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Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Poverty activist Jack Monroe has criticized a Twitter user who suggested that people struggling with the current cost of living should be able to feed their families on 50 cent pasta.

The original tweet, written by self-proclaimed political enthusiast Kevin Edger, came in response to a recent episode of BBC’s Panorama, which showed a nurse saying she was being forced to skip meals so she could afford to feed her children. to give food.

Rebeccah of Leicester, who is unable to work more than three days as a nurse due to childcare costs, told the show that despite the strict budget, which means she has to walk everywhere instead of using public transport. take, have to accept donated food from neighbors .

Commenting on what Rebeccah said in the Panorama episode, Twitter user Kevin Edger wrote: “Yet you can buy a large bag of dried pasta, which would feed a family, for about 50 cents…. If you shop right and you can eat healthy very cheaply. I’d like to see how she spends her salary…’

He was inundated with responses, largely from people pointing out that the rise in the cost of living has made it difficult for many to afford basic necessities, including food.

Rebeccah (pictured), a nurse from Leicester, appeared on an episode of BBC's Panorama and discussed how she sometimes goes without food so her children can eat, due to the cost of living.  This sparked a tweet suggesting she could afford to feed her family on pasta

Rebeccah (pictured), a nurse from Leicester, appeared on an episode of BBC’s Panorama and discussed how she sometimes goes without food so her children can eat, due to the cost of living. This sparked a tweet suggesting she could afford to feed her family on pasta

Food writer and poverty activist Jack Monroe (pictured) has responded to a tweet calling on people struggling with the cost of living to manage their finances by living on cheap pasta

Food writer and poverty activist Jack Monroe (pictured) has responded to a tweet calling on people struggling with the cost of living to manage their finances by living on cheap pasta

The first Tweet suggested that someone on a nursing salary should be able to afford food for the whole family by shopping and cooking 'good'

The first Tweet suggested that someone on a nursing salary should be able to afford food for the whole family by shopping and cooking ‘good’

Jack Monroe's response pointed out that buying a bag of cheap pasta is not enough for a meal, as it contains no sauce, spices or adequate nutrition

Jack Monroe’s response pointed out that buying a bag of cheap pasta is not enough for a meal, as it contains no sauce, spices or adequate nutrition

Jack Monroe, who has published seven cookbooks on making cheaper meals and has spoken extensively about the impact on poverty in parliament and the media, waded in line and listed several reasons why cheap pasta isn’t the answer.

Describing herself as the “literal expert on budget cooking,” first pointing out that while the pasta itself may not be expensive, the price tag doesn’t include side dishes like sauce, butter, or even salt.

She also noted that eating pasta alone wouldn’t provide enough nutrition and energy for an adult — especially one who has an active job, such as nursing. On top of these issues, she added that the lack of variety would make a pasta-only diet very difficult, challenging the Twitter user to try it for themselves.

Her tweets read: ‘Hi Kevin, THE literal budget cooking expert here who has been on the front lines of food poverty in this country for the past ten years. Bag of 500g budget pasta, 29 pcs. That’s 5 meals of 100 g regular pasta, no butter, no salt, no sauce, no nutrition and a whopping 155 calories per meal!

“That’s only 456 calories a day, but hey, it’s not like breastfeeding is physically demanding, on your feet all day, shift work? Working with a deficit of 1,544 calories per day is perfectly manageable in your head, right? I sure hope so because I have a challenge for your friend!

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Poverty activist Jack Monroe took to social media to address a tweet claiming that those struggling financially can live on cheap pasta

Poverty activist Jack Monroe took to social media to address a tweet claiming that those struggling financially can live on cheap pasta

‘Go to your local Asda and get 3 packets of SmartPrice Paste for just under a pound*. That’s 15 meals for you there – you’ll eat nothing but 3 x 100g of regular pasta for the next 5 days. Nothing else. No salt in the water. No butter. No oil. No pepper. No sauce. No snacks. No other meals.

‘No tea, no coffee, no squash, no energy drinks, just this MAGIC PASTA that you think is the answer to everything. Come back to me on Wednesday and let me know how you are doing. And the * in the previous tweet? If they don’t have the Smartprice paste, well…

‘…instead you get a bag of 70p penne, because that’s the reality of life for those on a budget. That means that instead of 3 measly meals of 100 grams of pasta per day, you only have one. 155 calories to keep you full for a whole day. No vitamins. No variation. Just f***** plain pasta.

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Jack Monroe blasts Tweet telling people who can't afford food to live off 50p pasta

Many agreed with the sentiment shared by food writer Jack Monroe, adding their own experiences of feeding themselves while sticking to a very tight budget.

Many agreed with the sentiment shared by food writer Jack Monroe, adding their own experiences of feeding themselves while sticking to a very tight budget.

Most of the responses to Jack’s tweet agreed with her, with some sharing their own experiences eating on a budget.

Someone wrote: ‘I had £5 a week to spend on food during my 7 years as a student (1989-1996). I spent that time 1 stone underweight and constantly sick. I could only do it because I had the time to go from store to store comparing prices. Nobody should live like that.’

Another agreed, adding: ‘I’ve been there, looking at the ground for coins and hungry all the time, constant headaches and fatigue, you never forget that.

When my fortunes changed, I had almost ‘learned’ not to buy food at a lower price and treat myself! Kevin needs to get a grip.’

A third said: ‘It has been almost 15 years since my income started to increase, even now I still eat and buy cheaply. I still find good food too rich, still buy smart price juice and the rough cheapest cuts. Being poor changes you in a way those who’ve never been there will never understand.’

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