Solid Rock International

Rice & Beans Challenge 2016

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Solid Rock International is inviting everyone to participate in our 5th Annual Rice & Beans Challenge. We will commit to eating rice and beans for seven days in an effort to raise money for the Child Nutrition Program, as well as experience a small taste of poverty.


We invite everyone, young and old, to consider taking part in this challenge.  Friends, families, church groups, youth groups, co-workers, and strangers – Help us spread the word!


In your own home!  Join in with other Solid Rock supporters who choose to dine-in and eat rice and beans in an effort to provide for and better understand the life of those who eat that way every day.


August 21-27, 2016


The measurable goal of this year’s challenge is to raise money for milk for the children in the Child Nutrition Program through the donation of money saved on food costs during the week of rice and beans.  However, by actually participating in the challenge and eating rice and beans for seven days, you will also have the opportunity to have a very small taste of poverty.  Just a glimpse, really, but we pray that eyes will be opened and hearts will be changed as together we make this sacrifice.

In addition to the medical care, health education, and vitamins that children receive on a monthly basis, the Child Nutrition Program provides each child with fortified powdered milk. This adds a much needed source of protein, fat, calcium, and iron to their diets.  It costs $240 to provide a year’s worth of milk for one child.

Join with us to meet our goal of raising $12,000 to provide 50 children with milk for a year! 

We also hope to learn and grow as we experience the boredom, hunger, and scarcity that a large majority of our world deals with every single day.  The immeasurable goal is the bond we hope to create with our brothers and sisters living in poverty as we strive to connect, understand, and better serve those in need.


Let’s talk about details.  Eating rice and beans is cheap, $1.50/ day-per-person-cheap.  This price includes all oil, seasonings, and small amount of vegetables needed to prepare two average sized meals of rice and beans, as well as one piece of plain bread for breakfast.  Many women with children in the Child Nutrition Program do not have enough money to purchase delicacies such as meat, so eating this way for seven days will cost you a grand total of $10.50.  To calculate your donation to the Child Nutrition Program at the end of the challenge, subtract the $10.50 from your average weekly individual food cost.   The money you save will go to support the malnourished infants and children in our life-saving program.

Rice & Beans + Slice of Bread = $1.50/day for 7 days = $10.50/ week

Your typical $ spent on 1 week of meals – $10.50 = Amount saved & donated to the Child Nutrition Program

Are there other ways to do the Rice & Beans Challenge?

You can participate in a way that works for you!

That might mean you calculate the money you’d save and donate it to the Child Nutrition Program, but you choose to eat just one meal of rice and beans per day.  Or perhaps you participate for three days instead of seven.  Or you could host a Rice & Beans dinner and invite friends and family to make a donation.  The choice is yours, and we are so thankful you are joining us on any level!

Host a Feast

Host a Rice & Beans Feast to get others involved in the challenge!  We are counting on our supporters to help us spread the word and get as many involved as possible!  Invite your friends over for a meal where you can talk about Solid Rock International, show videos and information on the Child Nutrition Program from our website, and talk about your own experience in the Dominican Republic.  Enlisting the support of friends is a great way to stay accountable and deepen relationships as you take on the challenge together!


Not sure how to make rice and beans? No problem! You can watch the videos below or click here for a printable recipe booklet.

 How to Cook Rice


  • 4 C white rice
  • 5 C water
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T salt

In a bowl, look through rice and remove any foreign objects.  Wash rice in cold running water, drain water, and wash a second time.  In a large pot, add water, oil, and salt and put on medium-high heat.  Add rice to pot and cover with lid.  Stir rice after 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot, then cover with lid.   Stir again after 2 minutes for about 30 seconds, scraping the bottom, then cover with lid.  Once rice is thickened to a porridge texture, stir again, reduce heat to low, and cover with lid.  Rice will be ready in 10-20 minutes.

How to Cook Beans


  • 2 C pinto beans
  • 1/2 C chopped red onions
  • 8 C water
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t seasoning salt
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • black pepper to taste
Put water and beans in a pot on medium heat.  While water comes to a boil, add onions and oil to a frying pan on medium-high heat.  Bring oil to a simmer and stir onions to cook evenly.  Add salt, garlic powder, and the chicken bouillon cube (crush cube) and mix well.  Remove pan from heat and add to pot of boiling beans.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt.  Put lid on pot, reduce heat, and simmer.  Stir every 45 minutes and cook 2-3 hours until beans reach desired thickness.

Daily Inspiration

Various staff members and volunteers have written a daily devotional to use as you participate in the challenge. Stay tuned to our Inspiration page throughout the week of the challenge.


  • Prepare meals from scratch (recipes below).  In the DR, the poor do not have access to instant rice or canned beans, and therefore spend a good deal of their time cooking their food.
  • Soak and rinse beans to avoid flatulence 🙂
  • Keep meals small to average size, avoiding excess
  • Prepare ahead of time, eating well the week before
  • Check your mindset and attitude, participate for the right reasons
  • Keep a journal or blog about your experience each day and share it with friends and family.  Feel free to post a link on the SRI Facebook page!
  • Use wisdom if at any time you feel ill and need to drop out.  This is not meant to hurt or damage you!

Thank you for participation!

Challenge complete?  Donate your savings to the Child Nutrition Program HERE!  Or send a check to:

PO Box 20867
Indianapolis, IN 46220

And, we’d love to hear from you! Send stories or pictures to: