MORE than 50,000 meals have been donated and packed in Coventry ready to be distributed to starving families across the world.
More than 300 volunteers came together at King Henry VIII School on Warwick Road to pack 50,112 meals for the Tackling Hunger project.
In just one day, all donations from many different charities, organisations and schools were combined to form a huge donation to the project.
Organisers say around 815million people in the world don’t get the food they need for a healthy life, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
The Trussell Trust, which has 400 food banks around the UK, also revealed it provided nearly 1.3 million food parcels to starving people in Britain last year.
The challenge was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kenilworth and Leamington Spa Regency along with Rise Against Hunger which co-ordinates the distribution of aid, The Trussell Trust and King Henry VIII School.
Around 250 kilos of food was also donated to the Trussell Trust, while volunteers also donated £1,000 to the food bank for equipment to support their work.
Meals packed on the day were made up of ingredients such as lentils, maze, rice and hydration sachets.
Jonathan Miller is the president of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and co-led on the organisation of the Tackling Hunger event.
He said: “To have made up 50,000 meals is a brilliant effort, so I’d like to say a big thank you to every single volunteer who came along on the day.
“It was fantastic to see so many generations and organisations coming together to help make a difference at a time when the number of people accessing food banks is on the rise.
“The day was a good opportunity to raise awareness of just how many people are going hungry, and will hopefully inspire everybody who attended on the day to help with similar events in the future.
“Such was the success of this event we are already planning to hold another event next year, so watch this space.”