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An update on our shops

Daniel Adams, executive director of Mary’s Meals, explains why we are closing our six charity shops and warehouse.

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After much deep consideration, we have taken the very difficult decision to close our six charity shops and warehouse.

In recent years there has been a steady decline of income from our shops – while the cost of operating them has continued to increase. This means that sadly the shops are no longer a viable source of income.

Every day, more than 2.4 million children eat Mary’s Meals at school. We are always guided by good stewardship and ensuring that we can continue to feed these little ones – whilst striving to reach the next hungry child.

We are so grateful for the dedication of our shop and warehouse staff and volunteers to growing Mary’s Meals within their local communities. Our expectation is that the shops will stay open until the end of September, and we will keep the local communities updated as our plans progress.

We hope people in these communities will continue to support us in any way they can – their generosity is helping to feed desperately hungry children in the world’s poorest countries and, at a time when we are responding to the devastating earthquake in Syria, it has never been more needed.

Child in class in Kenya

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