The Backpack Project – Mary’s Meals

Our support for the Backpack Project links into UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2:   End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

In May 2017, we donated £100 to Mary’s Meals from Club funds.  In September and November 2017, Soroptimists helped 2nd Pyrford Brownies and 1st Pyrford Guides to fill 38 backpacks for Mary’s Meals.  So far we have sent a total of 139 backpacks, and donated many items to help fill backpacks


We have supported the Backpack Project – Mary’s Meals since 2012 when the then President, Elaine Evans, made it her charity for the year.We collect items that children need for school and put them into backpacks to be sent where they are needed. And when the children get to school, the Mary’s Meals Project will ensure they have something to eat.  It’s a simple but effective way to ensure that children from very poor families get some education and a better start in life.

2 members of our Club walked half the 10-mile route taken by 1st Pyrford Guides to raise money for Mary’s Meals in Spring 2017.  Members of the Club also gave £120 in sponsorship money and attended the Afternoon Tea with Music organised by the Guides in the Arbor Centre.  To date, 1st Pyrford Guides have raised over £800 for Mary’s Meals.the backpacks,” says Elaine, “and wherever possible we’ll buy things from charity shops or upcycle items we already own. It’s the Mary’s Meals way — share what you have with others, efficiently.” If you want to contribute, please contact us.

Elaine regularly gives inspiring talks about Mary’s Meals and several organisations have begun contributing to the charity as a result. For example, the Guides and Brownies in Pyrford collected and filled 38 backpacks and raised over £800 during 2017.  If you would like her to speak to your organisation, please contact us.