Following the serious difficulties inherent to the global COVID-19 lockdown, charity Migrate Art launched Masks for Meals, a clever project that benefited the Refugee Community Kitchen, by raising £30,000 to supply hot meals for the UK’s homeless. Partnering with twelve major contemporary artists and illustrators to create limited-edition re-usable, reversible face masks, the campaign was a huge success. The first release of masks featured designs by artists including Camille Walala, Kai & Sunny, Helen Beard, Miaz Brothers, Mike Perry and Richard Woods.
“The response to Masks for Meals has been amazing – we have passed both our initial £10,000, and £20,000 targets. We have already raised enough to fund over 30,000 hot meals for the UK’s homeless, which is an incredible achievement. We are so grateful that such a large number of people joined us in this mission. The market has changed dramatically since we first launched. The government made face masks compulsory on public transport, which has meant all the big brands have started producing masks with only their profit numbers in mind. It is a shame they chose not to use this opportunity for good. However, we have also seen an increase in masks for charitable causes, and we are proud to be have been early contributors to this movement.” – Simon Butler, founder, Migrate Art.
Since its inception, Migrate Art has raised funds for charity partners, which work on projects that offer food, shelter, education and psychological support to tens of thousands of displaced people in the UK, France, Greece and Iraq.