Mean Bean Nutrition and Rewards

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Welcome Recruits

We’re spilling the beans on everything you need to know to become a Mean Beaner (yes, it is a thing). Keep reading for your step-by-step guide to nailing this challenge.

New for this year: Rewards

Spur yourself on with the chance to earn rewards along the way. It’s great to be part of a team, but these treats are down to individuals to earn.

Self starter

Kickstart your fundraising and sponsor yourself. Add a sprinkle of your favourite herb or spice to your next meal if you do.

In it together

Recruit at least one person to take the Mean Bean Challenge with you and enjoy a handful of nuts or seeds with one of your meals.

Shout about it

Every time five new people sponsor you, reward yourself with a glass of something more exciting than water.

Fundraising rewards

1

Raise £150

Choose a little something to spruce up one serving of porridge (eg a sprinkle of sugar or a dash of milk).

2

Raise £288

Add a pinch of your favourite herb or spice to one of your meals.

3

Raise £500

Allow yourself 100g of a vegetable of your choice with one of your meals.

4

Raise £800

You definitely deserve unlimited cuppas... for a day anyway.

5

Raise £1,000

Give yourself a massive pat on the back and have a non-bean-based protein (up to 100g) with two of your remaining meals.

Celebrate

Step-by-step Mean Bean guide

On Your Marks

STEP 1 SIGN UP

Want to take on the beans and help end hunger? It all starts here.

STEP 2 Bean team... assemble!

Mean Bean Team Assemble

Beaners are better together. Share your challenge and invite your friends to sign up too. The Mean Bean Challenge is easier (and more fun) with others.

Mean Bean Team Assemble
Mean Bean Fundraising

STEP 3 START FUNDRAISING!

When you sign up, you’ll be allocated a JustGiving fundraising page. Personalise your page to make more money. How about adding a photo? Make sure you also explain what you’re doing and why. Then share your inspirational page far and wide. Want a printed sponsorship form? Find one in our resources section.

Get Set

STEP 4 BEAN PREPARED

You’ll be eating plain porridge for breakfast, and plain rice and beans for lunch and dinner, so stock up now on vital ingredients (namely rice, beans and oats). The recommended amounts are a little further on. Any questions? Check out our FAQs page.

STEP 5 RESOURCE YOURSELF

We’ve got some awesome resources to help you fundraise – like sponsorship forms and Facebook profile images.

Get Set
Get Set

STEP 6 POWER UP

Embrace the beans – they’ll be your means of survival for the next five days. Remember, you’re doing this for Ruth – and others like her. When hunger strikes – pray, and spur yourself on with rewards for hitting your goals.

STEP 7 IN IT TOGETHER

Join our Mean Beaner Facebook community and use the hashtag #MeanBeanChallenge to tell us how you’re doing. We’ll post daily encouragement, along with useful hints and tips.

STEP 8 FINISH WELL

We’ll finish the challenge together. Mark the occasion with the food you’ve missed the most (but take it easy). You could also join with others who’ve been doing the challenge and pray together for people like Ruth.

The all-important quantities

As a minimum, we'd recommend:

The all-important quantities

As a minimum, we'd recommend:

Breakfast:

100g porridge, made with water

Lunch:

50g rice with 100g beans

Dinner:

50g rice with 100g beans

This amounts to approx 990 calories per day. NB: Weights referred to are for uncooked rice and drained beans. For more, see our nutrition advice.

Eat Beans. Help end hunger.

Mean Bean Challenge

Eat Beans. Help end hunger.