What it Means to be Hungry: Getting by on $1.50/day
This month the Global Poverty Project is coordinating a campaign to bring awareness to individuals living in extreme poverty around the globe. According to the Live Below the Line campaign website: 1.4 BILLION people are forced to live every day on $1.50. Food, drink, health expenses, housing, transportation, education – all living costs must be covered by this amount. It’s a feat impossible to imagine – but it’s the reality for nearly one quarter of the world’s population.
The Live Below the Line five-day challenge runs May 16-20. For those days, participants will do their best to spend only $1.50/day on food. That’s not much. It’s less than what I spend on black coffee at my local java joint daily. And only 40% more than my organic apple afternoon snack. It’s an interesting challenge, and a scary thought. I’m not sure if I can hack it. Can you? Would you be willing to try?
The Extension plug: Extension has an entire online community dedicated to Food and Nutrition education. Topics include eating on a budget, national dietary recommendations, recipes, and information about food policy.