Yesterday I mentioned that a number of people have commented that they cannot eat nutritious food on $2/person/day especially with kids.  Most of them I suspect have never even tried, some I know have never cooked from scratch before and don’t know what to do.  If you are still struggling with whether or how to eat on $2/person/day you might like to check out the resources below.  

I keep coming across articles about people who are cutting their food budget deliberately to less than $2/person/day, not so that they can help the poor or for any religious commitment to Lent – which hopefully you have remembered is the object of this week’s challenge, but simply so that they can live more sustainably in today’s turbulent economic world.  I am always embarrassed when the non Christians seem to understand things like this better than Christians do.    And it makes me wonder even more how committed we really are to living out the gospel in our daily lives.  

Yesterday I received an email from Hugh Hollowell from the Catholic Worker’s Home in Durham.  He made me aware of a woman in Durham who has been living on a budget of $1 per day for the last month – and fairly nutritiously too.  You can check out her journey at Less is Enough

Here is another couple who are embarking on a One Dollar A Day Project  Now the aim seems to be to write a book but there are still some great ideas for recipes and even some very good and sobering information on how people in Africa live (or die) on such a limited food budget.  

Here is the great article from NY Times that seems to have started it all. Again it contains  some good hints on how to choose food that is nutritious.

Not only is it possible, but it can improve the health and reduce the girth of Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status. Read the entire article 

There are no new Lenten reflections to post today – maybe that shows how difficult people are finding the $2 challenge.  However there are 2 great resources to check out regularly for Lenten reflections

Everyday Liturgy has just posted a list of Lenten reflections from the Christian Century blogs and Lent and Beyond 


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anglicanprayer March 12, 2009 - 10:50 am

Hi Christine, although not directly related to the $2/day challenge, yesterday I came across an entry from a few days ago at the Breakpoint ministry blog, and I’ve been debating whether to post it at Lent & Beyond… It’s titled “gratitude for a grocery list” and it is quite amazing… definitely an entry to get one thinking and thankful for the incredible abundance most of us enjoy.

Even here in West Africa where I live and work, it is pretty amazing what’s available in the markets these days. 15 years ago there was much that we couldn’t get here, but now there is very little we truly do without.

May the disciplines of Lent teach us to appreciate God’s lavish and truly abundant grace in our lives,
Karen B.

Christine Sine March 12, 2009 - 3:20 pm

You are right this is well worth a look. We take the simple things like the abundance we are surrounded with for granted and often grumble just because something is not in its usual place on the shelves. I also worked in West Africa but 20 years ago and it was the lack of availability of things there that made me grateful when I returned to Europe and the US and was overwhelmed by the abundance and the choice.

Monica- Paper Bridges March 17, 2009 - 3:20 am

No, not offended at all. I’m stretching and thinking, thinking HOW to make all of this real to my kids. I love the challenge, thank you for making me dig deeper.

2dollardifference January 7, 2010 - 4:29 pm


I am interested in encouraging others to also try eating for less and have started a new blog,, to give support and resources in this awareness raising activity about hunger in the world by experiencing eating for $2 a day.

Would you be willing to visit my new blog and make a comment about your experiences of eating for less? I would also be happy to put a link to your blog as referencing “experiences of eating for less”. Would you be interested in linking to my new blog as well?

I applaud your efforts to draw attention to issues of hunger and I hope that you will support the cause through this method of mutual support. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

All good wishes!!


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