Covid-19 update: more good news from our programmes

Despite school closures, plans are in place to reach more than one million children as part of our Covid-19 response.

Back to all stories | Posted on 29 April 20 in News

Since schools closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our amazing staff and volunteers have been working hard to find new ways of bringing food to hungry children – and we have some exciting news to share!

With your help, hundreds of thousands of children are already eating Mary’s Meals at home, in Kenya, Haiti and India. Plans are now in place to feed more than one million children who normally receive Mary’s Meals at schools in Malawi and Zambia. Parents will be invited to collect rations to cook and serve to their children at home.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, said: “Our work is to feed hungry children in their place of education and, while schools all over the world are closed, homes have become the new places of education. The children who rely on Mary’s Meals still need to eat every day and so we find ourselves placed in the very heart of this battle against the global impact of this pandemic; in the communities where the world’s most vulnerable people live, and with the means to provide the most crucial thing – daily food for children.

“Our many years’ experience of working with some of the world’s poorest communities and in challenging environments is helping us develop new plans and activities which will enable us to do all this and the strong relationships of trust we have built with the communities we serve are crucial at this time because, as always, our efforts are founded on locally-led solutions that often depend on community volunteers.

“Of course, getting the food out to communities is just one part of this mission and it wouldn’t be possible without generous support from people all over the world who agree that no child should face a day without a meal. As we continue to work to find ways of reaching all of the children who rely on our support, I am confident that people all over the world will respond with kindness in this time of great need and I thank all those who remain faithful to this work and the children we serve.”

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times – we couldn’t do it without you.