The Supreme Court of India passed an order on November 28, 2001 directing the State Governments/Union Territories to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme by providing every child in every Government and Government assisted Primary School with a prepared mid-day meal.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which was by then successfully implementing its own school lunch programme in Karnataka, was called in to give testimonies for verifying the efficacy of the scheme; post which the mandate to implement Mid-Day Meal Scheme was passed.
Today, India's Mid-Day Meal Scheme is one of the largest school lunch programmes in the world.
Here is an article by Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which was published in ‘CSR Mandate’ magazine. The article discusses the issues of classroom hunger, malnutrition, deprivation of education, etc. and explains how the Mid-day Meal Scheme helps in tackling these issues to make children better equipped for the future.
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