Mary’s Meals is an organization founded by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow that promotes the end of world hunger while supporting education. The organization constructs a kitchen adjacent to schools in countries like Malawi where children suffer from lack of proper nutrition. By offering porridge to the children during lunch at schools, it encourages the children to get an education and succeed while being fed. For $11,000, a kitchen can be built to feed the children of Malawi.
McKinney North High School Student Council aims to aid in the construction in one of these kitchens in Malawi through fundraising. The students of McKinney North began “The Malawi Project” through its hosting of a World Porridge Day event on October 10, 2011 in the cafeteria where students had the opportunity to sit on the floor and eat porridge to emulate the experience of the children of these nations. Student Council collected donations and showed videos to raise awareness for the situation.
The students of North have only propelled the project further; they begun a fundraiser of leather bracelets that proclaim “A Simple Solution.” This slogan highlights the small ways with which a big problem, such as world hunger, can be removed. The bracelets are available for $10 and t-shirts will be available for $11. Both are available through the McKinney North Student Council and all proceeds help the fund for the construction of a kitchen in Malawi.
On April 16, 2012, Mr. MacFarlane-Barrow granted McKinney North the opportunity for him to speak at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The program begins at 6:30 PM, admission is free and there is a short dessert reception to follow. Donations will be greatly appreciated, with all the proceeds supporting MNHS Malawi Project and the end of the cycle of poverty.
By purchasing one t-shirt or one bracelet, you are supporting a child for an entire year.