Ben Affleck is participating in the "Live Below the Line" campaign -- eating on $1.50 for a day -- to draw attention to poverty.

British star Tom Hiddleston (memorable as the evil Loki in "The Avengers," as well as other movies) recently took the challenge for five days and shared in social media what $1.50 meant for him and his stomach. 


Hiddleston tweeted the makeup of his meals while completing the Live Below the Line challenge earlier this month.  His meals included an omelet with kidney beans, as well as rice, vegetables and one-third of a jar of Uncle Ben's curry sauce. He finished up the challenge with "boiled rice + veg" for dinner, saying that he was counting his blessings.

Here's Tom Hiddleston on WhoSay, showing a late lunch/early supper, which he referred to as a combo omelet-pizza. It actually looks pretty good.

A representative for Affleck said the actor would spend a day dining on $1.50 to draw attention to the Eastern Congo Initiative, an organization he founded in 2010 with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of investment in Eastern Congo, a region plagued by violence and poverty.

The Live Below the Line website spells out the rules for the challenge -- no accepting donated food from friends and family, for instance. And it's best to spend your money at the beginning of the challenge, budgeting for whole packages of food -- rice, pasta, eggs, noodles -- which you then parcel out.

It offers participants guidance on how to eat on $1.50 a day. Their downloadable cookbook includes recipes for Oatmeal Porridge With Apple and Honey, Fruit Crepes, and Roasted Vegetables. It's simple-looking fare -- but is it filling? Perhaps the best way to find out is to take the challenge yourself.

[For the record, 1:25 p.m. April 29: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Affleck was participating in the Live Below the Line challenge for five days instead of one.]