“It is heart-warming to see the programme in action.”

In India and around the world, Mary’s Meals works alongside local communities to help feed young learners. 

Since 2004, committed volunteers from some of India’s poorest communities have been helping Mary’s Meals to reach thousands of hungry children with a daily school meal. 

Among those children are some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable, who might not otherwise have the chance to learn.  

The dedicated volunteers, and members of the Mary’s Meals family, see on a daily basis the difference a nutritious meal can make. 

Manoj is a teacher at St Theresa Primary School, and he also takes care of running the school’s feeding programme. He says it has tackled hunger and boosted the young learners’ education. 

He says: “Children who attend this school come from very far and haven’t eaten when they come here. They are all so happy to come to school because of the food. 

“For some children, it can be their only meal of the day,” he adds. 

“The programme has definitely helped the learners to study better. And I feel the learners are the greatest fruit of Mary’s Meals. Many children have continued their studies in school and not dropped out the following year, which normally wouldn’t happen.” 

Paul works in an informal education centre in an overcrowded Delhi slum. He helps prepare food every school day for the students, many of whom live in extreme poverty. 

He explains: “There are some who come to eat who have no breakfast. I really feel for them. They go rubbish picking with their parents early morning and then come here. 

“I would say more than 60% of the learners here come very hungry. They come here to learn, but to also eliminate their hunger. That is a fact.”  

Agatha is a cook at St Theresa Primary School, and seeing how the children have benefitted from the feeding programme has helped make her happy too.  

“It is heart-warming to see the programme in action,” she says. I am happy to cook the food and serve the children. It feels good and it’s a lot of help for the children.” 

It’s thanks to people like Manoj, Paul and Agatha – and many thousands more like them around the globe – that Mary’s Meals can deliver on its promise of a daily school meal for the children who need it most. Thank you.