FSU Students Are Eating On $1.50 For 5 Days

By: Emily Johnson Email
By: Emily Johnson Email

By: Emily Johnson
April 7, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - "I definitely expect to be hungry, I'd be very surprised if I wasn't," said Jay Quigley

According to the WorldBank.Org there are 1.2 Billion people living below the world poverty line.

Quigley and fellow FSU students are participating in a campaign Live Below The Line, to see what it's like to "live below the line" by eating on just $1.50 a day for five days.

"Last night we went shopping. There were eight of us to buy for and we shopped for $7.50 a piece which added up to $60.00," said Quigley.

The Grocery list includes items high in protein, but there's not enough money to buy meat. J

eff Haines said this means he'll have to have give up his favorite restaurants in town.

"I eat out a lot. Normally I probably spend close to $100 a week eating out and now I'm going to be limited to rice, beans and oatmeal," said Haines.

The FSU Live Below The Line campaign wants to raise $5,000 to give to Possible, which is an organization that serves an impoverished region in Nepal.

Quigley and his fellow Live Below The Line participants said they want to bring an awareness of world poverty to FSU's campus.

"I think we are first of just trying to help people be more aware that poverty here in the United States means something completely different from what it means in the world in general," said Quigley

They'll be holding events on campus all week. On Friday they will hold a "Cheapo Potluck" where other students can experience what a $1.50 a day budget allows.


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