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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities. Mary's Meals is a grassroots global movement - an intrinsic part of our work is to involve as many people as possible, recognizing that each has a unique part to play in this mission.

Results: Mary’s Meals is now reaching 1,425,013 of the world’s poorest children with a nutritious daily meal in school. Where Mary's Meals are provided, there is a rise in enrollment , attendance and academic performance.

Target demographics: Hungry children in the world's poorest communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Currently feeding 1,425,013 children every day! The billionth meal was served in India in 2017.

Geographic areas served: 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, eastern Europe and the Caribbean

Programs: A daily meal in a place of education so that chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.

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Rating: 5

I first heard about Mary's Meals while watching CNN Heroes, a yearly special that features 10 people from around the world who are making a difference in the lives of others. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder and CEO of Mary's Meals, definitely fits this description. Inspired by the work that he and Mary's Meals are doing, I decided to become a fundraiser and support their mission. Mary's Meals believes that every single child should be able to eat a meal every day, and that in a world of plenty, this is more than possible. My favorite aspect of Mary's Meals is how smart the organization's method is. Mary's Meals provides food for children, but the key is that they provide it in school. Thus, the children have to attend school to be fed. For those who are constantly battling hunger, food is an invaluable incentive. With the introduction of Mary's Meals, school attendance, test scores, and graduation rates have all sky-rocketed. In addition, Mary's Meals purchases its food from local farmers, so the local economy is supported, as well. Instead of viewing its mission as "swooping in and saving," Mary's Meals recognizes that change must stem from within the community itself. Thus, local volunteers and mothers put in the hours of work each day to prepare the meals, feed the children, and clean up afterwards. This is an incredibly smart and sustainable model!!! Currently, Mary's Meals feeds over 700,000 children every single day. PLEASE donate and help that number grow. It only takes $16.80 to feed a child for an entire school year. At a cost of six cents per meal, you really can make a difference in the lives of so many children.