The Live Below the Line Challenge

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Tuesday, March 11, 2014
From April 28 to May 2, 2014 Live Below the Line and Heifer International are partnering on this poverty awareness campaign to raise funds and help smallholder farmers.

Live Below the Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign designed to help people understand the challenges faced by those living in extreme poverty. It challenges the rest of us to do just that - feed ourselves with just $1.50 a day - the U.S. equivalent of the international Extreme Poverty Line.

The Heifer International team will be participating in the challenge and raising funds. Find out more and sign up at:
We know that cooking for the Live Below the Line challenge can at first seem extremely challenging, so here are some tips:
You have a total of $7.50 to use to buy the ingredients for all of your meals for five days. Here are a few suggestions of inexpensive, staple ingredients that you may want to include on your shopping list: rice, beans, chickpeas, corn, tomato sauce, noodles, eggs, carrots, onions, canola oil, garlic, salt, pepper, bananas, pasta, oatmeal.
  • You can count tap water as being free.
  • You can't grab a snack from the pantry unless you count the cost of the item within your budget.
  • For items such as salt and pepper, simply work out the cost of each item per ounce and budget your shopping proportionally.
  • You can use food from your garden as long as you account for the price of production.
  • You cannot accept "donated" food from others.
* One of our Sonoma Heifer volunteers, Linda McBee, has joined the challenge. You can donate here:
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