Kim Charlesworth.

Chew On This challenge

Twenty-two people learn how to feed themselves using local food agencies.

The Nelson Food Cupboard kicked off their Chew On This challenge at Our Daily Bread on World Food Day last week.

Kim Charlesworth from the Nelson Food Cupboard introduced the week-long endeavour on October 16 to the 22 people who accepted the challenge of feeding themselves relying only on food banks and other agencies for one week.

A broad spectrum of people were invited from Interior Health, businesses, arts and culture sectors and policy makers.

As part of the challenge, participants are not allowed to use foods in their freezer as most food bank clients do not have one. Charlesworth said the challenge is meant to start conversation.

“People can have a personal experience with how difficult it is when you don’t have enough,” she said. “It’s to help dispel the myths, so they can understand the challenges and realities and come to the table with what’s important.”

She added there are many working poor who can’t come down for lunch or during the food bank hours as they are working.

Charlesworth said three participants will speak about their experience tomorrow at a dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the United Church.

For more information, go to foodcupboard.org.

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