Mary’s Meals is a charity that runs school feeding programmes in some of the poorest communities in the world, where poverty and hunger prevent children from getting an education. Instead of going to school, they work in fields, beg on street corners or dig through rubbish to survive. A daily school meal is a strong incentive for these children to attend classes. (Only) education can pave the way to a better future.
Mary’s Meals was founded in 2002 by Scotsman Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and currently feeds 1,838,859 children in 19 countries on five continents.
The average cost of providing a child with food each school day is only 18.30 euros per school year.
We keep our running costs as low as possible to ensure that at least 93% of donations go directly to our charitable activities.
Our work is based on great volunteer commitment - here and on site. In the project countries, volunteers take care of the organisation, cooking and serving of meals. In Malawi alone, our largest project country, where we reach over 30% of all primary school children, there are over 80,000 volunteers, mostly mothers and fathers of the children.
School feeding has a life-changing impact on children
Helping people to help themselves - Sustainable impact
We are convinced that the children who receive Mary’s Meals today will grow up healthy and educated, and will one day help their communities and village communities overcome poverty so that they will no longer need aid. We call the generation of these children "Generation Hope".