Mary's Meals

Nonprofit Organization

Mary's Meals sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.


Our idea is a simple one that works. We provide one daily meal in a place of education in order to attract chronically hungry children into a classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Mary's Meals began by feeding 200 children in Malawi. Today we feed more than one million hungry children every day.

In addition to our school feeding projects, which are very much the core of our work, Mary's Meals also supports a home for HIV-positive young adults - who were abandoned as children - in Romania.

Our work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her child in poverty. We consist of, we respect and we reach out to people of all faiths and none.

The average worldwide cost for us to feed a child for a whole school year is just £13.90/€15.60/$19.50. Wherever possible, Mary's Meals uses locally grown food to support the local economy. We work hard to keep our running costs low and to ensure that at least 93 percent of donations go on our charitable work. This is only possible since most of our work is done by an army of volunteers.

With 300 million chronically hungry children in the world, our work is just beginning.