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Ben Affleck & More Stars Live on $1.50 a Day for Poverty Vow (PHOTOS)

Ben Affleck sent the media aflutter with a recent tweet promising to only eat $1.50’s worth of food per day for five days, as part of the Live Below the Line initiative led by the Global Poverty Project. The organization hopes the challenge—which takes place April 29 to May 3, but can be started at any time—will raise awareness that 1.4 billion people are living below the extreme poverty line, an estimated $1.50 per day in the U.S., a figure from the World Bank. The Global Poverty Project reported on their website that more than 15,000 people joined the cause last year and raised over $3 million, enlisting the help of celebrities like Minka Kelly and Kevin Connolly. See which other celebrities have supported the charity!

Ben Affleck sent the media aflutter with a recent tweet promising to only eat $1.50’s worth of food per day for five days, as part of the Live Below the Line initiative led by the Global Poverty Project. The organization hopes the challenge—which takes place April 29 to May 3, but can be started at any time—will raise awareness that 1.4 billion people are living below the extreme poverty line, an estimated $1.50 per day in the U.S., a figure from the World Bank. The Global Poverty Project reported on its website that more than 15,000 people joined the cause last year and raised over $3 million, enlisting the help of celebrities like Minka Kelly and Kevin Connolly. See which other celebrities have supported the charity!

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Kevin Connolly

It’s not only this year that stars are endorsing the poverty challenge! Kevin Connolly did a shout-out for the Live Below the Line program on Twitter in 2012. The HBO Entourage star recently premiered Big Shot—his documentary directorial debut for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series—at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it will air on the network in the fall, as reported by the New York Daily News.

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Malin Akerman

Swedish-Canadian beauty Malin Akerman tweeted to followers in May 2012, “Proud of everyone living #belowtheline this week.” The actress, who played Dr. Valarie Flame on Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital and recurred this season on ABC’s Suburgatory, gave birth to a baby boy earlier this month.

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Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos

It’s surprising what Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are able to whip up on $1.50 a day! Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin hosts have been Instagramming snapshots of their meals during the challenge, including lentil soup and bread and homemade pasta. “Dam..On the subway.Lady next to me has a big bag of KFC that smells good.Im hungry.$1.50 a day,I can’t…” tweeted Mazar on day two of the pledge.

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Ben Affleck

Argo fuck yourself,” would be the last thing Ben Affleck would say in real life. The Argo director is the latest celebrity to join the Global Poverty Project cause. “1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50/day. I’m joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?” tweeted Affleck. The Eastern Congo Initiative he mentioned is a U.S.-based program he founded, which focuses on advocacy and grant-making to help out people in the eastern Congo. The organization is just one of the many groups the poverty project supports.

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Josh Groban

No stranger to philanthropy, Josh Groban is also a huge backer of the Live Below the Line initiative. He’s so supportive that he’s dedicated a section to it on his website, made a video, and is in third place in raising funds for the charity, trailing just behind Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

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Jonah Hill

Funnyman Jonah Hill asked his Twitter followers to join him in supporting the global poverty cause. Sony recently confirmed at CinemaCon that Hill and his partner in crime, Channing Tatum, will be reprising their roles in the sequel of 21 Jump Street set for a 2014 release, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

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Tom Hiddleston

“Never has a baked potato looked so good,” Tom Hiddleston said in a YouTube video he posted, revealing his final lunch of his five-day stretch of eating on $1.50 a day. The Avengers actor posted snapshots of the small meals he ate during his challenge on his WhoSay account, from an omelet with half a can of kidney beans to rice mixed with a scant amount of vegetables. “#Below the line is not about starvation. It’s about voluntarily experiencing the constraints of those who don’t have a choice,” tweeted Hiddleston.

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Katie Couric

“Of the 2 billion children in the world 1/2 live in extreme poverty. Rise out & see the end,” Katie Couric tweeted to her followers earlier this month about the poverty initiative. She will be taking her syndicated talk show, Katie, to Hollywood in May during sweeps week, shooting on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live, as reported by Mediabistro.

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Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush is working directly with the folks behind Live Below the Line initiative, as she is featured in a YouTube video supporting the cause. “Join me and take a stand for the children around the world who don’t have a voice,” said the actress in the video.

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Hugh Jackman

Live Below the Line is Hugh Jackman’s passion project. He is the face of the Global Poverty Project’s public service announcement for the initiative. The Australian hunk also sits on the board of the Global Poverty Project and jump-started the program in 2011.

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Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey reminisced about his humble beginnings when he took the poverty oath last year. “Been a long time since I've had ramen noodles, I forgot how good they are. I strongly recommend the shrimp flavor....nice! #BelowTheLine,” the 98 Degrees member tweeted. He welcomed his son, Camden, into the world with his wife Vanessa Minnillo in September 2012.

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Minka Kelly

It’s refreshing to hear about celebrities working to make a difference in the world. Minka Kelly—of Charlie’s Angels and Friday Night Lights fame—helped the organization shoot a public-service announcement last year, encouraging others to join the project.