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A week of celebrations for charity Mary’s Meals

Mary's Meals is being honoured for its work feeding hungry children in the world’s poorest countries

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Mary’s Meals received news of two prestigious awards last week.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, was named as one of 10 distinguished individuals who will be recognised with honorary degrees from the University of Strathclyde. 

And the following day, it was announced that Mary’s Meals will receive the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord for its “exemplary dedication to alleviating some of the most pressing problems in today’s world.”  

News of this important award took the charity by surprise – as did the letter of congratulations it received from H.M. King Felipe of Spain! 

Magnus says: “We are deeply honoured and grateful to be chosen for this hugely prestigious award. We will be happy to accept it on behalf of all those people who are working with Mary’s Meals all over the world to ensure that every child in this world might receive a daily meal in their place of education.”

Mary's Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow standing in front of Mary's Meals sign

The Princess of Asturias jury commended Mary’s Meals on its low-cost model, which means we can feed a child every day for a full school year for just £19.15.  

These awards are granted to individuals and organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. Actor Meryl Streep is also being honoured as part of the 2023 programme. 

Karen Gray, director of communications at Mary’s Meals, says: “It is a very wonderful thing to receive news of these two special accolades – and both in the same week!  

“At Mary’s Meals, our focus is always on the hungry child. Every day, we reach more that 2.4 million littles ones with a nutritious meal at school. But with 67 million primary school-age children out of school around the world, we know there is so much more we can do. 

“It costs just £19.15 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals every day for a school year. If you can, please donate today. Together, we can reach the next hungry child waiting.” 

Smiling girl with mug and queue of children waiting to be served Mary's Meals behind her

It costs just £19.15 to feed a child for an entire school year.