Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen hunger and need reach acute and harrowing levels in the countries where we work. Members of the Mary’s Meals family are telling us that they have never before seen such desperation spread so widely around the world.  

Where we are now

There is a very real, worrying risk that the voices of young children, suffering the effects of this crisis in the worst way – through hunger and malnutrition – will be lost in the global uncertainty. The UN recently published a report calling for urgent attention to be given to the plight of children globally. It highlights the catastrophic effect that loss of school meals during Covid-19 could have in the world’s poorest countries.

We are determined to keep our promise to the children who depend on Mary’s Meals.

Through our Covid-19 response activities we are now reaching nearly all of these children at home. Working with governments, community leaders and our trusted partners, we have developed new methods of distribution to reach children in their communities and provide food to them there, in their new places of learning.

But this work must continue. We cannot stop. Still, we hear stories of hardship and hunger, and there are still children we are yet to reach. Please help us if you can – for now and for the future – so no child is left behind.

A message from Magnus, our Founder and CEO

“Of course, we have long been aware of that basic need for every child to receive a daily meal in their place of education. It is why Mary’s Meals exists. But that need for a daily meal is crying out, more loudly and more urgently than ever. We need to do everything in our strength to ensure that cry is heard amidst everything else that is happening in the world.”

Read Magnus' latest message on Covid-19

How we're protecting communities

In areas where life was already hard, it’s just got much more difficult. With weaker healthcare and communications systems, the impact on children living in some of the world’s poorest communities will be devastating. But with your help, we can help to keep children and their communities safe.

Promoting hand hygiene

We’re distributing soap and hygiene information to families to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Encouraging social distancing

We’re abiding by social distancing guidance at our community food collection points and explaining why.

Supporting local communities

As well as feeding hungry children, we’re continuing to support communities by sourcing food locally.

How you can help

You can give hope to the world’s poorest communities by supporting Mary’s Meals to bring food to vulnerable families while schools are closed and helping us to continue with our life-changing work when classrooms finally re-open. Thank you for standing together with the world’s poorest children and making sure they’re not forgotten during this global pandemic.

In uncertain times, your generosity is needed more than ever.

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