So Ben Affleck is going to eat on just $1.50 a day. So are Sophia Bush, Josh Groban, Debi Mazar, “The Avengers” star Tom Hiddleston and Hunter Biden (that’s Vice President Joe Biden’s son). Each one will spend just $1.50 total each day for their three meals for one solid week. Each ‘star’ is doing this to raise money for their charity and, more importantly,to call attention to the vast number of people living in poverty who must live on just $1.50 worth of food a day.
This week, April 29 through May 3, is the Live Below the Line campaign that’s changing the way people think about poverty—and making a huge difference—by challenging everyday people to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for 5 days. – See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/#sthash.OsrQyEfd.dpuf
Gimmicky? Maybe. But at least you’ve read this far and maybe if I throw in something profound about hunger and poverty you’ll learn something like …In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
Did you catch that the above statistic is about the UNITED STATES? Not Africa, not South America but right here in the good ole U.S. of A.! Shocking!
So sometimes we nonprofits need to find ‘different’ ways of drawing attention to issues we hope you’ll care about and want to do something about. While Live Below the Line does the $1.50 day for food challenge, United Way of the Greater Triangle does poverty simulations and the CEO Sleepout. Playing at being poor? Camping out to pretend to be homeless? Nope – not what we want to achieve at all. What we want is for you to participate or hear about the events and maybe it will be enough to get you thinking about how, on any given night in the Triangle, nearly 2,000 people are homeless and sleeping on the streets of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Smithfield. Oh…and by the way, 40 of them will die this year.
But thinking about it is just the first step. Are you ready to take the next step and join in with other community leaders to work on finding solutions instead of bandaid-fixes? Drop me at note at email@example.com and I’ll tell you how to get involved.