In 2001, the Supreme Court passed an order stating "A basic entitlement of every child in every Government and Government assisted Primary Schools with a prepared Mid-day Meal with a minimum content of 300 calories and 8–12 grams of protein each day of school for a minimum of 200 days"
The Mid-day Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide.
- The roots of the programme can be traced back to the Pre-Independence era, when a Mid-day Meal Programme was introduced in 1925 in Madras Corporation by the British administration. The Government of India initiated the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) on 15th August 1995.
- The Annamrita program is carried out in Government aided as well as non-aided Schools. In Government Aided schools, the Education Inspectors of The Education Department of the Government of Maharashtra allocate the schools. The same is approved by The Parent Teacher Association and the Management of these schools.
- The facility is available only for schools that have secular policy for admissions. For primary section each meal provides 12 grams of protein and 450 cal energy and for secondary section each meal provides 20 grams of protein and 700 cal energy. The government provides the raw rice and a minimum cooking charge of Rs 3.50 per child, the remainder of the expenses are borne by ourselves.
- We are only able to provide Mid Day Meals to Non Aided schools with donor support because Non aided schools are not covered under the Government of India, Mid Day Meal scheme. So non aided school meal project is completely managed and funded by Annamrita NGO through fundraising.
The objectives of the scheme are:
- Improve the effectiveness of primary education by improving the nutritional status of children thereby reducing malnutrition.
- Attract children from disadvantaged sections, especially girls from Dalits and Adivasi tribes to school, thereby increasing attendance, reducing dropout rates & promoting women empowerment through literacy.
- Promote a feeling of oneness and secularism amongst various different religions and cultures.
A majority of the population in India is still unable to get at least one complete square meal a day. Annamrita has resolved to liberate the underprivileged children from the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy by serving them sanctified and nutritious Mid-Day meals. We aim to provide the children with satvik ahaar that helps them with the right nutrition in their formative years.
The recipients of the Mid Day Meal primarily consist of children from slum and tribal areas. For many the meal we provide may be the only meal they receive in the entire day. So we strive to ensure that the Mid-Day Meal is healthy, nutritious and packed with all the important fibres, vitamins and nutrients required for the healthy growth of the child. Our meals are customised as per the regional or local taste and provisions by the government.