Big-hearted pupils help launch global appeal for charity Mary’s Meals

A Staffordshire school is stepping up to the plate to help launch a charity campaign that aims to feed one million hungry children, and more, every day.

Mary’s Meals has launched the Make it a Million campaign to raise awareness of its school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The charity currently reaches over 920,000 impoverished children with a nutritious meal in a place of education every day they attend school.

Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle, which is the highest achieving non-selective school in Staffordshire, is celebrating its 50th year this year, and pupils have pledged to raise £50,000 for Mary’s Meals to mark the milestone.
Staff and pupils from Painsley are also encouraging others in their local community to support the Make it a Million campaign to help the charity reach its first million children with a life-changing daily meal.

By providing food in a place of education, Mary’s Meals attracts hungry children into the classroom where they can learn, thrive, and work towards a more positive future.
It costs just £12.20 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year and the charity works across five continents, supporting children in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Stephen Bell, Principal at Painsley Catholic College, said: “Painsley is delighted to be supporting the Mary’s Meals ‘Make it a Million’ campaign. It is an excellent charity to have reached the lives of nearly one million children across the world, which is an amazing achievement.

“Painsley aims to raise £50,000 for the charity before the end of the academic year. Anyone wishing to support this campaign can do so by donating via:”

Mary’s Meals was founded in a garden shed in Argyll, Scotland, and continues to keep its running costs low so at least 93p of every £1 donated is spent directly on charitable activities.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, its founder and CEO, said:

“Today, around the world, 57 million children miss school because of poverty. Instead of sitting in a classroom getting an education, they are working in fields, begging on street corners, or scavenging among the garbage to survive.

“Our vision is that every child should be able to receive one good meal every day in a place of education. Working together with people who share our ideals, we believe that our vision can be achieved in this world of plenty, where there is enough food for everyone.
“By making such a generous pledge and supporting our Make it a Million campaign, staff and pupils at Painsley Catholic College will be helping to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished children—and their communities—around the world.”

For more information, please visit or follow the campaign on twitter and facebook by searching the hastag #makeitamillion.