Today's the day I start living below the line for the rest of this week.
What's Live Below the Line?
I begin my journey of spreading awareness of worldwide hunger by vowing to live on $1.50 a day for meals. To do this required a lot of planning, visiting a grocery store I rarely go to (Aldi) and plucking things from the garden though not a lot has sprung up already. Today's meals will include ramen from Aldi's that I bought for $1.69 for 12, chicken broth, and water to drink. Naturally, I will be soooo over ramen after this week.
To prepare for this mentally, I've been watching videos on the Live Below the Line YouTube channel to see how others are going about it. I watched this video of Sister Sparrow (the band) (though, if I were more awesome than I am then I would have named one of my children "Sister Sparrow") as they prepared to Live Below the Line with me next week. In fact, there are a couple other folks joining me as well.
The questions I have about eating have helped me think through this carefully, but I've gotten a lot of questions from friends so I put together a FAQ.
What do you mean by "extreme poverty"?
The World Bank defines that to be in financial terms that are easy to understand. In the poorest countries of the world, people are living off of $1.50 a day. That's less than the coffee I drink every morning. In terms of how many people are actually living that way, you'll have to wrap your brain around this: 1.4 billion.
How does Live Below the Line work?
Basically, I signed up with a team of people and we chose our charity, World Food Program USA. If you know me, you know that I work in education and get to see what our children eat daily. Most of the time, I'm bothered by the choices we serve American children, but I also know that they have things like fruits and vegetables available to them in a way that poorer children don't. Friends have donated directly to our page that we set up and, for the duration of this week, I'm eating on $1.50 a day and have spent only $7.50 for the entire week.
Where does the money go that you raise, Kelly?
Where do I come in?
I'm glad you asked! First, you can support me by just encouraging me. Leave me a note or comment here to help me get through the day. That will mean a lot to me because I thrive on things like that. Or, give me food advice. What suggestions do you have for me? How can I really do this? What food choices would you go with if you had to live on $1.50 per day?
If you'd like to donate, please visit our team page or my personal one.
Next, spread the word! You can use your voice to let your friends know what's happening this week.
Come back and visit. My goal is to post often so you can watch my progress.