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Others who have taken the challenge: Penny Ricketts

Why she took the “Live Below the Line” anti-poverty challenge ($1.50 a day, for five days):

“What you’re supposed to do is let everyone know you’re doing it. They give you money (for) different organizations that you can send it to. I used it buy food for the Greenfield Community College pantry, the Stone Soup Cafe and the Greenfield Salvation Army.”

What she ate:

“There was a day when I had some rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I drank a lot of water. ... I did try ramen noodles one day. I couldn’t do it. Day one, I was already done with (the noodles).”

Lessons learned for next time:

“It was really an eye opener. I don’t know if I could do it again. ... If I do ... I’d do it with team of people (to combine benefits and share food).”

— CHRIS SHORES

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