This week is the Live Below the Line challenge, and thousands of people will be sticking to a budget of £1 a day for their food. It’s to raise awareness of and raise money for global poverty, and it’s now in its third year. We’re not taking part this year, but you can see what we learned from last year’s experiences here.
One of the things that I found most striking was how we took our food shopping for granted. We could eat more or less what we wanted, in quantities that we wanted. We enjoy enormous variety of flavours and textures, in season and out of season. It’s easy to forget how different it is for others, and I thought I’d share that point in pictures.
My sister sent me this collection of images recently. They’re a few years old, so you may have seen them before. They’re by photographer Peter Menzel, who has traveled the world capturing people and their possessions, or sitting down to meals. In this series from Hungry Planet, he photographs families with their week’s groceries. Here are three, and there’s more here.
This is a family in Britain. I suspect the dog is there as part of the family, not part of the grocery shop…
This is Guatemala. What strikes me most is the ratio of fresh food to processed foods between this one and Britain. There are also large quantities of some things. With the exception of all the milk on the mantelpiece of the British home, there’s really no obvious staple.
This is Chad, in what looks like a refugee camp. I’m guessing this family don’t have a whole lot of choice in what they eat, being issued rice, oil and beans. Anything other than those bulk items are clearly luxuries.