Marys-Meals-400x400Big-hearted Canadians are being offered the chance to have their new, regular donations to Mary’s Meals doubled for the first year of giving, thanks to a very generous supporter. Right now, setting up a regular gift in Canada to global child hunger charity, Mary’s Meals, will help twice as many hungry children in Malawi to find hope in the classroom. This wonderful opportunity has been made possible thanks to a kind Canadian supporter, who has pledged $125,000 to match new, recurring donations. 

Mary’s Meals works alongside poor communities to set up community-run school feeding programs, which encourage children – who may otherwise be forced to work, beg or forage for food – to come to school and receive a nutritious meal. It costs just $16 to feed a child in Malawi with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year.

Jill Mowser, Fundraising Coordinator for Mary’s Meals Canada, said:

We are so thankful for our regular donors whose wonderful support allows us to plan more effectively, reaching many more children in Malawi with life-changing meals. That’s why we’re delighted to have the incredible support of a Canadian Mary’s Meals donor to generously match all new recurring donations for the first year of giving. This is a really special opportunity for Canadians to show even more children on the other side of the world that they matter and they are loved, by providing a daily school meal and giving hope for a brighter future.

Mary’s Meals began by feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002. The charity has since grown into a global movement, which provides life-changing meals to more than one million hungry children in 14 countries around the world every school day.
By providing a daily meal in a place of learning, Mary’s Meals attracts children from chronically poor communities into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

In Malawi, children are served likuni phala (porridge), which is prepared by more than 80,000 community volunteers using locally grown ingredients. Each cup helps fill a hungry child’s empty stomach, giving them the energy to learn, play and thrive.

Jill added:

Our model is a simple one that works. Research shows that schools serving Mary’s Meals have higher enrolment, better attendance and pupils who can concentrate in class without the distraction of hunger.

Quick facts:

  • The Double the  Love campaign will see new recurring donations matched for the first year of giving, until the total amount available of $125,000 has been allocated.
  • Existing regular donors to Mary’s Meals Canada can also choose to increase their donations during the campaign with their additional recurring donations doubled for the first year of giving also.
  • Feeding a child in Malawi with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year costs just $16.
  • Please note Mary’s Meals Canada currently supports programs in Malawi only.
  • Mary’s Meals is a simple idea that works. The charity provides one daily meal in a place of education in order to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
  • Mary’s Meals feeds hungry children every school day across four continents, in countries including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Syria, Zambia, Haiti, Uganda, South Sudan, Thailand and India.
  • Research from Malawi shows that in schools where Mary’s Meals are served hunger is reduced, enrolment increases, attendance improves, drop-out rates fall, absences dwindle, concentration in lessons is heightened, attainment levels increase, parents are less anxious and children are happier.
  • The Mary’s Meals campaign was born in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDS. When Magnus asked her eldest son Edward what his dreams were in life, he replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”
  • Mary’s Meals is committed to spending at least 93% of donations directly on its charitable activities. This is only possible because most of the charity’s work is done by an army of dedicated volunteers.

Please visit www.marysmeals.ca to find out more or to set up a regular gift.