With the govt. schools re-opening, the introduction of morning nutrition is sure to bring a positive impact, both for the school children and the teaching staff. Along with the support of the teachers and staff at Yerragondapalem & Markapuram constituency in Prakasam district, Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust continues to expand free nutrition program for school children in this region.
In the pilot phase, 5000 to 7000 children at both locations will be provided with Ragi Malt – nutritious health drink made out of Ragi and Jaggery on alternate days. In a phased manner, all the 28,000 school children in Yerragondapalem and 31,000 school children in Markapuram regions will receive this morning nutrition.
On 28th July 2022, the official launch of Morning Nutrition Program took place in Yerragondapalem Mandal of Prakasam district. Mr. Audimulapu Suresh – Honourable Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) was the chief guest. Other dignitaries present during the launch were Mr. T Lakshmi Narasamma – Village Sarpanch Yendrapalli, Mandal Revenue Officer & Revenue Divisional Officer, Mr. TVSL Satyanarayana – Pedda Swamy, Mr. R Vagya Nayak – ZPTC Pulla Cheruvu, Ms. Siva Lakshmi – RDO MRK, Mr. Madha Lazar – MPP Pulla Cheruvu, Mr. K Dass – MRO Pulla Cheruvu, Ms. M Rajya Lakshmi – MPDO Pulla Cheruvu, K Tulasi Mallikarjun Nayak, Mr. P Anjaneyalu – MEO Yerragondapalem, Mr. Mastan Nayak – MEO Dornala & Pedda Aravedu, Ms. Rizvana Sultana – Yendrapalli MPPS Head Mistress.
Annapoorna Trust was represented by our Trustees, Mr. Anand Kadali, Mr. Sai Prasad Ivaturi, Mr. Jayaprakash Tallam & Mr. Prabhakar Gupta along with Mr. Surendra Babu – Andhra Pradesh co-ordinator.
Mr. Audimulapu Suresh – Minister for Municipal administration & Urban development addressed the gathering and said, “My humble salutations at the lotus feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba & Sadguru Madhusudan Sai. It is the noble idea of Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust to provide nutritious food at Govt. schools in rural areas. The Trust is now serving more than 35,000 children in the state of Andhra Pradesh. My best wishes to the donors who are behind this noble programme of providing morning nutrition to more than 500,000 children in 22 states & 3 union territories. Annam has taken the form of Para Brahman for the hunger-stricken school going children who are being provided stomach full of food by this Trust under the guidance of Founder & Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust – Sadguru Madhusudan Sai.
I prostrate myself in front of Sadguru for this noble idea of filling the children’s stomach with healthy and nutritious first meal of the day. This results in school children concentrating well in academics and also having good health. These children will eventually become better citizens of our nation. Not only Government, but institutions like Annapoorna Trust also have taken up the responsibility of uplifting the society. Many of them have quit their jobs which would have earned them lakhs of rupees and have come forward to serve the society. Sathya Sai Baba used to tell, “Manav Seva is Madhav Seva”. On behalf of my constituency, I thank Mr. Anand Kadali & Mr. Sai Prasad Ivaturi of Annapoorna Trust. We promise to our lord to provide 100% support to this program and make it successful. Annapoorna Trust has set a target of serving more than 100,000 children in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We are here to support them and achieve this target of serving 100,000 children.”
On the same day, Morning Nutrition Program launch took place at Markapuram mandal as well in the presence of Mr. Nagarjuna Reddy – MLA of Markapuram constituency.
Mr. Nagarjuna Reddy – MLA Markapuram was appreciative of the work done by the Trust and said, “Under the guidance of Sadguru Madhusudan Sai – Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust located at Muddenahalli, Karnataka has come forward to provide morning nutrition in Markapuram mandal in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. They have been serving in many states and union territories across the nation. In a phased manner they plan to provide morning nutrition to the entire 31,000 school children in this region. From this day onwards, Government school children will be provided nutritious health drink made from Ragi and Jaggery every alternate day. The Trust had discussions with HMs, BEOs and teachers of all 4 mandals in Markapuram regarding this project. This kind of service rendered by Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust is very appreciable.”