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Biden's Sons, Wife Eat on $1.50 A Day to Bring Attention to Poverty

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:08 PM

By Greg Richter

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Vice President Joe Biden's two sons and wife are getting by on $1.50 a day to bring attention to world hunger.

"I'm hungry. I'm very hungry," Hunter Biden told CNBC's Andrea Mitchell in an appearance with his brother Beau Biden to promote the Live Below the Line Campaign.

Nearly 1.5 billion people in the world live below the poverty line and are forced to subsist on the equivalent of $1.50 a day. Hunter Biden, chairman of the board of World Food Program USA, is living on $1.50 worth of food for five days. Beau and their mother, Jill, are participating for one day.

"I'm not as tough as my brother," joked Beau, who is Delaware attorney general.

Asked what he was eating to stay below the $1.50 limit, Hunter said, "My wife said I didn't do very good shopping, but I'm doing oatmeal, and I did – which was probably the only thing I could figure out on my own – was ramen noodles."

About 870 million people go to bed hungry every night, Hunter said. "One out of every eight people in the world. So to do it in solidarity with those people for five days isn't really that big a deal."

Many of those are pregnant women, who then give birth to children who already suffer the effects of malnutrition, he noted.

His group funds programs in countries such as Kenya, where many children walk long distances to school just because there is food there, he said. While there, they also get an education that will help them climb out of the cycle of poverty.

When asked what they want to be when they grow up, Hunter said he is encouraged to hear doctor, lawyer, airline pilot – just like he hears in American schools.

Girls often are not encouraged to attend school in the societies they serve, so they are given extra food to take home with them to ensure they continue to come, eat and get educated.






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