Find Our Most Frequent Questions Below

Below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions we receive. If you can’t find what you are looking for, be sure to reach out to us and ask. We want you to have all the information you need in order to participate in this challenge.



Q.  May I use food I have in my kitchen for the challenge? I don’t want it to go to waste.

A.  No. You must purchase the entire week’s food just before starting the challenge and may not use gifted food or food you already have. You may not barter for food, either. Remember, this is not about finding ways to eat more, but rather, it is a time to learn gratitude and to help others. If you have fresh food that might go bad during your challenge week, freeze it for later or give it away to someone who will enjoy it.

Q. What if someone treats me out to lunch during the challenge? Do I need to add the cost of the meal to my weekly allowance, even though I didn’t pay for it?

A.  Yes, you do. Even though the meal is free to you, the cost needs to be added in. It is about the experience of the challenge, not finding a way to eat for free by asking friends to take you out or to provide you with meals. You can do one week of living on $1.90 a day! Challenge yourself!

Q. I can’t deal without coffee, wine or chocolate (or something else), but I want to be a part of #PassMyPlate. What can I do?

A.  You don’t have to take the challenge if you are pregnant, sick or will miss a favorite food that is too expensive for this event. Instead, make a donation for the amount you’d normally spend during a week. You can do so by clicking here.

Q. I am a student and don’t have lots of money. How can I help?

A.  You can gather your friends and together, make a difference. How about a penny war? Or, how about giving up a cup of coffee per day and donating what you saved? How about you don’t go out partying one weekend and donate the saved money? Look at your life and give up one thing for one week – donate the funds you’ve saved.

Q. Why are we doing this? What is the end result?

A.  You are helping provide children infected and/or affected by AIDS with a sustainable food solution. AFCA will convert your donation into goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits, sheep, seeds, and training so that the orphaned children can grow and raise their own food.

Q. Why is AFCA focused on providing food for children in African countries and not in USA?

A.  Thankfully, the United States has services that help those who need it. There are school programs, WIC, food pantries, and food programs that address hunger in our country. Those types of programs are not available in the countries in which AFCA works, so we are providing for those who truly have nowhere to go for help.

Q. How much money do Americans spend on snacks?

A.  Americans spend approximately $374 BILLION in snacks in 2014!

Q. How much money to families helped by AFCA spend on snacks per year?

A.  Zero. They can’t snack, due to lack of funds