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Dalmally-based charity Mary’s Meals has reached an amazing milestone, now feeding more than 1.5 million hungry children every school day.
Since January 2019, the number of children receiving Mary’s Meals daily at school has risen by more than five per cent (an additional 79,458 children).
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, said: ‘This wonderful milestone gives us an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to every single person who supports Mary’s Meals – from those fundraising around the UK to those volunteering to cook and serve meals to the hungry children in their own communities.
‘Each one of them plays a crucial part in our mission – a mission that has only just begun given how many children remain hungry and out of school in the world today.’
The charity, which began in 2002 by feeding 200 children in Malawi, announced that today it will feed 1,504,471 children in 18 countries across the world – including Haiti, South Sudan and Syria.
Independently verified research from Malawi, Liberia and Zambia shows that in schools where children receive Mary’s Meals, 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.