Double The Love helps Mary’s Meals transform more lives in Zambia

We're reaching 95,000 more chronically hungry children in Zambia with a life-changing meal every school day thanks to donations from generous supporters to be matched by the UK Government.

£2 million donated by our incredible supporters to our Double The Love campaign will be doubled to £4 million by the UK Government. These funds will provide one good meal every day in school, attracting impoverished children in Zambia to the classroom where they can gain an all-important education.

Secretary of State for International Development, Rory Stewart, announced the £2 million in UK Government match funding during his first visit to Scotland in his new role, where he met with Daniel Adams, Executive Director of Mary's Meals UK.

Daniel said: “The generosity of our supporters across the UK, who have responded overwhelmingly to this match funding campaign, will help us to transform the lives of many, many more hungry children with the gifts of food and education.

“Double The Love was marked by a huge outpouring of love and generosity from our supporters. Their unwavering commitment to our mission gives us a wonderful opportunity to create an even bigger impact in Zambia where children who will receive Mary’s Meals can grow up – better nourished and better educated – to become the men and women who will lift their communities out of poverty and end their reliance on aid.”

International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, said: “I am delighted the UK Government has matched the first £2 million to Mary’s Meals’ Double the Love campaign, helping them to raise a total of £5.5 million. This will pay for school meals in Zambia, giving its children a chance of a decent education.”

Zambia suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. More than 360,000 primary school-age children are out of school, and those who do attend are often so hungry they don’t have the energy to concentrate and learn in class. Mary’s Meals has been working with communities in Zambia since 2014 and is now feeding 119,315 children there every school day.

Find out more about our work in Zambia here.