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Milton Keynes charity receives surprise royal visit from King Charles III

The team from St Mark’s Meals, a local Milton Keynes based charity dedicated to helping children who are experiencing food poverty, were surprised by a visit from King Charles III to their warehouse this week.

His Majesty the King came to Milton Keynes on Thursday to attend a celebratory reception to mark Milton Keynes’ new status as a city. He then requested to visit MK Foodbank and St Mark’s Meals.

“We share a workspace with MK Foodbank who had been asked to host His Majesty the King. But it was all a big secret. The place has never looked so tidy and a small army of foodbank volunteers arrived to meet a special guest along with our staff at St Mark’s Meals.” said Angie Row, Project Co-ordinator at St Mark’s Meals.

“When the carpark was empty, there were police guards at the door and we knew the King was in Milton Keynes that day, it became likely that he would be paying us a visit. We were so pleased that he spent time talking to each of us and looking at our Meals boxes.

Those same boxes we showed The King have now been delivered to a local Children’s Centre for distribution to families who are struggling.

Angie continued, “He asked me if we get much feedback from the children that use our boxes. When I told him that the curry was popular, he seemed surprised and said he hoped it wasn’t too spicy for children!”

St Mark's Meals provide meal kit boxes to schools all across Milton Keynes so that teachers can give a box away to feed the whole family whenever they see there is a need.

Rev Paul Oxley, founder of St Mark’s Meals, said, “We know that children sometimes go hungry because there isn’t enough food at home, we wanted to change that to make sure that a good Meal is always available to children whenever they need it.”

Anyone interested in supporting the work of St Mark’s Meals can do so by making a one-off or regular donation, fundraising, or simply joining the mailing list on the St Mark’s Meals website.


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