A catering manager has vowed to feed herself for just £1 a day for Lent.
Dawn Williams, who works at in the kitchen at St Catherine’s Church Centre in Belle Vue, was inspired to take on the 40-day challenge, which began last Wednesday, by visitors to the centre’s food bank.
She said: “I wanted to show people that you don’t need a lot of money to live on.
“I have managed to get everything I need for a fraction of the price I usually pay so far.”
Mrs Williams, aged 50, said she buys a 48p loaf to last her a week and has been making things like beans on toast and cottage cheese on toast for lunch.
For breakfast she has made porridge with tinned fruit and she has even managed to make a kidney bean stew.
She said: “I have toast if I feel hungry in between, but I haven’t felt too bad so far.”
The mum-of-one said her job does put temptation in her way.
She said: “The hardest thing is working in the kitchen and cooking for my family on an evening. I couldn’t twist my daughter or husband’s arms to take part. People have been asking to sponsor me, but I would rather they make a donation to the food bank.”
Mrs Williams said the challenge has made her realise the things she can live without.
She added: “I am having to be innovative, but I am coming up with new ideas all the time, which I hope to share with people who call in for food parcels.”