A PEMBROKE Dock councillor is taking up the Patch diet challenge later this month.

The 10-day challenge is to only eat foods that people would get if they received a food parcel from Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (Patch).

Tracy Olin from Patch set up the challenge to celebrate the charities 10th birthday.

Cllr Josh Beynon from Pembroke Dock who is one of the people taking part in the challenge believes it will be an interesting experience.

“June 15, is my first day,” he said.

“It’s something I would never have thought of doing on my own. It will be really interesting to see the struggles of people living on a food parcel.”

A list of food items that would be in food parcel has been distributed to the challengers, which they can then purchase.

“We wanted to do it as authentically as possible,” Tracy said.

“Our food parcels are five days and there’s not much choice, it’s just what we have available.”

Cllr Beynon agreed, saying that planning meals would be difficult.

He said: “It might sound obvious, if you get a food parcel you don’t get to plan your meals. You turn up and it gets given to you, I plan on doing the same.

“I’m looking forward to it, but I think it will be difficult and I think it will really open my eyes.”

Tracy, who has already started the challenge agreed.

“The lack of choice had made the biggest impact on us," she said.

“I’m learning things that I have never thought of before and the lack of choice has been the big hurdle.”

Cllr Beynon plans to do the challenge for seven days, due to other commitments.

Tracy said that while he was studying for exams it may not be best for him to limit his diet for the full 10 days as people found her more “befuddled” than normal.