Mary’s Meals

Earthquake Emergency Appeal  – February 2023

Our emergency response will provide urgent support to children and families in desperate need. Please click here to  donate today if you can.

Please see below for more details.

Prayer Support Helps Too!

All charities desperately need our financial help – but they all stress that the support of our Prayers is equally important.

We actively encourage ALL parishioners to remember in their prayers, ALL the charities we have selected for our support.   They are

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Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal – February 2023

In the aftermath to the horrendous earthquake, we have received this plea to give additional support to Mary’s Meals, to enable them to boost their efforts in Syria..   We appreciate your recent superb generosity and respecfully ask , “Please help if you can.”

Thank you,  Helen Hemming

From: Mary’s Meals <>
Date: 7 February 2023 at 18:54:34 GMT
Subject: Syria Earthquake Appeal
Reply-To: Mary’s Meals <>

On 6 February, two earthquakes – registering 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude – hit Syria and Turkey in the space of just 12 hours, killing more than 6,000 people and causing widespread devastation.

We have been serving Mary’s Meals at schools in Syria since 2017. Working alongside our partner on the ground, Dorcas, we now stand ready to provide emergency support to communities affected in Aleppo and the surrounding areas.

Our emergency response will provide urgent support to children and families in desperate need. Please click here to  donate today if you can.

Mary’s Meals – A Brief Introduction

The “Mary’s Meals” message is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.

Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realised.

What’s important to us is the hungry child. When there are hungry children in front of us today, we’re going to feed them, and at the same time we’re going to work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term, creating a global movement of people who believe in this vision.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary’s Meals Founder.

Mary’s Meals – 2022/3 Appeal

Shed_That_Fed_360_HB.inddHelen writes: ‘Our annual appeal starts now and will run until the end of January.  Thanks to the generosity of supporters in ‘Double the Love’, all donations before 31st January will be matched.

I will be available after each Mass to collect your donastions in any form.  I am very happy to receive cheques made payable to Mary’s Meals.  It costs just £15.90 to feed one child for a school year.

Thank you all for your continued support and generosity’

Our Parish Involvement

Mary's Meals

Support from St. Benet’s has been co-ordinated by Gemma Norris, and Helen Hemming (Tel 01502 710 483) who now provide jars for you to collect all your coins.  We  also have an annual Christmas Collection for Mary’s Meals.


If you want to learn more about the work of Mary’s Meals, and how you can help, please visit

The inspirational story of this charity, “The Shed That Fed  A Million Children”, was published in 2015. The author, Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow is also the charity’s founder.

Please ask Fr. Martin if you would like a copy of this book.

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