FOR breakfast on Wednesday, the Bishop of Bath & Wells, the
Rt Revd Peter Hancock, had porridge without milk, and half a
banana. Lunch was a soup made of boiled onions and carrots. For
dinner, he ate a jacket potato with baked beans.
Rather than attempting an especially ascetic diet Bishop Hancock
and his wife, Jane, are trying to "Live Below the Line" - spending
five days living on groceries worth just £1 a day, classified as
the international poverty line.
Speaking halfway through the challenge, Bishop Hancock admitted
that he was already feeling pangs of hunger. "But I'm still
enjoying it in some ways," he said. "I'm just much more aware of
how privileged we are in this country. It is much more difficult to
live on a pound a day than you expect. I was amazed at how little
Unable to afford meat, fish, sugar, or dairy products, Bishop
Hancock and his wife are living on a meagre vegetarian diet. "Yes,
we will be very hungry [by the end], but . . . we are still
spending more than the very poor, because they also have to buy
clothes, housing, and fuel on their £1 a day," he said.
He said that he was hoping the experience would make him not
only more aware of how hard life on the breadline was, but also
more generous and more "hopeful".
At the end of the week, the money raised by the Hancocks'
endeavours will be given to the charity Send A Cow.