Meet the new, innovative businesses gifting meals to hungry schoolchildren

Whether you're buying lunch, booking a holiday, or planning a trip to the great outdoors, these big-hearted companies are worth a look!


London-based marketing agency, Earnest, is teaming up with lunch venues in and around the capital to help some of the world’s poorest children attend school.

Earnest Labs (the innovation arm of Earnest) has created a bespoke contactless payment terminal – Lunchbox – to enable those buying lunch in the city to make a small donation to Mary’s Meals, quickly and easily, using their contactless card.

Tapping the Lunchbox terminal will give a thirty pence donation to Mary’s Meals, providing five life-changing meals to hungry children in their place of education.

Current statistics show that 80% of people in the UK already donate to charity regularly, and Earnest’s Lunchbox initiative aims to facilitate spontaneous generosity in a no-pressure environment. By placing the Lunchbox terminal at the point of sale, vendors make it easy for customers to donate.

The technology launched on Tuesday May 3 through partner vendors Reynolds, ICCO, Mortimers Cafe in London and Lynwood Cafe, Oxfordshire.

For more information about Lunchbox terminals visit; to find out more about the work of Mary’s Meals, visit


The creators of hotel comparison website, Wondeos, are determined to do business differently.

On discovering that the online travel industry spends billions each year on advertising, they decided to launch a hotel comparison website that redirects its advertising spend to Mary’s Meals, to help support the world’s poorest children with a daily meal in school. scans the web to find the best hotel deals, and promises to refund the difference to any customer who finds a better deal elsewhere.

Every booking made with Wondeos will prompt a donation to allow Mary’s Meals to provide 20 meals to impoverished children in their place of education.

To find out more, or to book your next trip, please visit


Sports & outdoor brand, SHO, gifts 10% of all its profits to Mary’s Meals.

Its durable products come with a life-time guarantee, and every purchase funds life-changing daily meals that help children in the world’s poorest communities concentrate in school.

So if you’re looking for a bottle that keeps drinks hot or cold, or a comfortable camping pillow that won’t take up too much room, visit and treat yourself, safe in the knowledge that you’re making a positive impact at the same time.

Happy shopping!

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