Donate Your Dinner

The value of your meal could save a life

Together we can break the silence and help children in food crisis across Eastern and Southern Africa. 


Extreme weather causing a severe food crisis now risks the lives of 26 million children in Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe and surrounding countries. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s entire population not knowing where they’ll get their next meal.

This crisis has barely hit headlines - so it’s up to us to let caring Australians know there’s something they can do. It’s simple:
 

  • Upload a photo of your empty plate to social media after a meal using #DonateYourDinner.
  • ​Donate the cost of your meal to help UNICEF bring food, water and help to the children who need us most.
  • Tag three friends to let them know about the crisis and how they can help.
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Not on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter? You can still make a donation below.
90 cents of every dollar you donate to UNICEF for emergencies goes directly to humanitarian work on the ground.
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All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. ABN 35 060 581 437. Calculate your potential tax benefit here.

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Child in Ethiopia eating a therapeutic food sachet provided by UNICEF Child in Ethiopia eating a therapeutic food sachet provided by UNICEF
Child in Ethiopia eating a therapeutic food sachet provided by UNICEF

No parent should have to see their child suffer through malnutrition

With your help, they won’t have to. By donating today you can help reach children with:
 
  • Therapeutic food and life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition
  • New water points and daily deliveries of safe drinking supplies
  • Vaccinations against measles and other deadly diseases
  • Emergency education where schools have closed and children have moved in search of food
UNICEF supports children and their families wherever an emergency strikes. Together we can provide life-saving therapeutic food to children living in food crisis and give them a fair chance at a good life. 

 

FAQ About Donate Your Dinner

What is UNICEF?
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UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF is a charity that raises funds through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. We reach children in 190 countries with life-saving supplies and support and advocate to keep children safe.

UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF also responds to humanitarian emergencies.
What is Donate Your Dinner about?
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Donate Your Dinner is a small act of generosity that makes a big impact. Everyday Australians are donating the value of their dinner to bring life-saving supplies to children and families in Eastern and Southern Africa impacted by the region’s worst food crisis in decades.

Extreme weather has put 26 million children at risk of malnutrition. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s entire population. But this massive crisis has barely hit headlines here. Donate Your Dinner is a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds for these children.
What’s happening in East and Southern Africa?
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Across Eastern and Southern Africa, over 51 million people are affected by the worst drought in 50 years, caused by El Niño. Over half – 26 million – are children. That’s the equivalent of the entire Australian population going hungry.

UNICEF is targeting more than 1 million children with the deadliest kind of malnutrition. We’ll treat them with special therapeutic food and milk to bring them back to health.

No parent wants this situation for their child – they want them to grow up happy and healthy and to be educated. Parents and children here in Australia can help because the good news is - there are solutions. A little bit of help goes a long way.

Your donation will go children and their families in Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. With La Niña projected to take hold in the region in the latter part of this year, bringing rain and floods – your support can’t come soon enough.
Am I donating real food?
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When you donate the cost of your dinner, UNICEF will use those funds to bring life-saving supplies to children in East and Southern Africa, including:
  • therapeutic food and treatment for severe acute malnutrition
  • new water points and daily deliveries of safe drinking supplies
  • vaccinations against measles and other deadly diseases
  • emergency education where schools have closed and children have moved in search of food.
How does my donation make a difference?
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Donate Your Dinner is a small act of generosity that makes a big impact. By donating the value of your meal, sharing the campaign on social media and asking your friends to take part as well - you’re creating real change for children in East and Southern Africa.

A small donation can make a big difference. Just $12 can help bring a child back from the brink of malnutrition. Even children suffering from severe acute malnutrition have a 90 per cent chance of recovery if treated with the right therapeutic food.

If you get involved with Donate Your Dinner and pass it on, you can cause a ripple effect that continues to raise awareness and funds for children at this critical time.
Will I receive a receipt?
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Yes. At the end of the financial year, we will send you a statement that details all of your transactions with UNICEF for those 12 months. We send our donor receipts annually to save on our administration costs, however you can request a receipt at any time by contacting us on 1300 134 071.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
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Yes, donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
How much of my donation is spent on UNICEF’s emergency response for children?
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Everything we do at UNICEF is done with the world’s children in mind first - 90 cents of every dollar donated to UNICEF for emergencies goes directly to humanitarian work on the ground. The remaining 10 cents covers the essential fundraising and administrative costs of raising public awareness and generating more financial support toward UNICEF's emergency response.

For more information on where donations go, and where they come from, please see our 2016 Annual Report