If you have been a regular reader of mine for a while now, then you’ll remember that last year I was involved in a campaign called Live Below The Line. What I did was vow to eat only $1.50 worth of food for 5 days last year to raise awareness of the fact that 1.4 billion people do this every single day. There are 1.4 billion people who are so impoverished that they can only eat what amounts to the American equivalent of $1.50 worth of food and drink a day.
Can you imagine? I certainly couldn’t imagine. And after living it last year it was a ginormous wake up call for me that even with whatever financial hardships I might have as an American at least I can provide my children with more than $1.50 worth of food and drink a day.
I Was Invited Back This Year
And I will admit when I received the email asking me if I wanted to sign up again I hesitated. I hesitated because it was so enormously hard to do. Because I was hungry all the time. Because making food for the rest of my family and only being able to eat small portions of it was hard. Because my family also did not understand why I would make that kind of sacrifice.
And I thought about that. I thought about my children thinking it was silly for me to not eat all of the food they were eating for 5 days. And I thought you know what, even though they might not have understood that kind of sacrifice just now they did learn something. Because every night we sat down to dinner and I was eating a tiny bowl of rice or just the noodles from dinner because even a small portion of protein was too much of my daily food budget we would talk about why I was doing it. We would talk about the 1.4 billion people who live like that every single day. And even if they don’t get the magnitude of that right now they will remember it, but only if I keep reminding them.
So I Talked To My Family Last Night
I told them that I was invited to do it again. The questions of why began again. But then there was also the how of it all. How do you know you’re eating $1.50 worth of food? It was like they were trying to see if they themselves could do it for just five days.
I have not invited them to join me because they are children. I will see what my oldest two have to say as we get closer to the date of this. Maybe I’ll let them join me to help drive home the importance of this. Only if they want to though. But I am committed to doing this again this year. I just signed myself up.
Now I Need Your Help
Do you want to live below the line with me? Do you want to help raise money and awareness for this cause? Well, that is great. I would love to have you join me. I have created a team called Monica’s Mom Musings. You can join my team and help raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause.
Or if you don’t want to commit to raising funds yourself or even eating on so little a day, but you have money to share, then please donate to this cause.
I have chosen Happy Hearts Fund to partner up with and raise money for. This is a non profit foundation which rebuilds schools and restores hope to children after natural disasters.
In the past year after experiencing some of the natural disasters which we have and knowing the millions of dollars in government money which needed to be thrown at these situations I couldn’t think of a more worth while group to get involved with.
Because we are fortunate to have federal money which can help us rebuild. So many do not have this. And rebuilding schools for children to have a safe environment to learn in just seemed like something that I and Monica’s Mom Musings could really get behind.
So whether you are joining me in this challenge which is running from April 29 – May 3 this year, or you are donating, or just spreading the word I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is a very worthwhile cause and every little bit helps attack this problem. Together we can help end hunger.
What will you be doing to help out in this Live Below The Line challenge today?