … And while the food bank can’t provide fresh fruit or vegetables, there are tinned alternatives that ensure you don’t miss out on important vitamins and nutrients.
But it taught me that as long as you’re sensible, you can make most food go a long way.’