The bags of rice and grain are a central part of the precious meals we provide to millions of children across the globe each school day. Even after the meals are served, however, it's not the end of the life cycle for the bag material.

Back to all stories | Posted on 11/17/21 in Blog

Volunteers, children and staff have found countless ways to creatively repurpose materials. When weather permits, some use the bags as makeshift pots to grow vegetables. Others stuff the bags with rags, sew the pieces together, and use them as cushions. Children have even used the bags to create sturdy covers for their school notebooks.

And it’s not just rice bags that are repurposed. Cooking oil drums have become hand-washing buckets and one was even upcycled into a guitar!

Ansu Kanneh, a school feeding officer in Bomi County, Liberia, is always looking for new ways to make the most of these materials. Here he is with his latest creation, a cross-body bag, which he uses at the local market. It's strong, stylish and a great way to share the Mary’s Meals message with everyone he meets.