World Porridge Day

10 October 2016

On World Porridge Day – 10 October – you can bring a smile to a hungry child… with porridge!

Mary’s Meals provides daily meals to more than 1.1 million of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.
In Malawi – where we have our largest school feeding programme – the children receive a nutritious mug of maize porridge (likuni phala) every school day.

World Porridge Day celebrates the huge difference this daily mug of porridge makes to the lives of chronically hungry children. 

Send us your #PorridgeSmiles

This year, we’ve teamed up with Stoats and we want you and your friends to create porridge smiles using tasty toppings and share the best pictures on social media using #PorridgeSmiles or email us for a chance to see your porridge picture in our hall of fame!

Step one

Create your porridge smile using tasty toppings

Step two

Text 'OATS16 £2' to 70070 to provide a hungry child with school meals for a month

Step three

Post a picture of your porridge smile to Twitter/Instagram/Facebook using the hashtag #PorridgeSmiles

Host a porridge breakfast

Why not host a porridge breakfast on World Porridge Day, Monday, 10 October? Get together with friends, family or colleagues and enjoy a bowl of porridge in return for a donation to Mary’s Meals.

To get involved, request your free World Porridge Day pack (UK only), which includes our top tips for setting up your porridge breakfast, a poster to publicise your event, a collection box for donations on the day, and a porridge-themed game to keep your guests entertained!


OR CALL 0800 698 1212.

World Porridge Day Partners

Stocking up on tasty porridge? Stoats is the 2016 World Porridge Day partner and will be donating 20% of all online porridge sales to Mary’s Meals between 1 September and 31 October 2016.
Order your Stoats porridge online

Daily porridge means Shazia can learn!

For seven-year old Shazia, a daily mug of maize porridge (likuni phala) is life-changing. Shazia is an orphan, living in a small hut in Malawi with six of her siblings and cousins, curling up to sleep every night on a concrete floor.
But Shazia has been given hope for a bright future. The Mary’s Meals feeding programme at her school means that she can learn, eat and play alongside her friends. Every school day, Shazia completes her sums on the blackboard, practises her reading, plays skipping games with her classmates and tucks into her favourite food – porridge!

“I go to school every day. I love porridge!” – Shazia.