The Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Programme aims to address the nutritional needs of children between the ages of 6 and 14 who are attending school. However, the health and well-being of children under 6, particularly those from economically weaker sections of society, remains a concern.
Akshaya Patra understands the importance of addressing this issue and has taken it upon ourselves to serve hygienically prepared nutritious food to around 150,000+ children between the age group 3 to 6 and about 10,000 nursing mothers. We believe it is our social responsibility to support and help mothers and young children who are in dire need of nutrition. The Foundation ensures that the child gets proper nutrition right from the mother’s womb, which is crucial for the child’s physical and mental development.
Insufficient food intake can slow down a child’s physical and mental development, and the consequences are often lifelong. Undernutrition leads to infections such as diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, TB, etc. Recognizing the gravity of this issue, The Akshaya Patra Foundation serves nutritious meals to children and pregnant and lactating mothers through this initiative. Providing children with nutritious meals will help in their proper physical development, and substantial reduction of malnutrition, child morbidity, and mortality rates in the area.