Monday, June 2, 2014

Guest Blog Post: David Henry Living Below the Line


Photo Credits: David Henry

I'm very excited to have the first guest post to be tackling the subject of living below the line. Living Below the Line is a campaign from the initiative of the Global Poverty Project. It challenges individuals across the world to spend $1.50 a day on food and drink for 5 days to gain further understanding of extreme poverty and David Henry took on this challenge. A total of $353,791 was raised in the U.S this year for tackling this issue.

 I first met David Henry at Virginia Tech during a triathlon club meeting in 2009. He pretty much got me excited about joining the Hokie cycling community. You can find David Henry's completed challenge and daily reflections here.


during May and June, join us in spending $1.50 a day on food and drink for 1-5 days to change the way people in the US think about extreme poverty - and make a huge difference by raising funds for poverty fighting organizations.   Read More
Total raised so far 
$ 353,791
- See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us#sthash.wczvhPey.dpuf
during May and June, join us in spending $1.50 a day on food and drink for 1-5 days to change the way people in the US think about extreme poverty - and make a huge difference by raising funds for poverty fighting organizations.   Read More
Total raised so far 
$ 353,791
- See more at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us#sthash.wczvhPey.dpuf

 David Henry:


I am an adventurer born and bred on a nature preserve in Pennsylvania, trained as an engineer at Virginia Tech, who now makes a living as an Entrepreneur in South West Virginia. 




1. Why did you Decide to embark on this challenge?

It started shortly after turning down a full time job to pursue full-time employment with the company I founded last November.  I was budgeting for my expenses and had a good handle on rent, travel, and entertainment costs but when it came to food, I had no idea what it would cost me to eat nutritious and filling meals. A twitter search on “Food and Poverty” lead me to stumble across www.livebelowtheline.com A Global Challenge that is focused on raising awareness and money in an attempt to battle “Extreme Poverty.

Plan, procure, and prep.


2. What did the challenge of living below the line entail (Rules, Planning, Prep)? 


Ground Rules:
- 5 Days or 120 Hours and you can only spend $7.50 on Food and drink ($1.50 per day)
- Any “Free Food” Must be accounted for at its fair market value

The Prep Work:
A good deal of research and a bit of help from http://nutritiondata.self.com helped my team learn how to best put our pennies to work.  I read more nutritional labels than ever before and scoured the grocery store for the Kroger brand bulk goods high in calories, protein, and vitamins. 

After 5 hours of planning, 1 hour of shopping, and 3 hours of cooking I had 15 meals packed up and ready for the week!




 
3. Challenges/learning experience throughout living below the line.

I was not hungry during the week rather more aware of my next meal and its contents than ever before.  For the five days between April 28th 2014 and May 2nd 2014 I only consumed 9 ingredients and used no seasoning beyond the natural flavors found in the onion, tomato, and sweet potatoes that were part of my budget.  I sometimes found it mildly challenging to eat enough oatmeal, beans, and rice to cover my required caloric intake and while the food was bland initially I found that by the end of the week my sense of both taste and smell grew more sensitive.  Turning down free food was challenging initially



4. What would you want someone to take away from your experience?

That anyone who is interested in committing to this challenge would be able to successfully complete it with the right prep work.  Next time you hear Poverty, Food Deserts, Hunger, Obesity, Nutritional Epidemic, etc. come up in conversation or in the news stop and question what you are hearing.  I cannot convey even a fraction of the lessons I learned through this post but perhaps encourage a few of you to give it a try next April.  You might be surprised at what you learn and you might start wondering if the problem of “Hunger” in the United States is a result of accessibility or one of Education? 

Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
I have to give a big thank you to David Henry for the guest blog post. It really got me thinking about overabundance of processed food and then the next extreme,  lack of food in some areas. How much does your daily meals tally up too?



Thanks!
Edie


 

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