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Mary's Meals - How You Can Help.

Updated on December 1, 2013

Help Me To Help Mary's Meals.

You may have seen recently the article I wrote about an inspirational Scottish schoolgirl Martha Payne and her neverseconds school food blog. As you may remember this blog went viral very quickly and as a result has raised over £100,000 for the charity I am writing this article about.

Mary's Meals is a fantastic charity set up by Scottish entrepreneur's Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow. This charity was set up as recently as 2002 and is now providing meals everyday to over 600,000 school age children. With your help I hope to become a part of that process as I have set up my own web site through justgiving which will accept donations to the Mary's Meals Charity.

What Is Mary's Meals?

Mary's Meals is about two brothers from Scotland who decided to get off their behinds and do something about the plight of people during the Bosnian conflict. So moved by what happened Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow set about organising an appeal for food and blankets and organised trips to Bosnia to take the collected articles.

On their return home to Argyll the brothers were ready just to fall back into daily life routines as fish farmers. How wrong were they? What they, instead found out was that donations had continued to roll in whilst they were away. Magnus gave up his job for a year to continue the trips back and forth carrying the aid in Jeeps. Here the S.I.R charity was born. ( Scottish International Relief Charity ).

As a result of all of this the charity rapidly expanded into other countries like Romania, Haitti Malawi to name a few and began funding all types of different projects.

Mary's Meals was derived from a visit to Malawi where Magnus visited a woman who was dying of Aids. The woman said that all that was left, was for her to pray for her six children that someone would look after them when she died.

The question was asked of the woman's oldest son what his biggest hope would be after his Mother dies. He said '' to have enough food to eat and to go to school for one day''

This was the catalyst which kick started the very first Mary's Meals campaign.

From here on in, the focus was on to provide chronically hungry children with one meal for every school day.

This idea then grew strength and now supports school children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America.

2002 saw the name change from S.I.R to Mary's Meals

Why Support Mary's Meals?

Why not? This is the question, surely.

Just watching the video, An Introduction to Mary's Meals should be a place to start.

It is one of the most effective charities I have come across. Such small amounts of money can have such a massive effect. As little as $10 or £7.50 GBP can feed a child for a whole school year. Imagine that. Your money feeding a child every school day for a year. Not only that, but by simply going to school everyday, something which we take for granted in the U.K, children can then be taught and educated which will allow them to get out of the poverty trap as they grow up. What a powerful incentive this is to give to such a fantastic charity.

Steve's Philosophy on Hub Pages.......

now shifts to helping charities.

It is my firm belief that if I help enough people get what they want, then I shall get what I want in return.

I now want to help charities get what they want. Mary's Meals now has my attention.

Please help me to help Mary's Meals by donating here.→→→→→→→→→→→→→

Hub Pages is such a great community for giving their time and advice free of charge in order to help fellow hubbers. I know that they will do the same to support Mary's Meals.

Thanks in advance.

Steve Mitchell

Need more evidence before you donate?

Look what these people have to say.

NeverSeconds Blog ; 8,716,708 page views can't be wrong to date. (16/11/12)

Visit the NeverSeconds Blog and see for yourself ;

Duncan Bannatyne entrepreneur and Dragon from the hit T.V Show Dragon's Den and owner of Bannatyne's Health Spa's works and is a long term supporter of Mary's Meals and has visited Haitti to see the valuable work that the charity is doing there.

Dermot O Leary, radio and T.V Presenter supports the charity.

So you have the information, why not make a difference in a childs school day by providing them with a meal for a day or even a year.

Please donate whatever amount you know you should.

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  • Kathryn Stratford profile image


    5 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

    I really like that you are bringing this charity to light for many of us who have never heard of it. What a beautiful story behind the charity!

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I will share this, and bookmark it for when I have money to give.

    Have a great Sunday.

    ~ Kathryn

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for sharing this, I really appreciate it.

    always exploring,

    many thanks for reading and commenting as always.

  • always exploring profile image

    Ruby Jean Richert 

    7 years ago from Southern Illinois

    You're doing a great service by writing these articale. Thank you for sharing your giving spirit...

  • shiningirisheyes profile image

    Shining Irish Eyes 

    7 years ago from Upstate, New York

    The inspirational brothers story behind Marys Meals is as impressive as the wonderful charity.

    You are a good soul and I am sharing this.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Well done on your efforts. 42K, wow that is a big amount and seems so far away. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Well done on your efforts. 42K, wow that is a big amount and seems so far away. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Silva Hayes,

    Thanks for the heads up, I will take a look. And thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    Hi and thank you for the support and the votes. It is always great to hear from you.

  • Mhatter99 profile image

    Martin Kloess 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

    Good luck on this. I was put out of action in 2010. All I can do is "ra-ra' you on. It took me 4 years to cross the $42K mark for Toys For Tots. If I can do it, so can you.

  • Silva Hayes profile image

    Silva Hayes 

    7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

    Thank you for the hub; I voted Up. You might want to check out this site and possibly create a request for funds there:

    I don't know anything about it personally; I just know that someone collected vacation funds for the lady in the news recently who was bullied on the school bus by using this site and it wildly exceeded their expectations.

  • tillsontitan profile image

    Mary Craig 

    7 years ago from New York

    If more people realize and help charities we will have less suffering in the world. Great hub poshcoffeeco and great attitude and love of your fellow man. Voted up, useful and awesome!

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for the shares, I appreciate your support.

  • Janine Huldie profile image

    Janine Huldie 

    7 years ago from New York, New York

    Wonderful charity and awesome Hub detailing it and putting it out there. I have shared on Hubpages and FB, as well as voted up too.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    GRL, great to hear from you and thanks for passing it on to your followers. It is greatly appreciated.

  • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    Wonderful thoughts and great charity. Thanks for sharing and informing that one can help with just one simple act of kindness. Passing this on.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks for being the first to comment. I value your comments and always look forward to receiving them.

  • TToombs08 profile image

    Terrye Toombs 

    7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Posh, excellent hub and a great charity. It's amazing what one can do when you put your mind to it. One small act of kindness can avalanche into helping many. VUMS!


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