Take the
Ration Challenge

… and show refugees we stand with them.

  • This year in NZ we've raised

    ... enough to provide food for


    refugees for a whole year!

  • Since the Ration
    Challenge started,

    71,183 challengers

    have raised an amazing


How it works

Become a Ration Challenger: sign up now to join the Ration Challenge community. We’ll send you a ration box, that you will need to fill with food rations to complete your food ration pack.

Live on rations: eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (16-23 June)

Raise money and awareness: raise vital funds to provide refugees with food, healthcare and education. Share your experience to raise awareness for this important issue.

Are you up for the challenge?

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil – and get sponsored to do it. The money you raise will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support other communities around the world threatened by conflict and disaster.

Living on rations

We’ve designed the Ration Challenge to reflect, as closely as we can, what it’s like to eat rations as a Syrian refugee in Jordan. Your ration pack will contain exactly the same food that is distributed to refugees. You may get a shock – it’s not much for a week!

We’ll send you a ration box, that you will need to fill with food rations to complete your food ration pack. Just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. And only water to drink. That’s it. No meat, no coffee, no alcohol!

Vegetarian or vegan? You can swap sardines on your shopping list with an alternative e.g. tofu.

If you work hard on your fundraising, you’ll be able to ‘earn’ extra ingredients – for example, a spice or flavouring or a fresh vegetable of your choice – to add to your ration pack.

So the friends, families and colleagues who are willing to sponsor you will be playing a crucial role in helping you make it through the week, as well as providing vital funds to support refugees.

Keen to get involved? Join us now!

“Taking part in the Ration Challenge was a chance to be part of something bigger than myself.

I felt that I could finally be part of a community taking action against global injustice that I often feel helpless about and show refugees I stand with them.”

Key questions answered

What if I’m a vegetarian or vegan?

You can still take part! You can very easily switch out the sardines on your shopping list for an alternative such as 125g of tofu.

When does the Ration Challenge take place?

The Ration Challenge is held in Refugee Week, from Sunday 16 June – Sunday 23 June 2019. However, if you’re busy in that week due to work or family commitments, you can choose to do the Challenge at another time.

Can I take part with my workplace?

Yes! We’d love to support you and your colleagues in taking the Challenge. Sign up a team today and get in touch so we can support you in taking part at your work.

More questions? See our FAQs

Challenger chat

“Two weeks out from the Challenge, I watched the live Facebook feed of a food ration distribution in Jordan. I was blown away by how quickly my fundraising reached refugees.”

“One of the most challenging experiences of my life. I raised over $1,160 and I’ve never been more proud of what I achieved. I feel I made a real difference to refugees.”

“Eye-opening, challenging and important. Doing the Challenge raised awareness of refugees and what they go through among my colleagues, family and friends.”