In 2010, Magnus was named as a CNN hero for his role in founding and running Mary’s Meals, and in April 2015, became one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. His book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children, reached the UK’s prestigious Times and Sunday Times bestseller list immediately after its release.
Globally, more than 59 million children are missing school because of poverty and hunger.
By serving one good meal every day in a place of education, Mary’s Meals aims to break the cycle of poverty that those young people are trapped in. The promise of a daily meal draws the poorest children into the classroom where they gain the education that can set them free from poverty and reliance on aid.
A simple project to feed 200 children in 2002 in Malawi has become a rapidly growing global movement. More than 1.1 million children now eat Mary’s Meals every day in 12 of the world’s poorest countries.
Magnus will explain how the Mary’s Meals model has evolved and why it is so effective in delivering consistently in some of the world’s most challenging environments. And he will restate his belief that the vision of Mary’s Meals – that every child in this world of plenty can receive at least one good meal every day in their place of education – can indeed be achieved.