I mentioned in my blog that last year my friends and I set up Charity Children at school and we made felt soaps and candle holders. We had a sale and raised £70 for Mary's Meals enough to feed 7 children for a whole year!

My blog is being read all over the world and some people have said I am very lucky to have lunch at all. They are right. Lots of readers have asked how they can support Charity Children but because I can't make enough felt soaps it is best if you support Mary's Meals directly.

My grandpa says,

'Mary's Meals is a very efficient and effective charity which works with local volunteers to help them provide meals in school for their children. The charity was founded in 2002 by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who lives near us in Argyll, Scotland. Now Mary's Meals feeds over 600,000 children in 16 countries, including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya and Haiti. Many of these children go to school for the first time because of this food. How can you go to school when you have to worry about where the next meal is coming from?

It costs just £10.70 (US$16.80) to feed a child in school for a whole year. This is the average cost worldwide. In Malawi, the children are given a mug of Likuni Phala, maize porridge with soya, vitamins and malt extract. If it is all a child gets to eat, which it will be for some children, it is just enough to keep them healthy. It costs only £7 (US$11) to feed a child for a year there. At least 93p in every pound donated is spend directly on this charitable work.'

When Mary's Meals starts doing lunches in a new school they have to build a kitchen first. They cost £7000. I'd really like there to be a NeverSeconds kitchen but maybe it shouldn't be called NeverSeconds because there will be seconds, for everyone!


Updates 5

Just added over £10,000! Thanks Lidl for suporting me as Youing Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain awards and to Cargo for another chunk from my book! Brilliant! Thank you!

28/04/14 07:40

an update and thank you from Martha

20/12/12 09:59

The BBC documentary 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing this weekend on BBC News channel. Saturday 3rd - 05.30; 14.30; and 21.30 Sunday 4th - 03.30; 10.30; 14.30; 23.30 Monday 5th - 01.30 Hope you manage to catch it! Martha and Dave

02/11/12 09:37

Thanks for all your support. BBC Scotland made a TV documentary called 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing on BBC News channel all this weekend (3rd & 4th Nov). Catch it if you can and see how your donations have been put to fabulous use by Mary's Meals.

29/10/12 02:11

Thank you for making the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen at Lirangwe school happen! Visiting the school in Malawi in October. Will share the trip on the blog. Very excited to be finalist in the Great Scot Awards. In Malawi at time of ceremony but hope to win for all at Lirangwe!

25/08/12 09:48

Raising money for

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals

Charity Registration No. SC022140

Mary’s Meals is an international movement that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The charity now feeds more than 989,000 children every school day and it costs just £12.20 / €14.50 / $19.50 to feed a child for a year.

Donations 7822

Donation by Anonymous on 30/03/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 12/03/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Joy Bryant on 07/03/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you Martha!

Donation by Mary from New Jersey, USA on 25/02/15


A great idea, keep up the good work.

Donation by Anonymous on 18/02/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

You're a good person.

Donation by Anonymous on 01/02/15

I hope many people can eat out of this money!

Donation by Rick Senga on 27/01/15


Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/14

I was really impressed your action.

Donation by Chihiro Kinoshita on 04/12/14


Donation by Anonymous on 18/11/14

Donating to Mary's Meals in lieu of direct payment for permissions.

Donation by Measured Progress-Beth Paquette, AP Mgr on 11/11/14


日本のテレビ番組で知りました。将来の子供たちのためにできること。とても大切なことだと思います。 I knew it by Japanese TV.What I can for all children,That is very precious.I am glad that I could know that this time.Thank you,I support you.

Donation by Ayako Osawa on 07/11/14


From queensland, australia and amazingly have never heard of you or your inspiring story before but just read your book so wanted to donate. Well done you! X

Donation by Vicky wiley on 06/10/14


Donation by Steven Peter Papp on 12/09/14



Donation by あかね on 10/09/14


Donation by chika on 09/09/14


I was impressed to see the TV broadcasting in Japan. I want to be a force even a little. I support you.

Donation by NAMIKO on 09/09/14


I'm hoping this will help a lot of children! Please keep up the good work! love, from Japan.

Donation by Elin Nakayama on 08/09/14


日本のTV番組で放送していて、 とても感動しました。 ぜひ参加させてください!!!

Donation by Yoshiyuki miyazawa on 08/09/14


I watched Japanese TV program with my son. Fantastic!

Donation by Kumiko and Tokuma on 08/09/14


Donation activity is great! keep it !!!

Donation by karen & kurumi itabashi on 08/09/14

10,00 €

I watched Japanese TV program just now がんばれー!

Donation by Okamoto A on 08/09/14


Donation by Anonymous on 08/09/14


Well done Martha !

Donation by Toshio M on 08/09/14


Just watched Japanese TV program about the project. Keep it up, Martha :-) !

Donation by Mari Y on 08/09/14


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£129,592.21
  • Offline donations£14,420.00
  • Text donations£65.00
  • Total raised£144,077.21
  • Gift Aid£21,761.80

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