1.3 million reasons to smile

We’ve got some amazing news – Marys Meals is now feeding 1,361,586 children in 17 countries every school day!

Thanks to the generosity of supporters from around the world, we’ve been able to reach an additional 104,308 children with life-changing meals – and begin feeding at 199 new schools and education centres – since March this year.

Those enjoying Mary’s Meals for the first time include vulnerable children in prisons in Madagascar, little ones attending nursery in the deserts of northern Kenya, and pupils at five new schools in war-torn South Sudan. 

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, our founder and global chief executive, said: “It is wonderful that more than 1.3 million children are now receiving Mary’s Meals every day at school. All over the world, people are sharing what they have so that children might eat. I feel humbled each day by people’s goodness – especially by the tens of thousands of unpaid local volunteers who cook and serve these meals.”

Most recently, we’ve started serving meals in Madagascar, where children as young as eight face malnutrition and appalling conditions in overcrowded prisons. We have partnered with Grandir Dignement – an organisation that provides education and vocational training – to feed vulnerable children attending classes at four prisons in the Antsiranana and Antananarivo regions. 

In South Sudan, where years of violent conflict has caused a food crisis affecting more than six million people, we work closely with our local partner, the Diocese of Rumbek, to deliver life-saving school meals to desperately hungry children. As growing numbers of children flee fighting in other parts of the country, we have expanded our school feeding programme to reach pupils at five new schools in Eastern Lakes and Western Lakes states.

Open quote mark It is wonderful that more than 1.3 million children are now receiving Mary’s Meals every day at school. Close quote mark
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary's Meals founder and global chief executive

Most recently, we’ve started serving meals in Madagascar, where children as young as eight face malnutrition and appalling conditions in overcrowded prisons. We have partnered with Grandir Dignement – an organisation that provides education and vocational training – to feed vulnerable children attending classes at four prisons in the Antsiranana and Antananarivo regions. 

In South Sudan, where years of violent conflict has caused a food crisis affecting more than six million people, we work closely with our local partner, the Diocese of Rumbek, to deliver life-saving school meals to desperately hungry children. As growing numbers of children flee fighting in other parts of the country, we have expanded our school feeding programme to reach pupils at five new schools in Eastern Lakes and Western Lakes states.