What can I eat on $2.85 a day?
More than you’d think! When you register for the challenge, you’ll have access to our recipe guide in the Stuff to
I’m gluten free/celiac/have a dietary restriction. How can I participate?
It’s easy to substitute ingredients featured in the LBL recipe guide for gluten-free options, or as necessary to suit your dietary restriction. For example, you can use gluten-free pasta, or use almond milk instead of cow’s milk if you are lactose-intolerant.
Where can I get recipes?
When you register for the challenge, you’ll have access to a range of resources in the Stuff to
How do I get through work/uni/school when I’m eating so little?
With a little difficulty – but we PROMISE you it’s worth it!
For example, if you work a nine to five job, you’ll want to
Is the One Helping cookbook still available?
Absolutely! The One Helping cookbook is being sold for $15 + $5 postage and packing this year – but prices have changed slightly since it was originally created in 2014. The cost of food in New Zealand has changed significantly since 2014 and the international poverty line has also risen to $2.85(NZD) from $2.25, BUT the good news is that all of the recipes in this book work out to $2.85 or less per person and will be great to use for your challenge. Grab a copy today by calling our Supporter Relations team on 0800 800 777!
How do I keep track of what I’m spending/how much my food costs?
That’s easy – use the budget planner! You’ll find it in Stuff to Help on ‘My Page’. It’s a great way to keep track of how much you’re spending and eating during the challenge.
When can I get my tax receipt?
You’ll receive a downloadable tax receipt immediately after your online donation is processed.
To access your tax receipt, enter your details into the donor login section on the
Will I get an update as to what my donation has achieved?
Good things take time, and many of the projects Tearfund supports don’t happen overnight. They are long-term projects designed to empower and equip communities for development through the work of our partners. We may not be able to provide an update on your specific donation, but every contribution helps to ensure the success of these projects, and we are committed to showing you the impact of our work. At the end of the LBL challenge, you will be sent an update on what the total amount raised can achieve through our partners. Every dollar you donate makes such a difference – so thank you!
Where does the money go?
The money you raise will enable Tearfund’s Empower partners overseas to provide families living in vulnerable communities with sustainable enterprise opportunities that improve their livelihood. This happens through the formation of Farming Co-Operatives and Self Help Groups.
How do I know my money gets there?
Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners externally and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved.
If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact email@example.com
Can we donate
How do I donate to a specific person/team?
To find a specific donation page, type in the name of an individual or team into the search box.
What are the rules?
- You have $2.85 per day. You don’t need to factor tap water into this – it’s counted as ‘free’ – so remember to drink as much as possible to stay hydrated!
- Only count what you use. For example, if you purchase a bag of rice from the supermarket, but only use one cup of it during the challenge, only count the price of one cup’s worth in your budget.
- Just say no… thank you. We know they do it because they care, but if your friend offers you ‘free’ food during your challenge, resist! Encourage them to sponsor you instead
Is Live Below the Line safe? Is there any reason I shouldn’t do it?
Eating on $2.85 a day is tough, and we don’t recommend doing it for longer than five days. You’ll need to plan carefully to make sure your food is nutritious and filling to maintain energy levels, eat regularly (no skipping meals!) and stay hydrated.
We also advise against pregnant women taking part in the challenge. If you have concerns or medical issues and wish to take up the challenge, please consult your medical professional.
Can I do this as a team?
Of course! Grab your mates and do it together. It’s a fantastic way to share resources, support each other and make your hard-earned dollars do more.
What is Dine Below the Line?
Dine Below the Line is an LBL fundraiser event that you can host - either as part of your
I thought the cause was Protect, but now it’s Empower?
Yes, the cause has changed, but the kaupapa remains the same! Empower addresses poverty at a grassroots level by creating opportunities for people to gain an income and education, so that they’re less vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.
What about poverty in NZ?
There are some fantastic
Do your Farming Co-operatives have a negative impact on climate change?
We do our best to ensure Farming Co-operatives operated by Tearfund’s partners are based on sustainable methods. For example, all of our Farming Co-operatives in the Philippines, Vanuatu and Sri Lanka are organic.
These projects are also
Does empowering small business start-ups and Farming Co-operatives overseas take away from NZ exports?
The work that Tearfund’s partners do through the Empower sector (for example, Farming Co-operatives in the Philippines) provides vulnerable families with access to local
Eating on $2.85 a day doesn’t accurately reflect poverty at all! Aren’t you
The challenge provides a small window into the experience of those who live with much less choice and opportunities as us. It’s not an accurate representation of living under the poverty line, and it’s not meant to be. Here in New Zealand, many of us can take for granted things like eating whenever and whatever we want. Eating less is one way we can strive to
I’m having trouble logging in. Please help.
Have you checked your password? Got the correct email? If you’re still having problems, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check your account.
I don’t live in NZ, can I still take part?
Sure you can! But you’ll need to Google what $2.85NZD converts to in your currency and use that as a marker for your daily food and drink allowance.
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We suggest you sign up as soon as possible so you’re able to take part during the challenge week, BUT if you’re not able to participate from 12-16 March, you can Live Below the Line before the end of March.
Please note the challenge must be restricted to five days for your safety, and fundraising needs to be completed by 31 March if you would like your tax return this year. Any donations that are processed after 1 April will apply to the 2018/19 financial year for tax returns.