Firefly Creative Writing is Eating the Math

For the second year now, The Stop Community Food Center is running Eat the Math, a challenge to citizens all over Ontario is try living on a diet that a person on social assistance might receive from a food bankā€¦ and to blog about it. I would have done this but was too busy with my face in my school books and teaching to notice the call going out.

So you can, like me, live this test through Chris Fraser of Firefly Creative Writing. And because she’s a creative writer, her blogs are particularly entertaining and wrenching.

It’s a shocking little amount of food in a hamper from the food bank. Someone on social assistance gets only one, maybe two per month, plus a mere $585 to live.

It’s inhumane. How could anyone sing when their body is starving? How could anyone do anything?

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