The public is invited to participate in the Mary’s Meal’s 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, May 11, at 9 am, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1350 Lyndhurst Drive in Hiawatha, to help raise funds for Mary's Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a nonprofit that raises funds to provide students in 18 developing countries with school lunches. For less than $20, one student can eat a nutritious school lunch for an entire school year.
According to race coordinator, Chelsea Schultz, not only do the funds allow a young person to eat a nutritious meal, it also gives them the opportunity to learn, too.
“Most families in these countries are so poor they have a difficult time feeding their children. With the help of Mary’s Meals, they can send their children to school to learn, and to eat.”
Mary's Meals buys most of the crops in the community where they are feeding children, which in turn helps their economy, according to Schultz. Many of the workers who grow the crops and prepare the meals are members of the communities, as well.
Schultz, along with her sister Annie Meyer, and a neighbor, Angie Hadley, organized the run last year. It was such a success they wanted to make it an annual event. Schultz said she got the idea when she heard Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, speak at an event three years ago.
“I was inspired by his passion for the children,” she said. “For Lent that year, I decided to donate $20 to Mary’s Meal so a student could eat for a year. I told my friends and family about it, and they wanted to donate, too. That’s when I got the idea for a 5K.”
For more information on Mary’s Meals, visit marysmealsusa.org or the event’s Facebook page.