One for you. One for them.

One for you.
One for them.

Mary’s Meals is an international charity that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals provides one daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into a classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

 

tastecard supports Mary’s Meals, helping to build four school kitchens and feed thousands of children in Malawi over the past four years. And this Christmas, we’re donating £5 to Mary’s Meals with every 12 month tastecard gift membership for £34.99.

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How it all started.

During 1992, brothers Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow followed news on the Bosnian conflict. They were so moved, they decided to organise an appeal as the public continued sending donations. They soon became a registered charity – Scottish International Relief (SIR).

 

Mary’s Meals was born in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a young boy named Edward. When asked what his dreams were in life, he replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

 

That moment was a key part of the inspiration which led to the founding of Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals now feeds more than 1.5 million hungry children every school day across five continents, in countries including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Haiti, Uganda, South Sudan, Thailand and India.

 

Their vision is that every child receives a meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic of things.

Their mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time or prayers, and help provide the most effective aid to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.
The main focus of Mary’s Meals is the school programmes, but they also provide emergency relief to vulnerable regions worldwide.

One for you. One for them.

Mary’s Meals is an international charity that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals provides one daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into a classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

BUY GIFT AND DONATE

How it all started.

During 1992, brothers Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow followed news on the Bosnian conflict. They were so moved, they decided to organise an appeal as the public continued sending donations. They soon became a registered charity – Scottish International Relief (SIR).

Mary’s Meals was born in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a young boy named Edward. When asked what his dreams were in life, he replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

That moment was a key part of the inspiration which led to the founding of Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals now feeds more than 1.5 million hungry children every school day across five continents, in countries including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Haiti, Uganda, South Sudan, Thailand and India.

Their vision is that every child receives a meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic of things.

Their mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time or prayers, and help provide the most effective aid to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.
The main focus of Mary’s Meals is the school programmes, but they also provide emergency relief to vulnerable regions worldwide.

How we got involved.

For four years, tastecard has been supporting Mary’s Meals in their mission to set up worldwide school feeding projects. During our annual charity campaigns, we make a donation to Mary’s Meals for every tastecard sold. Thanks to the fantastic support from our members, we have now been able to give a further £71,595 to Mary’s Meals this year bringing our total to an incredible £270,000 over the last 4 years.

 

It costs £7,000 to build each Mary’s Meals kitchen. These kitchens not only provide a safe and clean area for preparing and cooking food, but also provide a permanent structure which can be used as an extra classroom – particularly during the rainy season, when the children cannot learn outside. Wherever Mary’s Meals works, we see significant increases in rates of enrolment, attendance and attainment – and these tastecard schools are no different.

“It is so important to me to get my mug of phala. It means I will grow to be strong and healthy. I never miss school anymore, there used to always be empty seats in my class but not anymore – the classes are always full. I really want to grow up and become a lawyer.”

One of the students, Hawa Oliva

We have now helped Mary’s Meals build a further four school kitchens across Malawi, providing equipment and food to feed over 9,000 hungry children at Nkulu, Muonekera, Nansadi, Ntungulutsi, and Tedzani primary schools.

Buy an annual tastecard gift membership and we’ll donate £5 to Mary’s Meals.

BUY GIFT AND DONATE

How we got involved.

For four years, tastecard has been supporting Mary’s Meals in their mission to set up worldwide school feeding projects. During our annual charity campaigns, we make a donation to Mary’s Meals for every tastecard sold. Thanks to the fantastic support from our members, we have now been able to give a further £71,595 to Mary’s Meals this year bringing our total to an incredible £270,000 over the last 4 years.

 

It costs £7,000 to build each Mary’s Meals kitchen. These kitchens not only provide a safe and clean area for preparing and cooking food, but also provide a permanent structure which can be used as an extra classroom – particularly during the rainy season, when the children cannot learn outside. Wherever Mary’s Meals works, we see significant increases in rates of enrolment, attendance and attainment – and these tastecard schools are no different.

“It is so important to me to get my mug of phala. It means I will grow to be strong and healthy. I never miss school anymore, there used to always be empty seats in my class but not anymore – the classes are always full. I really want to grow up and become a lawyer.”

One of the students, Hawa Oliva

We have now helped Mary’s Meals build a further four school kitchens across Malawi, providing equipment and food to feed over 9,000 hungry children at Nkulu, Muonekera, Nansadi, Ntungulutsi, and Tedzani primary schools.

Buy an annual tastecard gift membership and we’ll donate £5 to Mary’s Meals.

BUY GIFT AND DONATE

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