Could you eat for five days for only $7.50? That’s $1.50 per day. Most of us spend more than that in a visit to Starbucks or McDonalds. But for many people, living on just $1.50 for food per day is a harsh reality. For billions of people throughout the world, it is a reality they must live with and $1.50 has to cover much more than just their food. Live Below The Line, is an initiative by The Global Poverty Project, to raise awareness for world hunger. Many celebrities are joining the initiative from April 29th to May 3rd to try to “live below the line” and stay within a food budget of $7.50 for five days. Usually, I write about good deals on food and wine here on The Recessionista, but I want to take this opportunity to spotlight the fact that many people in the world still are going hungry and need our help.
Started in 2009 by Rich Fleming of The Global Poverty Project and Nick Allardice of The Oaktree Foundation in Australia, “Live Below The Line” is intended to bring the realities of extreme poverty to light all while raising funds to combat the problem. This year the “Live Below The Line” challenge is from April 29 through May 3. Big props to actor/director/producer and screenwriter Ben Affleck for announcing via Twitter that he will be joining Malin Akerman and Josh Groban in this year’s challenge. These celebs will have a food budget of only $7.50 for five days. You can follow the challenge on Twitter via Live Below The Line’s official Twitter handle, @LBLUS and the hashtag
#BelowtheLine. I just signed up, will you?