How we use cookies

The Mary’s Meals site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to improve our site.

This Cookie Policy relates to tracking technologies generally and therefore, for the purposes of this Policy, references to “cookies” incorporate references to all types of tracking technologies.

By continuing to use the Mary’s Meals website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies in accordance with this Cookie Policy.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are stored on your computer if you agree. They are transferred between the website’s server and your internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.

Cookies used by Mary’s Meals do not collect any personal information about you, but may be linked to personal information that you provide to us through your interaction with our site. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain (internet location) from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e. when does it expire), and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

Why we use cookies

Cookies do lots of different jobs on our website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, remembering your username and password, letting us analyse how well our website is performing, and improving your experience. They also help ensure that adverts you see whilst you are on our website and other websites are more relevant to you and your interests.

First and third party cookies

First party cookies are cookies that belong to us; third party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our website which we do not control. On some pages of our website we may include embedded content, for example from YouTube or Facebook. When you visit a page with embedded content, the service provider (for example, YouTube) may set its own cookies on your web browser to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you. We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

How long will cookies stay on my device?

The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.

What type of cookies do we use?

We want you to understand the different types of cookies that we use on our website. Some of these cookies are essential to the operation of our website. Others are not essential, but help to improve our website by collecting user information, or try and improve your experience of our website by remembering your choices. We also use cookies which collect information about your browsing habits in order to try and display advertising which is relevant to you and your interests. The type of cookies used on our website can be placed into 1 of 4 categories:

Strictly necessary cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

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This cookie is used to store our supporters logged in username and a 128bit encrypted key. This information is required to allow our supporters to stay logged in to our website without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, our supporters are unable to proceed to areas of the website that require authenticated access.

First party. Session.


We use Stripe to allow our supporters to make credit card payments online. Stripe uses a cookie to remember who our supporters are and to enable us to process payments without storing any credit card information on our own servers.

First party. Persistent.


Our website is built on software called Expression Engine. Expression Engine uses these cookies to track the last 5 pages our supporters viewed and the time of the last page load.

First party. Session and persistent.

Analytical/performance cookies

Analytical cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

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These cookies are used to collect information about our supporters use of our website. The cookies collect information including the number of supporters to the website, where supporters have come to the website from and the pages they visit.

First and third party. Session and persistent.

Functional cookies

Functional cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

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Our website is built on software called Expression Engine. Expression Engine uses this cookie to track the date of our supporters last visit.

First party. Persistent.


These cookies are used to identify our supporters location, this allows us to suggest the appropriate regional website based on their location.

First party. Persistent.

Targeting cookies

Targeting cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with any member of our group (Mary's Meals affiliates) for this purpose.

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This cookie will help deliver our advertising to people who have already visited our website when they are on Facebook or a digital platform powered by Facebook Advertising.

First party. Persistent.


Facebook cookies create a link between a supporters visit to our website and Facebook. The DATR cookie is used when a web browser accesses Facebook, and helps Facebook identify suspicious login activity and keep users safe.

Third party. Persistent.


These cookies help Facebook to provide our supporters with with more personalised advertisements, and also to measure and improve advertisements.

Third party. Persistent.

How to change your cookie settings

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. These settings are typically found in the options or preferences menu in your browser, further details of which can be found on published guides such as and However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

If you have any questions regarding the use of cookies on the Mary’s Meals website, please contact us.