Mary’s Meals is appealing for locals to give their time in Volunteers’ Week

Sunday May 28th 2023


The work of Mary’s Meals depends on volunteers in the UK and in the countries where it provides a daily meal in school to hungry children like seven-year-old Sam.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Locals in Midlothian can help to feed hungry children around the world by giving their time to the school feeding charity Mary’s Meals.

The charity provides a daily school meal to more than 2.4 million hungry children in some of the world’s poorest countries, attracting them into the classroom where they can gain an education and hope of a brighter future.

Mary’s Meals is highlighting the impact Midlothian residents can make by donating their time and skills, this Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7).

The charity’s work is only made possible by the dedication of volunteers across the globe, including people in the UK who raise awareness by organising fundraising events, helping with bucket collections or by distributing promotional materials and giving talks in local communities.

Morven Macgillivray, supporter engagement manager at Mary’s Meals, says: “Our work simply wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers. From the people here in the UK who raise awareness of our mission, to those in the countries where we work who cook and serve our school meals – our volunteers are the bedrock of everything we do to feed hungry children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

“Rising food and fuel prices, conflict and natural disaster have made it an incredibly challenging time for us and the vulnerable children we feed. However, in difficult moments, we are given energy and hope by our fantastic family of volunteers who give their precious time and skills to support us.

“We would love to welcome more volunteers from Midlothian to help us reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.”

It costs Mary’s Meals just £19.15 to feed a hungry child for an entire school year.

The charity is bringing hope to children like seven-year-old Sam, who goes to school in Zambia, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Despite immense challenges, he is determined to keep attending classes thanks to the promise of a daily school meal.

He says: “The first time I eat is at school when we have porridge. I like the porridge. It’s nice because I get a full cup.”

For more information about volunteering opportunities with Mary’s Meals please visit

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