More than 700 MILLION people in the world live in extreme poverty. We can change that.

Fast on $2.

Donate the change.

We challenge you to choose days to participate during our month of fasting: Fast on $2 for a meal or a full day and donate what you would usuall spend on food towards our campaign.

Fast on $2.

Donate the change.

We challenge you to choose days to participate during our month of fasting: Fast on $2 for a meal or a full day and donate what you would usuall spend on food towards our campaign.

What is Fast2Change?

Fast2Change is our annual Lenten awareness campaign to bring attention to extreme hunger. Any proceeds raised go towards helping our scholars and their families stay fed, especially as we deal with the COVID pandemic. All of our scholars come from families who work and live in garbage dump communities around the world.

Why $2?

$2 is the United Nation’s line for international extreme poverty. Our scholars’ families live on $2 or less.

In 2021, Fast2Change runs from March 1st to 26th.  

Each week of the campaign, we’re issuing a new weekly challenge. Participate all month with us and take on all of our weekly challenges, or mix and match your fast experience by picking which weeks/days you want to participate. The choice is yours!

Do I need to RSVP?

If you’re participating with large group, such as a school or a church, and/or you would like to request a private feast (explained below), we ask that you RSVP. Our deadline to RSVP is February 19th, 2021.

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Offer Immediate Relief

For just $100, you can fund a food basket that feeds a family for a month.

Fast2Change Resources

Navigate left or right to access the resources we’ve created for participants.

$2 Meal Ideas

Want to do the fast but don’t know how to make a meal on $2? We can help! We’ve put together some recipe ideas, along with a list of commonly purchased items and their prices.

Lesson Plan

We created a high school level lesson plan for our partners to learn about what a typical meal looks like. Download it here!

Reflections on Hunger

Add a little more thought into your fast with these reflections that we curated. This version is designed to be accessable to everyone.

Catholic Reflections on Hunger

Add a little more thought into your fast with these reflections that we curated. This version is designed specifically for our catholic partners and supporters.

2021 Weekly Challenges

March 1-5: What’s in Their Wallet?

Those who have traveled with us before will recognize this one: For the first week of the fast, we’re going to be doing a virtual version of our Service Immersion Microeconomics activity, where we challenge you go shopping (for food) on two dollars a day and donate what you would usually spend on groceries to our cause. Like on our service immersions, we’ll be doing the simulation for a full week of meals, but you can also do the simulation for a day or a few days of the week.

 

 

March 8-12: Caffeine Detox

Whether it’s Starbucks, Biggby’s, Tim Hortons, your favorite local cafe, or our favorite blend we got with our groceries, most of us love starting our morning with our favorite cup of coffee. But the reality for our scholars is that luxuries like coffee are a nearly unheard of treat. This week, we challenge you to pick a day (or do the whole week!) without your favorite drink of choice, and donate what you would usually spend on your morning coffee to supporting a scholar.

 

 

March 15-19: Can You Go Without Grubhub?

During the pandemic, a lot of us have grown pretty dependant on Grubhub, Doordash, and other food delivery options that allow us to keep sheltering in place. But what if eating food from a restaurant was something you’ve only had the opportunity to do a couple times in your life, if that? We challenge you to go this week without eating out — and donate what you would usually spend at restaurants to help feed a scholar’s family.

 

 

March 22-26: Subscribe to a Scholar

How much does your family spend on subscriptions in a month? Between media subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu or lifestyle subscriptions like monthly boxes, passes, and magazines, subscription culture is a way of life. But what if you lived somewhere where those things might as well not exist? While you can’t exactly go and cancel all of your subscriptions for a week, we challenge you to find out how much you’re spending on subs each month, week, and day. If your family donated what you spend per week in subscriptions, how much of a scholarship could you fund?

 

 

Late March-Beyond: From Fast to Feast

Time to celebrate. Near the end of our month of fasting, our organization is holding a series of celebratory feasts for our current scholars to celebrate the end of Lenten Season. We invite those who participated in Fast2Change to virtually feast with our scholars, where you can meet and talk to the students your aid has helped support.

Want to participate but our scheduled feasts don’t match your calendar? Contact us about a private feast with our staff or scholars.

 

interested?

RSVP or learn more by contacting our international partnerships coordinator, sarah, using the form below.

interested?

RSVP or learn more by contacting our international partnerships coordinator, sarah, using the form below.

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About Us

International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.

info@intsam.org

(734) 222-0701

803 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: Closed