Ben Affleck pledges to live on $1.50 a day

Ben Affleck pledges to live on $1.50 a day

Ben Affleck pledges to live on $1.50 a day

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by Lauren Moraski / CBS News

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

NEW YORK -- What can you buy for $1.50 a day? That would barely cover a coffee, let alone a tall drink at Starbucks.

But Ben Affleck is up for the challenge. He's pledging to live on $1.50 a day all in the name of charity. The actor plans to keep his daily food and drink costs below $1.50 -- for five days -- to raise money for The Global Poverty Project.

Affleck announced his participation via Twitter:"1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day. I’m joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you? http://bit.ly/15MbxD4"

According to Live Below the Line's website, the projects's goal is "to give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day -- and who have to make $1.50 cover a lot more than food."

Participants are expected to follow a set of guidelines that are listed here. Among them? "From April 29 to May 3, you can spend no more than $1.50 a day on food and drink. This means you have a total of $7.50 with which to buy all ingredients for your meals. The full cost of all the items you consume must be included in your budget. This means budgeting for whole packages of food such as rice, pasta, noodles and eggs etc."

Also taking part in the campaign are Sophia Bush, Josh Groban and Debi Mazar.

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