From now up until the 28th of December, we're delighted to announce that we plan to donate £1 of every sale through our website to Mary's Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities, where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
They provide one daily meal in a place of learning in order to attract chronically hungry children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
The Mary’s Meals campaign was born in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDs. When Magnus asked her eldest son Edward what his dreams were in life, he replied simply: "I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day."
That moment was a key part of the inspiration leading to the founding of Mary’s Meals, which began by feeding just 200 children at a Malawian primary school in 2002. Today, thirteen years on, we are reaching more than 989,000 children with a nutritious daily meal in places of learning across five continents.
- The average worldwide cost for us to feed a child for a whole school year is just £12.20 (€14.40 / $19.50).
- Mary’s Meals is currently feeding in 1,343 schools, across 12 countries
- Mary’s Meals works hard to keep running costs low to ensure that AT LEAST 93p of every £1 donated to us is spent directly on our charitable work. This is only possible because most of our work is done by an army of volunteers.
- The school feeding programmes Mary’s Meals sets up are community-run and require absolute dedication from the local volunteers who collect firewood and manage the school kitchen, as well as preparing and serving the daily meal to the children.
- Wherever possible, Mary's Meals uses locally-grown food to support the local economy, favouring producers who support smallholder farmers.
There are 300 million chronically hungry children in the world. Around 57 million of these children are out of school. beginning.
To find out more, visit www.marysmeals.org.