Children in Glasgow will be eating for many on Monday (25 November), as school catering provider Cordia works with international charity Mary’s Meals.
The partnership, now in its third year, will see Cordia try to raise £10,000 for the charity, making a contribution to Mary’s Meals for every portion sold in school Fuel Zones across the city.
Themed around the title of ‘Meals for Malawi’, this year’s campaign follows on from two highly successful fundraising drives which took place in 2011 and 2012.
Last year’s push saw Cordia reach the £10,000 mark which built a cooking facility for Milonga school through the ‘Pitch In for the Kitchen’ project, while in 2011 the ‘Step up to the Plate’ initiative raised over 300,000 meals for school children in the African country.
As an example of the results of these individual fundraising attempts, attendance at Milonga school, Southern Malawi increased by 200 people, as children come to lessons and get a meal at lunchtime. Food intake also improves all-round productivity, boosting educational prospects in the process.
Mary’s Meals supplies more than 650,000 meals on a daily basis in 16 countries across the world. The organisation can feed a child in Malawi across a full academic year for only £7. Children are nourished with a nutritious porridge-style meal called Likuni Phala, which over (number) young people in the land locked South-East African nation rely on every day.
Speaking about Meals for Malawi, David Melvin, managing director of Cordia said: “This is the third year of a highly successful partnership with Mary’s Meals. We have managed to feed children across Africa while improving performance in the classroom, which is hugely important.
“Mary’s Meals is involved in such great work all over the world and it is initiatives like these which help them to achieve such incredible results. Furthermore, healthy eating and learning are two things which are hugely important to our organisation, continually aspiring towards higher nutritional targets for children in the city.
“Once again, I am sure the campaign will be yet another success and I hope we reach the £10,000 total for Mary’s Meals.”
Mary’s Meals has become a Glasgow institution for its tireless efforts to nourish pupils across the world over the last 10 years and, aside from their work in Malawi, the charity provides meals in a further 15 countries around the globe.