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Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow        

Author, Activist and Founder of "Mary's Meals," a Program Designed to Feed Hungry Children

Born in Aberdeen in 1968, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow started his career as a fish farmer. When the Balkan conflict began, he and Fergus, his brother, were so moved by the scenes on television that in 1992 they gathered a jeep load of aid and joined a convoy travelling to Medjugorje in Bosnia.

On his return home, Magnus discovered that the public had carried on donating, filling his parents garage in Dalmally with goods. Magnus gave up his job for a year to drive the aid out for as long as it was needed and kept being given. Donations did not stop and soon became necessary to set up as a registered charity, then known as Scottish International Relief.

Today, Mary's Meals provides nutritious daily meals to 989,791 children across four continents. Its vision is for every child to receive a daily meal in a place of education.

Magnus was named one of 2010's 'Top Ten Heroes' by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Years Honours list. He was also named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2015.


Mary's Meals feeds 1 million kids each school day -

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and his Mary's Meals program give a life-changing gift to schoolchildren weekdays in 12 countries -- a free, nutritious meal.

CNN Heroes: Mary's Meals milestone - CNN Video

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and his nonprofit hit a major milestone in their efforts to provide free, nutritious meals to schoolchildren around the world.

Book review: The Shed That Fed a Million Children by Magnus ...

For Scottish Catholic Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the adventure that led to his international charity, Mary's Meals, began one morning in 1983, when he was 15.

Mary's Meals founder finalist for humanitarian award

THE founder of Scottish charity Mary's Meals has been named as a finalist for a major humanitarian award.

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