Mary’s Meals has launched a new campaign, Double The Love, that will see the UK government match public donations to the charity until 1st March 2019. This funding means public donations to Double The Love will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million. This will enable Mary’s Meals to reach thousands more chronically hungry children in Zambia with a life-changing meal every school day.
The Double The Love campaign was officially announced in Dalmally, Argyll, where The global work of Mary’s Meals first began.
The charity’s founder and global chief executive Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow said: “Our wonderful supporters of all ages never cease to amaze us with their love and kindness. With match funding from the UK government, we have a wonderful opportunity to create an even bigger impact and transform the lives of many, many more hungry children with the gift of food and education.”
Mary’s Meals has been working with communities in Zambia since 2014 and is now feeding more than 92,000 children there every school day. The country suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. Children can often be found working in fields, begging on street corners or scavenging for food just to survive. More than 360,000 primary school-age children are out of school, and those who do attend are often so hungry they don’t have the energy to concentrate and learn in class. But, by providing one good meal every day in school, Mary’s Meals attracts impoverished children to the classroom where they can gain an all-important education.
International development secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “In Zambia, many children do not attend school. Instead they work in the fields, beg on street corners and scavenge for food. The UK government is committed to ensuring that every child across the world receives 12 years of quality education.
“That is why we are so proud to support Mary’s Meals through UK Aid Match. The Double the Love campaign will ensure that Zambian children are given a nutritious school meal every day. Their vital work not only gets children back into school, but it also means that those children do not go hungry.”
For further information on the Double The Love appeal, and to find out how to get involved, go to www.marysmeals.org.uk.