Volunteers needed to help feed hungry children
Mary’s Meals is appealing for people to give their time this Volunteers’ Week
Mary's Meals is highlighting the impact people can make by donating their time and skills, this Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7).
The charity’s work is only made possible by the dedication of volunteers across the globe, including people in the UK who raise awareness by organising fundraising events, helping with bucket collections or by distributing promotional materials and giving talks in local communities.
Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement manager at Mary’s Meals, says: “Our work simply wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers. From the people here in the UK who raise awareness of our mission, to those in the countries where we work who cook and serve our school meals – our volunteers are the bedrock of everything we do to feed hungry children in some of the world’s poorest communities.
“Rising food and fuel prices, conflict and natural disaster have made it an incredibly challenging time for us and the vulnerable children we feed. However, in difficult moments, we are given energy and hope by our fantastic family of volunteers who give their precious time and skills to support us.
“We would love to welcome more volunteers to help us reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.”
It costs Mary’s Meals just £19.15 to feed a hungry child for an entire school year.
The charity is bringing hope to children like seven-year-old Sam, who goes to school in Zambia, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Despite immense challenges, he is determined to keep attending classes thanks to the promise of a daily school meal.
He says: “The first time I eat is at school when we have porridge. I like the porridge. It’s nice because I get a full cup.”
Mary’s Meals is also seeking volunteers to become church representatives to help spread more awareness of its work.
Fran Lawson, supporter engagement officer at Mary’s Meals, says: “I work with some wonderful volunteers and their dedication inspires me every day.
“We are currently looking to build a network of church representatives across the country. Church representatives play a key role in raising awareness of Mary’s Meals and growing our support to help us to reach more hungry children.
“No matter how you decide to volunteer, our local groups will welcome you with open arms as you help to spread the word about Mary’s Meals in the local community.”
Responsibilities for the church representative role include sharing leaflets and information with the parish community at key points in the year and arranging for updates on the work of Mary’s Meals to be shared, for example, in parish newsletters or bulletins.
For more information about volunteering opportunities with Mary’s Meals please visit marysmeals.org.uk/volunteer.