It's Big Curry month at RIFT Refunds! If you aren't already involved, or don't even know what it's all about, Big Curry fundraisers are a great way to support our military. Proceeds go to our partners, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, offering a hand up to MOD families in need. We're running our event on the 27th of October, but there's really no bad time to get involved and run your own.

To kick off Big Curry Month in style, we thought we'd take a quick look at the diets of soldiers around the world. It takes anything from 3,750 to 6,550 calories per day to keep a military body moving. Let's crack open a few ration packs and see where that energy's coming from:

United Kingdom

A typical British ration pack sticks to the classics we know and love. We're talking pork and beans for breakfast, a chicken tikka or hearty hotpot for a main course and something sweet for dessert. It's good, solid food. Nothing too flashy, but it'll stick to your ribs. You'll find plenty of tea and coffee, of course, along with a variety of snacks to keep you going.

United States of America

Another solid selection here. Poppy seed pound cakes and vegetarian pasta dishes are backed up by spiced apple cider sachets, peanut butter and crackers. Non-food supplies include like ingenious flameless heaters, matches and toilet paper.


German rations are often packed with things like potted meats, goulash and a kind of canned bread called Roggenschrobit. You might also find some jams for breakfast and surprisingly delicate snacks items like biscotti. A slab of chocolate rounds out a typical package, along with chewing gum and water purifying tablets.


French cuisine is world-renowned, and their ration packs do a decent job of keeping up tradition. You might find interesting options like a venison pâté in there, along with a meat-and-beans cassoulet or duck confit. A rich chocolate pudding for dessert helps keep the all-important calorie count up. Breakfast can be a little lighter, though, with muesli offering slow-burning energy for the day ahead.


If you were hunting for a hamburger in the US ration pack, you'll have to look a little further north to find one. A typical Canadian pack features a burger in a bun as its centrepiece, although you might spot a salmon fillet in its place. Bean salads are a popular side dish, and the packs are filled out with peanut butter candy, tea and a powdered fruit drink.

Tax Refunds for Meals Expenses

Of course, you don't have to be a serving soldier to keep a close eye on what you're eating. You're probably looking at about £90,000 spent on food over your working life. If you're not careful, though, you could find yourself overfeeding the taxman. Spending £10 per day on food at work means you could be missing out on £480 of tax refund money a year!

ABF The Soldiers' Charity is about helping former and serving MOD personnel to tackle crises in their lives and families. Big Curry Fundraisers can play a vital part in that mission, whether from selling tickets, running raffles or taking donations. Take a look at the charity's website to get your start-up pack.

While you're at it, check our Tax Refund Calculator to see if you're owed a tax rebate for your meals at work.