In a unique challenge called Live Below the Line, the Global Poverty Project is asking Americans to try to live on $1.50 a day, or five days. The GPP is an international group whose mission is to raise awareness and offer education to work to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty, and raise funds for those campaigns.
They maintain that 1.4 billion people worldwide live on $1.50 a day – which must cover all of the elements of life – not just food. But for the US challenge, the group says to try to spend $1.50 a day for your food.
To help with ideas, they have published a cookbook. In it, there are recipes for a pumpkin soup, spiced chickpeas with cauliflower, or oatmeal with honey and apples, among others.
Think about it – what can you cook or eat for little of nothing that’s nutritious and delicious? Soups are the most likely candidate, and cheap starch like rice – which offers little in the way of nutrition, though it does fill bellies. Combined with beans, it’s a more filling proposition.
Chances are you will have a hard time finding meat that would fit into the budget. Would you add spices to make things more palatable?Load up on filling grains and cereals or fruits and vegetables?
Consider the challenge thoughtfully – and comment below as to what you’d make.