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How Mary’s Meals works

Mary’s Meals provides daily meals to chronically hungry children in a place of learning. In this way the hungry child is attracted to the classroom where they can gain a better future for themselves and their community.

Mary’s Meals – a simple idea
In a world where there is enough food for everybody, hunger is still the biggest threat to health. Children are particularly vulnerable – there are 300 million chronically hungry children in the world.

Hunger kills millions of them each year. It also stunts their growth – and their dreams. Hungry children think about survival, not about going to school – around 57 million of the world’s hungriest children do not attend school.

Instead, in order to survive, they have to work whether in the fields or on the streets. Even if they do make it into the classroom, hunger will affect their ability to learn.

Mary’s Meals has a simple ethos. We deliver food and hope.

By providing one good meal to hungry, impoverished children every school day, we are filling their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, which can be their escape route out of poverty in later life.

The work of our monitors is absolutely vital to the efficient delivery of the Mary’s Meals school feeding programmes. Monitors not only ensure the precious ingredients provided by Mary’s Meals are being used correctly to provide hot meals for each school’s pupils, they are on hand to support the community volunteers and encourage them through other issues they might be facing.

Daily attendance improves
Poor children are more likely to fall ill or be needed by their families for chores and so they often miss a lot of school. Mary’s Meals brings children to the classroom every day.

Concentration improves
Mary’s Meals removes the gnawing pain of hunger, leaving children free to turn their attention to class work.

Education of girls is encouraged
Girls from poor backgrounds are more likely to miss out on school than boys. Poor families often expect girls to help in the household. Mary’s Meals helps girls attend school and realize their full potential.

Better grades are achieved
Mary’s Meals provides the conditions necessary for learning and so improves pupils’ performance.

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