Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Anganwadis- Significant beneficiaries of mid-day meal programme

Anganwadis are one of the significant beneficiaries of mid-day meal programme.  Anganwadi is an initiative of the Government of India to aid toddlers and lactating mothers of the economically backward section of the society. This programme aims at contributing towards the health and nutrition of the children and mothers. This programme is implemented across the country.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation that provides mid-day meal in Visakhapatnam is also involved in providing mid-day meal to about 304 Anganwadi schools in this location. Through this feeding initiative, this Visakhapatnam children NGO feeds around 40, 000 Anganwadi children, every day.

Operating as an Andhra Pradesh NGO, the effort of Akshaya Patra is well appreciated by the Anganwadi officials. Here is a quick review of the same. Anganwadi Supervisor of T.R Nagar Sector, S. Pushpavathi appreciates the efforts of this Andhra Pradesh NGO in carrying out the mid-day meal programme efficiently. She says, "Earlier, we faced a lot of issues regarding manpower, cooking process and storage. But, since Akshaya Patra has taken up the responsibility, we are relieved of all these issues. The best part is that this Andhra Pradesh NGO takes care of everything starting from accurately following the nutritional chart till delivering the freshly cooked food without any delay.” She further adds, “There has been a significant improvement in the mental and physical growth of the babies and the mothers. The malnourishment percentage has also seen a significant drop.”

This Andhra Pradesh NGO looks to further increase its reach. For this, it requires community participation and involvement. It gives you many options to offer a helping hand to the existing beneficiaries of mid-day meal programme and also towards increasing the reach of Akshaya Patra. Some of them are online donation, CSR contribution, large donations, and voluntary participation. Every bit of your contribution towards this Andhra Pradesh NGO has the potential to benefit millions of beneficiaries of mid-day meal programme. Help Akshaya Patra in its effort to build a healthy and educated future.


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