POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 1:45pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Imagine eating on just $2.25 a day. "Two broke guys" are bringing that challenge to the community in an effort to help the hungry in Baton Rouge.
One in eight people in Baton Rouge go to sleep hungry. Josh Howard and Ryan Chenevert want to help fight that problem.
"This is really to tell everybody, 'hey, there are serious needs in our community and we need to do something about it,'" Howard said.
So, for part of Hunger Action Month, they're choosing to walk in someone else's shoes.
"We are challenging and encouraging everyone to feed themselves on $2.25 a day," Howard said.
"What we plan to do is subtract the total amount we would have spent on food, which for me is around $80 over five days," Chenevert said. "Then, subtract that $11.25 that we are spending on food and donating the rest of that to that food bank."
The movement is called "GeauxforBRoke," and the two have partnered with organizations like the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to give back to the hungry in our community.
"The global poverty line is $1.50, but we decided to increase it to $2.25 for two reasons," Howard said. "One because 225 represents our community. It's our area code. It's our identity. Secondly, to give us some more room, with $0.75 you can fit a lot of room into that."
Howard said $2.25 may not seem like a lot, but it is possible.
"So if anyone wants to take me out to eat, you'll be eating black bean soup with me," Howard said. "Some day-old bread you can buy from local restaurants or local read suppliers, eggs, and coffee."
"I think my biggest challenge will be eating the same exact thing every single day because I just made a huge pot of red beans and rice," Chenevert said. "I divided it up, and I'm going to eat every day for lunch and dinner, and then I have muffins that I made for breakfast."
They said even though it's a challenge, it's worth it.
"So if that's $40 a week you spend on groceries or eating out," Howard said. "Then you give $28.75 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and say I'm doing my part financially and physically."
"This is Baton Rouge. That's what we are as a community," Chenevert said. "We love each other and we help support each other."
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