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 with 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 during February and March. Within this period, you can set your personal participation time frame.

In Ireland, donations can be made via credit/debit card or PayPal.

Daily school meals for children in our programme countries.

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 Ireland was incorporated in 2006 and registered as a charity in 2005.

Questions about Mary’s Meals

Our vision is that every child receives a daily meal at school and that those who have more than they need share with those who lack even the most basic things.
This vision connects people all over the world. In many countries in Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada, volunteers help to raise awareness of Mary’s Meals and to collect donations.

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

Our school feeding programmes are closely monitored by our school feeding officers and our partner organisations, providing the vital link between Mary’s Meals and the communities we support. These field officers are well trained in our values and know how to support reliable and effective school feeding programmes, enabling them the make sure that schools and communities have the knowledge, skills, equipment and support they need to ensure a daily meal in the place of education.

On the life-changing impact of school feeding on children cited above: Mary’s Meals is collecting long-term data from 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 organization, 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.

Mary’s Meals is committed to good stewardship of the environments we operate in. We have a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of all our activities and we are working towards the environmental sustainability of our work through continuous review of global practices. Mary’s Meals encourages the use of stoves that burn fuel as efficiently as possible. School Feeding Committees endeavour to use the minimum amount of fuel as efficiently as possible to prepare the school meal to the required quality. Mary’s Meals also supports schools and communities by training community volunteers to minimise and mitigate the environmental impact of the school feeding programme. This extends to woodlot management, briquette making, and best practices for fuel use, cooking, storage, and management. As always, we are driven by our promise to support all children in our school feeding programmes. We recognise that part of this is protecting the current environment the children live in, while also working to ensure a future environment in which these children can thrive.

In the countries and regions where Mary’s Meals is active, additional appeals for donations may be launched in the event of disasters (drought, floods, earthquakes, etc.) where special solutions can be 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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