Monthly Archives: November 2008

As seen in The Coast News.

coastnewsclipFor those who have been following along since September, you’ll remember that one night we had our friend Dave over for dinner. We ate less that day to make sure we could feed him from our daily share of food. Dave then wrote an article which was denied by his editor at City Beat; it was supposedly “irrelevant”. I mentioned this once before, but feel it’s worth repeating in order to bring new readers up to speed.

About a month later Dave found a different home for his article about the One Dollar Diet Project. Our local community newspaper, The Coast News, was interested in running an alternate version of the article; that version came out today, and you can read it here.

The article is pretty good and offers some information that hasn’t been mentioned before. While I don’t remember saying, “most of the world eats on less than a dollar a day,” and figure I can blame “the media”; if I did say this, I must have been tired and not communicating well. For the record, about 15 percent of the global population, or one billion people, live on that amount. 

Enjoy the article, and keep checking back for updates!

– Christopher



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As seen in the Union Tribune.

Kerri Leonard and Christopher Greenslate spent the month of September on a food budget of $2 a day. Bulk buying was a necessity. Photo by Crissy Pascual / Union Tribune

Photo by Crissy Pascual / Union Tribune

I awoke this morning with a sore throat. And while the prospect of having next week off is reassuring, it doesn’t change the fact that it hurts to swallow. Yet, despite the pain, it was nice to see an article about the One Dollar Diet Project in today’s San Diego Union Tribune.

Tanya Mannes, the writer of the story, spent an evening with us last week, asking questions, collecting video footage, and even venturing to eat a low-cost meal of beans and rice with a small glass of Tang. While the meal itself left much to be desired, Tanya’s story hit the spot.

Mannes also put together a short video to go along with the story where you can see us cooking, and talking briefly about the process and the cost of that meal.

We hope you enjoy it!


*NOTE: If you’re new to this site and want to start reading at the beginning you’ll have to click “older entries” and start from Day One otherwise you’ll be reading in reverse; which could be interesting too.

*If you think what we’re doing is interesting, inspiring, or just plain nutty, consider SPONSORING our efforts. Simply enter in an amount, click “update total” and follow the prompting. If you don’t have PayPal, it will let you use a credit card. At the end of the of the month all proceeds will go to the Community Resource Center (here in Encinitas, CA). We will post evidence of donations at the end.


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TV and the Radio Star.


Kerri puckers up in St. Louis.

Kerri puckers up in St. Louis.

Braving the rain and cold in St. Louis this past weekend was more than worth it. Not only did my students have a great time at the Fall National Journalism Convention and take third place in Best of Show for their website, Kerri and I did our first live television interview at an affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). We were on a show with Nancy Wilson, who asked questions relating to the project and the economics of eating well. Once we get video footage we’ll post it here.

Afterwards we started hearing from people all over Canada about (aboot) the project. Guy Alaimo, who is an Applied Communication student at Camosun College in British Columbia, did an interview with me for their college radio station The Village 900. You can listen to the interview here.

As a result of these two interviews, we have received a few more donations, and as such have decided to wait until the end of November before handing the check over to the Community Resource Center

In addition to the media stuff we’ve been doing, we have also figured out how this project will continue and will keep you posted as we get moving. For now, enjoy the interview!



(Still maintaining my weight after losing 14 pounds in September)

*NOTE: If you’re new to this site and want to start reading at the beginning you’ll have to click “older entries” and start from “Day One” otherwise you’ll be reading in reverse; which could be interesting too.


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As seen in the New York Times.


While today is Election Day, and many of you will be focused on the results as they roll in from each state, it is also an exciting day for the One Dollar Diet Project.

In today’s New York Times there is an article about our project titled “Money is Tight, and Junk Food Beckons” written by Tara Parker-Pope. This officially takes the conversation out of the blogosphere and puts it in print. We’ve come a long way baby. Look for it in the Science section of your newsprint edition.

It’s funny, because our friend and writer Dave Tow, who we had over for dinner during our project, was told by his editor at City Beat Magazine (our local alternative news weekly) that this was “irrelevant” and didn’t print the story. We’re not sure if she meant his writing or our project. What we do know is that Dave is good writer, and nothing is more relevant than our country’s widening conversation about healthful eating and the economics of food.

We hope you enjoy the article.

We continued to work today in order to refine our vision for furthering the experiment in exciting new ways, and spent even more time considering the outline of the book.

For those of you who are reading our entries for the first time, enjoy and share with friends. We look forward to hearing from you.


Christopher & Kerri


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To the future, and beyond!


We spent some time with our friend Tim from Rise Against this week. Please support his band.

We spent some time with our friend Tim from Rise Against this week. Please support his band.

Over the last month we’ve continued to reflect on our experience of eating on a dollar a day, and we’re still processing various aspects of the experiment.

The main question we’ve been left with, and the one that many of you wrote us about is: What does it cost to eat healthy in America?

So, we’re going to find out. We are embarking on a quest to discover the answer to this question. We’ve got our ideas and new experiments ready to go, and while we won’t list them right now, you can be sure that we’ll share our results.

In fact, it’s the impetus for our  book proposal concerning the subject. Through a number of new food-cost experiments, and research with professionals in nutrition, economics, and cultural studies, we will bring you with us on our journey. You’ll just have to be patient, and check back here for updates.

If you’re new to this site, please note that to start at the beginning you’ll have to click “older entries” and start from “Day One“, otherwise you’ll be reading in reverse; which could be interesting too.

Thanks for reading and sharing with us.


Christopher & Kerri

P.S. We think we’ve received the last of the donations, and will be calling the Community Resource Center tomorrow to schedule a donation and photo-op for the press. Hopefully this will bring more attention to the organization and the essential services they provide. Your donations totaled right around $1500, which is impressive considering that most of you are complete strangers who entrusted us with your money.


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