Reach next million, urges Hollywood star

Actor Gerard Butler visiting a Mary's Meals project in Liberia.

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Hollywood actor Gerard Butler is calling on Mary’s Meals’ supporters to help the charity reach its next million milestone.

The Scottish-born actor sent a special video message to Mary’s Meals after the global school feeding charity founded in Dalmally announced it was now providing meals to  2,058,099 children in some of the world’s poorest countries every school day.

Children in Madagascar celebrate the two million announcement

Gerard, 51, a long-term supporter of the charity’s work, also thanked volunteers and supporters in the message urging them not to stop now.

In his video he said: ‘Congratulations Mary’s Meals on reaching this landmark milestone of feeding two million children every school day.

‘It’s a huge achievement and I’m personally so proud to be a supporter of Mary’s Meals because I’ve seen first-hand the joy and hope that it brings to children’s lives, and it really does show that food in a child’s place of education does change the story.

‘Now, we’re at two million. But we can still do better – so upwards and onwards now to three million.’

With more than 58 million children still out of school around the world, Gerard’s call for the charity to continue its work has been echoed by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals.

‘I thank you with all my heart on behalf of each of those children, for every bit of hard work, for every gift given, for all those unique things each person brings to this enormous Mary’s Meals’ table. Thank you, and please let’s keep going forward,’  said Magnus.

The work of Mary’s Meals began in 2002, with feeding 200 children at a Malawian primary school.

The charity’s latest milestone has prompted changes to another story – the founder’s bestselling book The Shed That Fed A Million Children, which has been fully updated and will be re-published at the end of this month.


Watch Gerard’s video message here:

To find out more about the work of Mary’s Meals and how to get involved, or to order a copy of the updated book, visit


Caption: Actor Gerard Butler visiting a Mary’s Meals project in Liberia