Live below the line, an eye opener

Live below the line, an eye opener


That’s four times the population of the United States spending less than $1.50 per day on food and drink. Could you do it?


How much do you spend every day on meals, drinks and snacks? Our guess is that it’s enough to feed an entire family in need.

Poverty is about more than hunger; it is about a lack of choice. In 2013, more than 20,000 careful spenders Lived Below the Line for five days and raised $4.4 million for anti-poverty projects around the world.Live Below the Line doesn’t have a US campaign for this year but you can pre-register now to get all info for next year’s project or you are welcome to join the Australian campaign running in May 2016 and focus on their cause as well. If not, during April and May, pick five days when you will spend just $1.50 per day on food and drink and send the money you’ve saved to UNICEF to fund nutrition programs in the world’s poorest communities.

Register here to Live Below the Line and turn awareness into impact.

The Challenge Guidelines (USA)

No “free” food.

You may only eat $7.50 worth (Australia $10) of food over 5 days. No more. No Less. 

You may consume as much tape water as you want. It’s important you stay hydrated.

If you feel unwell at any point during the challenge, stop immediately!!


When you’re budgeting, you’ll need to factor in the full cost of the items you’re buying in your budget. That means budgeting for a whole bag of rice or sugar, or a carton of eggs. To get the most out of your $10 budget for the week, you can team up with another participant so you can share the costs of ingredients, and afford luxuries like salt!

You’ll need to factor in the store price for any other food you use, including from the pantry, the garden (e.g. the cost of seeds), your livestock (e.g. the cost of chicken eggs), or food ‘donated’ by your friends.

The budget for the week does not include other living costs; you can still take public transport, use electricity, wear clothes, etc.

Remember, the point of the challenge isn’t to experience poverty, but to gain a small glimpse into some of the challenges faced by people who live extreme poverty. The challenge is powerful because of the lack of choices you have available, and the contrasts between the meals of others and your own.

(There’s been a bit of confusion about the rules recently. Some people prefer to factor in only the amount of food they use, as opposed to the full price of the items. What you decide to do is completely up to you. Regardless of whether you stick strictly to the rules or bend them a bit, doing Live Below the Line is still challenging and will hopefully help you be more empathetic towards people living in extreme poverty and some of the challenges they face.)







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