Ben Affleck: I Plan to Live on $1.50 a Day

...for at least one day, to bring awareness to global poverty

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2013 2:00 PM CDT | Updated Apr 23, 2013 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – According to one estimate, 1.4 billion people around the world have to get by on just $1.50 a day. To bring awareness to that fact, Ben Affleck will spend only that much on food and drink for "at least one day" next week. Sophia Bush, Josh Groban, Debi Mazar, and Hunter Biden are also taking part in the challenge as part of a campaign from nonprofit Live Below the Line to raise funds for the Global Poverty Project, TV Guide reports. They'll be tweeting their experience. The campaign runs Monday through Friday, and participants are encouraged to "live below the line" for all five days.

In this Tuesday, April 9, 2013 publicity photo provided by Fiji Water, actor Ben Affleck arrives at the premiere of To The Wonder hosted by FIJI Water, in Los Angeles.
In this Tuesday, April 9, 2013 publicity photo provided by Fiji Water, actor Ben Affleck arrives at the premiere of "To The Wonder" hosted by FIJI Water, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Fiji Water, Matt Sayles)
In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, Ben Affleck poses with his award for best picture for Argo during at the Oscars.
In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, Ben Affleck poses with his award for best picture for "Argo" during at the Oscars.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
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