The new costs of feeding a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year have been confirmed for 2012.
We have been able to keep the costs of providing Mary’s Meals low with the average global cost for this year being just £10.70.
This has increased by £1.30 compared to last year largely due to rising food costs and unprecedentedly high fuel prices which have had a significant impact on transport costs.
In Malawi, where we are now feeding over half a million children, the cost for us to provide Mary’s Meals for an entire school year is £7.
Despite some fluctuations in food costs in the region, we have kept our spending low as the growing volume of hungry children we feed has enabled us to become more cost-effective. We continue to save money in Malawi, and across all our projects, because we obtain resources locally and rely on the input of volunteers.
We work extremely hard to keep our overhead costs low and remain committed to ensuring at least 93 pence of every £1 that is donated goes on our charitable work.