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World Porridge Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017 (and 10/10 every year!)

shazia-roundel-finalJoin in this celebration of Scotland’s traditional national dish to help feed hungry children in some of the poorest countries across the globe.

The small Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge – home of the annual World Porridge Making Championship – has teamed up with the Scottish-based charity, Mary’s Meals to establish an international World Porridge Day.

We hope you will take part by joining porridge makers across the globe to help support the work of Mary’s Meals.

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The charity, which operates its international headquarters from a tin shed in the Argyll area of the Scottish Highlands, has one simple aim: To provide a daily meal in a place of education so chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that can provide an escape route from poverty.

Mary’s Meals works in 12 of the poorest countries in the world, providing daily school meals for over one million hungry children.

World Porridge Day aims to raise awareness of the role that porridge plays at Mary’s Meals’ largest project in Malawi, where a daily mug of maize-based porridge ‘likuni phala’ is an incentive for children to go to school.

This provides them with the nutrition they need to grow, play and also learn with the aim that education will help them escape from a life of poverty

It costs just £12.20 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year.

You can support this worthy cause by getting together with family, friends or workmates and hosting your own World Porridge Day fundraising event. 

Just cook up a steaming pan of good hearty porridge or maybe bake some oatmeal cookies or flapjacks and ask everyone to make a donation, however large or small, to help support Mary’s Meals.

Countries where Mary’s Meals works

Providing meals in: Benin, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia.

Throughout the world, hunger blocks poor children from gaining the education that is their most likely escape route out of poverty. Mary’s Meals offers a simple solution to this problem by working with local communities to provide daily meals in school. Where Mary’s Meals is provided to children in a place of education, there is a rise in enrolment, attendance and academic performance.

For information on how you can get involved in World Porridge Day, please visit

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