Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Move for Meals

  1. Choose a type of exercise that you enjoy: going for a walk, jogging through the forest, walking the dog, cycling to work or rushing to the daycare centre ... whether you want to be active on your own, join an already registered (virtual) team or motivate like-minded people yourself - with Move for Meals there are no limits to your imagination.
  2. Register for free with Move for Meals.
  3. Set yourself a realistic goal: this can be a certain period of time, a set distance or a donation amount.
  4. Invite someone to sponsor you or sponsor yourself. Ask your sponsor to set a fixed amount or an amount per kilometre, or set it for yourself.
  5. Count your kilometres and record them regularly.
  6. When you reach a goal, your sponsors will be notified and can donate the previously set amount.

Move for Meals is compatible with the fitness tracker app by Strava, which you can connect to your Move for Meals account. This will automatically add all future kilometres recorded via the app to your Challenge. To connect your account, click "Add kilometres" in the dashboard, then click "Connect whit Strava" and follow the instructions.

Yes, be it climbing stairs, jumping on the trampoline, doing sit-ups or anything else: Define which training session is roughly equivalent to one kilometre of running.

Register your team and set the goals for your team as an administrator. Then invite family, friends or colleagues via the "Invite members" function.

Register your company as a team and set the goals for your team as an administrator. Then invite your employees via the "Invite members" function.

The campaign runs from May until the end of July. Within this period, you can set your personal participation time frame.

In Germany, donations can be made via SEPA direct debit, credit card or PayPal.

The daily school meals at Mthawira Primary School in Malawi, which is attended by 1,003 children, have already been financed for one year. All further donations will be used for other schools in Malawi.

The work of Mary’s Meals is based on donations. Through our self-commitment to keep all costs as low as possible, at least 93% of all donations flow directly into the projects.
Mary’s Meals Deutschland e. V. was founded in 2004, is a registered association (Amtsgericht Mainz, VR 40583) and recognised as a charitable body. For donation receipts, please state your exact address. For donations up to 200€, please submit your bank statement.

Questions about Mary’s Meals

Our vision is that every child receives a meal at school every day and that those who have more than they need share with those who lack even the basic necessities of life.
This vision connects people all over the world. In many countries in Europe, Australia and the USA, volunteers in particular help to make Mary’s Meals better known and to collect donations.

Ethiopia, Benin, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Myanmar, Niger, Romania, Zambia, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand and Uganda.

School Officers employed by Mary’s Meals visit the schools unannounced two-three times a week. They check stock levels, student attendance and the punctuality of volunteers, teachers and children. The food is delivered directly to the schools. The amount of food is based on the number of pupils.
The concept is designed to be very easy to adopt independently. MM works with the aim of withdrawing when countries (governments) or communities are able to take over the feeding programme.

On the life-changing impact of school feeding on children cited above: Mary’s Meals is collecting long-term analysis in Malawi, Zambia and Liberia on the impact of school feeding on the lives of vulnerable children and their communities. The findings, verified by INTRAC, an external research organisation, are based on interviews with children, teachers, parents, guardians and volunteers over several years. They compare studies at schools with Mary’s Meals with schools where meals are not yet provided.

Ecologically sustainable where possible: energy-efficient stoves that require only a small amount of firewood, produce less smoke and therefore emit less carbon (e.g. in Malawi and Zambia). To avoid deforestation of the surrounding forests, dedicated forest plots are created on school grounds and the consumption of firewood is monitored (e.g. in Malawi and Zambia) In some areas, school gardens are created (e.g. Kenya). Long-term: New project countries, areas and schools are only included in the programme when it is certain that funding is secured for all schools that have been supported so far, as well as for the new ones to be included. The amount of 18.30 € per child and school year includes, apart from the pure food: Transport, everything needed for preparation, monitoring, etc.

In the countries and regions where Mary’s Meals is active, additional targeted appeals for donations are launched in the event of sudden disasters (drought, floods, earthquakes, etc.) and special solutions are developed.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed in all project countries. The local staff quickly found safe ways to continue providing food for the children.

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