How much money do you think the average celeb spends on food each day? Considering all the lunches in Beverly Hills and all the customized dietitian-designed meals, I'm sure it's not uncommon to spend into the hundreds. Well, a few celebs have decided to cut their daily food budgets -- by a lot. Ben Affleck plans to live on $1.50 a day for five days.
It's part of a hunger awareness campaign, Live Below the Line -- as in live below the poverty line. Sophia Bush, Josh Groban, Debi Mazar, and Hunter Biden will join the challenge to help raise funds for the Global Poverty Project. Want to hear what Ben has to say about staying alive on $1.50 a day?
He and others are expected to live tweet via their own Twitter accounts as well as on @LBLUS. And you can join them, too. Anyone can sign up for the same pledge. What's the point? The organization says it's to "increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to see an end to extreme poverty."
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Will it work? That's what I always wonder about these awareness campaigns. (Remember when Mayor Cory Booker pledged to live on food stamps alone?) Last year the same $1.50 project raised over $3 million and got over 15,000 participants. Not massive, but a great start. This year could be bigger.
But even more than the money raised, I think it would be enlightening if all of us who take three square meals a day for granted (I know I do!) could take this challenge just as an exercise in empathy. The challenge is actually to do it for five days. I'm not sure I could even function on so little for more than a day or two. With my daily commute into the city? Working full-time? Caring for my son when I get home? No way.
If you're curious, you can sign up at Live Below the Line's website.
How long could you live on $1.50 a day -- or have you already done this?
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