RATION MEAL CHALLENGE

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Wondering what you, your family or your church can do to remember people who are hungry?

One way is by eating a simple meal—flat bread, or a ration meal, similar to what is provided in refugee camps—then donating the funds saved to help people in that region.

It’s a meaningful way to symbolically identify with people in a different cultural context, help children learn about hunger, and make a contribution to help people who don’t have enough to eat.

You can do it once, once a month, or once a week—however it suits you, your family, or your church.


What is a ration?

Rations change from situation to situation. Sometimes food is distributed ‘wet’ or already cooked, other times ‘dry’ rations are given, which people cook on their own. ERDO generally distributes dry rations – with enough quantity to cover a period of time – for a month or two.

 

What happens when you donate the funds saved?

When you donate the money saved to ERDO, it will be put towards food programs that are matched up to 4:1 by the Canadian government. See a list of our matched projects>>


Resources to help you plan your simple meal:

Recipes

The recipes below are a way for you to experience what a mealtime might be like for someone receiving food aid in the developing world—a simple meal that can help you reflect on our abundance as Canadians and remember those who don’t have as much to eat, and then give to help others.

Click here for a red beans and rice recipe. A simple, and delicious, meal eaten every day around the world.

Click here for a simple flat bread recipe. Many people use part of their ration that includes wheat flour to make a simple flat bread. This can be eaten in the late morning for breakfast or the bread is used to scoop sauces made from lentils, meat, or vegetables.
 
Slides

Click here to download a slide to use to promote your ration meal challenge.

 

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*Information provided by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

 

 

 

 

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