Mary’s Meals is a registered charity that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. It is a simple idea – by providing a daily meal in a place of education, chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.
Mary’s Meals was founded in 2002 and has grown from its first feeding operation of 200 children in Malawi to a world-wide campaign providing free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding over 860,000 children daily.
One of the charity’s high profile projects is the Backpack Project and it is this project that the staff of Mitchells Roberton supports. With staff donations we purchase backpacks and fill each one with a notebook, pencils, coloured pencils, a rubber, a pencil sharpener, a ruler and a pencil case. We also put into each pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and a towel. Additionally a new outfit, sandals, a ball and a spoon are included.
Margaret Ritchie, our receptionist organises the firm’s efforts. She says “I believe that a backpack may often be the first gift received by a child attending one of Mary’s Meals schools. We all hope that the bag will help to make a practical difference to the child receiving it. It’s a lovely project to be involved in and we will continue to contribute as best we can.”
Since the beginning of 2011 Mitchells Roberton has donated 450 filled backpacks to be gifted to children receiving Mary’s Meals.