Mary’s Meals Appeal

We know that porridge has the power to change lives. That’s why we’re celebrating World Porridge Day on Saturday, 10 October!

In Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, we serve a steaming mug of vitamin-enriched porridge to more than one million children every school day. This meal attracts little ones into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Yvonne, 11, from Malawi, dreams of being a teacher. She says: “Porridge makes me full. I don’t feel hungry anymore. When I have eaten, I can listen attentively in class and understand what the teacher is saying.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic our work hasn’t stopped – in countries where schools are still closed, we are distributing food for parents to collect and cook for their children. Whether it is in the classroom or at home, we are still safely reaching almost all of the 1.6 million little ones who eat Mary’s Meals.

We hope you’ll celebrate World Porridge Day by holding a Porridge Party for your friends and family, either in your home or virtually. Fill in this form for your free Porridge Party pack, including recipes, information about our work and a porridge-themed quiz.

You are also invited to our biggest ever Porridge Party, which will take place at 10am on Saturday, 10 October during the next Mary’s Meals Family Hour. Prepare your favourite porridge dish and join us on YouTube for updates from colleagues, volunteers and supporters from around the globe.


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