MORE than 50,000 meals have been donated and packed ready to be distributed to starving families across the world.
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 in Coventry.
Some 300 volunteers came together at the school to pack the meals – including lentils, maze, rice and hydration sachets – for the Tackling Hunger project.
Kenilworth Rotary Club president Jonathan Miller, president of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth, : “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.”
Around 815million people worldwide do not 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 foodbanks around the UK, also provided nearly 1.3 million food parcels to families in Britain last year.