Take the
Ration Challenge

… and show refugees we’re with
them, not against them.

  • This year in Australia we've raised

    ...enough to provide food for


    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 your food ration pack and welcome 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.

Ration Challenge 2019

The Ration Challenge 2019 has launched and there has never been a more important time to show refugees we're with them, not against them! Join the community of dedicated Australians taking action through empathy and raising vital funds to provide communities around the world with food, healthcare and education. By sharing your experience with those around you, you'll be changing attitudes and helping to create a more compassionate world #RationChallenge #WithRefugees Join the movement at www.rationchallenge.org.au

Posted by Act for Peace on Tuesday, 19 March 2019

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!

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? We’ll remove the sardines from your pack and you can eat an alternative e.g. swap sardines for 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 an injustice that I often feel helpless about and show refugees we’re with them, not against them.”

Key questions answered

What if I’m a vegetarian or vegan?
You can still take part! Everything in the ration pack is suitable for vegans and vegetarians except the sardines. When you register, we’ll give you the option to have your sardines removed from your pack. You can replace the sardines with 125g of tofu, or other alternative of your choice.

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, school or family commitments, you can choose to do the Challenge at another time.

Can students and schools take part?

Yes! The Ration Challenge is available for schools again this year. Visit our schools page for more information and to register your school.

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.”