"Every child deserves an education – and enough to eat."
WHY SCHOOL MEALS?
By providing a daily meal in a place of learning we meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to go to school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. It fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn and gives them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy.
Mary's Meals school feeding programs are owned and run by community volunteers in the countries that they support. School feeding committees – made up of parents, teachers and volunteers – are crucial to their work and one of the first things to be established in any new area receiving Mary’s Meals.
Wherever possible, we serve locally produced food. This supports the local community and its farmers, as well as the wider economy.