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There are so many ways to raise funds to help feed hungry children.

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Find a fundraising project

There are many ways you can donate

Our fundraisers keep the Mary’s Meals vision burning brightly. Their little acts of love are inspirational – whether it’s a child who wishes to donate their pocket money or a large fundraising event involving an entire community – they all help to bring vital food to vulnerable children as they learn.

Your actions can make a real and lasting change to the lives of some of the world’s poorest children.

Important information for Fundraisers

Before embarking on your fundraising journey, we recommend you read our information document.

Spotlight on fundraisers

Thousands of people are already helping to give children hope for a better future through Mary’s Meals, and their involvement in raising money for our work is enriching their lives in many different ways.

Our supporters love sharing why they choose to raise money for the children in our school feeding programme and how it makes them feel. By sharing the love, they feel the love!

Meet some of our fundraising superstars:

Coin Collection

Volunteers all over Ireland have been busy collecting coins since the start of the year.

It is estimated that there is still more than €350 million unaccounted for Irish Punts since the switch to Euro, and our Mary’s Meals veteran, and superstar volunteer, Fr Eamonn Kelly, from Co. Donegal, has set himself the ambitious goal of collecting it all (or at least a large proportion of it), to support the children served with Mary’s Meals!

So far, this fundraising initiative has raised to enough to feed more than 2,730 children.

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Offaly Car Raffle

In September 2022, we were approached by our volunteers in Offaly to say that they had been donated a beautiful second-hand Mercedes convertible to raffle in aid of Mary’s Meals.

The kind and generous volunteer, Rose, who donated the car, knew that the raffle would not only raise a substantial amount towards school meals, but it was also an exciting way to raise awareness of our work and reach new audiences. The fundraiser was highlighted by regional newspapers and radio stations and raised enough to feed more than 2,850 children for an entire school year!


Car Boot Sales 

Car boot sales are a fantastic way to raise funds for our school feeding programme and can provide an excellent opportunity to introduce new people to our work. It’s also a great way to clear the clutter!

One of our superstar supporters, Geraldine, from Tynagh, Co. Galway, joined a few car boot sales and managed to raise a substantial amount of funds to support the school she is sponsoring in Zambia.

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Online Monthly Quiz

During the pandemic, online social gatherings, especially quizzes, became the norm. One supporter, Martin from Co. Wexford, seized the opportunity to promote and raise funds for Mary’s Meals, by launching a monthly online quiz.

Even since the return of in person events and gatherings, the online quiz continues to build momentum and, to date, the quiz has raised enough funds to feed 1,289 children for an entire school year in their place of education.

The quiz is just €5 to enter, and takes place on the last Friday of every month. For more details keep an eye on our social media.

A few fun ways to raise money for our charity

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  • Bake sales always draw a crowd. Selling homemade cakes and treats is a surefire way to make people smile and a great way to raise funds for our work. When fundraising by selling food please follow the safety advice on


  • Get on your bike and clock up the miles – whether it’s on a unicycle, tandem, or even a penny farthing – it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you’re on, just remember to ask for sponsorship!


  • Fill a mug! You can collect donations at home, in your school, or at your place of work and every €22 raised will buy a school meal for a hungry child for an entire year. You can transform any mug into a money box using our Fill Mugs pack


  • Gaming for good. Why not have an online duel with friends where people pay to play?