A craft club has helped to launch a charity campaign which aims to feed one million hungry children every day.
Mary’s Meals launched the Make it a Million campaign to raise awareness of its school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The charity currently reaches more than 989,000 impoverished children with a nutritious meal in their place of education every day they attend school.
Mary’s Meals supporters from Sherwood House retirement housing craft club are now encouraging people in Hastings to join the campaign and help the charity reach its first million children with a life-changing daily meal.
By providing food in a place of education, Mary’s Meals attracts hungry children into the classroom where they can learn, thrive, and work towards a more positive future.
It costs just £12.20 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year and the charity works across five continents, supporting children in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The twelve-strong craft club first became involved with Mary’s Meals last year, when they donated school supplies to the charity’s Backpack Project — an initiative that allows supporters to send a backpack filled with educational and hygiene items to a child receiving Mary’s Meals.
The ladies meet every week and also keep themselves busy creating blankets for animal charities and clothes for premature babies born at the Conquest Hospital.
Jean Moran, who started the craft club, said: “When I saw an article about Mary’s Meals in a woman’s magazine, I thought it was such a worthwhile charity to be involved with.
“By providing a child with a backpack full of items for school, we are helping them to work hard at school, where they will also be fed.
“The ladies in our craft group were more than happy to join me in this venture.
“We have sent 20 backpacks so far, with 16 more ready for despatch.”
For more information, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk or follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook by searching #makeitamillion.