We began in 2002 by feeding 200 children in Malawi. We are now reaching more than two million children every school day in 20 countries around the world.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realised.
The incredible history of Mary’s Meals
Magnus and his brother Fergus were enjoying a pint in their local pub in Argyll when they saw a news report about conflict in Bosnia. After spending much of the night talking about ways to help those suffering, the brothers decided to organise a local appeal.
Magnus registers a new charity, Scottish International Relief (SIR).
SIR expands. The charity’s work includes delivering aid to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and building homes in Romania.
Mary’s Meals is born
Magnus visits Malawi and meets a dying mother, Emma, and her children. Her eldest son, Edward, tells Magnus: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.” His words help inspire the founding of Mary’s Meals.
The first school meals are served in Chipini and Chilomoni, Malawi.
We start feeding children in Liberia and India.
Our first information point opens in Medjugorje.
Mary’s Meals arrives in Kenya.
Ireland joins the Mary’s Meals family.
Children in Haiti eat Mary’s Meals for the first time.
We welcome Germany into the Mary’s Meals family.
The first meals are served in Myanmar, Uganda, South Sudan and Thailand.
The USA joins the Mary’s Meals global movement.
Mary’s Meals begins feeding children in Ecuador.
Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina join the Mary’s Meals family.
The school feeding programme arrives in Benin.
Italy joins the Mary’s Meals global movement.
We welcome Canada and the Netherlands to our global family.
Austria joins the Mary’s Meals movement.
School meals are first served in Zambia.
Spain is welcomed into the Mary’s Meals family.
Mary’s Meals feeds one million children around the world every school day.
Magnus’ book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children, is published.
Our school feeding programme is launched in the Middle East to help Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon, alongside their Lebanese classmates.
Children in the city of Aleppo, Syria, and in the Tigray region of Ethiopia are served Mary’s Meals for the first time.
Belgium joins the Mary’s Meals family.
We serve our billionth meal to 12-year-old Mohsin in India.
Australia, the Czech Republic and France join the Mary’s Meals family.
Meals are first served to children in Zimbabwe and a small number in Madagascar.
We are feeding more than two million children every school day.
The Shed That Fed 2 Million Children, the fully updated edition of Magnus’
2015 book is released in celebration.