Mary’s Meals – Back Pack Project

Category: Collectathon

Mary’s Meals is a Scottish charity started in 2002. That year 200 children were being fed one good meal every school day in a place of education, we are now doing this for just over 2 million children! We work in 19 countries and feed around 30% of all primary school children in Malawi and Liberia.

Whilst 99% of what we do is feeding young children at school, we also do one other amazing project – The Backpack Project.

We ask people to fill backpacks with:

Pencils, pens, crayons
Eraser, sharpener
Rule, pencil case, towel
Shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress
Flip-flops or sandals, small ball (e.g tennis ball)
Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and spoon

All these items (except Soap, Toothbrush and Toothpaste) can be recycled. Each bag needs to be labelled for a boy/girl and their age (between the ages of 4-12). please don’t be tempted to put in anything extra e.g sweets as this causes problems at customs.

Please note that due to ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect on global transportation logistics, our warehouse facility is currently full. While we work to resolve this we will be asking groups to store the back packs until such time as we can arrange collection.

Once a minimum of 5 backpacks have been filled please contact us by email –

As soon as we are able to arrange your collection we will then send you some large white sack(s) along with instructions on how to get the white sack(s) picked up.