One quarter of the world’s undernourished people live in India.

We have been providing Mary’s Meals in India since 2004. We serve children in areas across northern India and some low-income urban slum communities in large cities across the country. 

Our programme is delivered through a close partnership with Delhi-based charity, BREAD. Together, we make it possible for marginalised and vulnerable children to attend school.

Life in India

India is the world’s second largest country by population and is home to some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world.

The Indian Caste system creates a hierarchy of status adding inequality and social exclusion to an already complex register of issues, not least food insecurity.

Gender inequality is a persistent challenge in India, with girls typically only benefiting from 5.4 years of schooling, versus 8.7 years for boys.

Mary's Meals in India

We are currently feeding over 70,000 in 102 places of education.

Children in the programme are aged between 3 and 18.

A typical school meal consists of vegetable curry or lentil dhal with rice.

Did you know?

21% of the population 
live below the International Poverty Line of $1.90 
per day.

25% of the world’s undernourished people live in India. 6.1 million children are out of school.

27% of girls in India are married before their 
18th birthday.