On 24th Nov 2022, Morning Nutrition programme was launched at ZPHS Girls High School, Korutla in Jagtial district. This would benefit nearly 9800 children across 77 government schools. This launch is an expansion of the program that was launched in August 2022 in the district.
The event was held in ZPHS Girls High School in the presence of government officials, Sri Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar Rao – MLA Metpalli Constituency, Sri G Pavan – Municipal Chairman, Sri Ayaaz – Municipal Commissioner of Korutla, Sri Rajesh – TRS Mandal President and the Headmaster of the school Sri G Bhoopathi – ZPHS Girls High School, Korutla, Sri Komaraiah – Jagtial district teachers coordinator, Sri K Srinivas – TRS District Team Member. Members of Annapoorna Trust – Sri Dhananjay Rao Ejapu – Regional coordinator of Telangana, Sri Srikanth Vooturi – District Coordinator of Jagtial, were also present.
During the event, Sri Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar Rao – MLA Metpalli constituency, reminisced his childhood days when he was given Ragi Health drink to be consumed on a daily basis which provided the required strength in mind, body and spirit. He encouraged the children to partake the drink for their healthy well-being and assured that the cooks will cooperate in this program and prepare this easy-to-make drink. Appreciating the Trust for giving this absolutely free-of-cost, he requested for starting of the program in the other mandals as well, under his constituency.
The Headmaster of the ZPHS Girls High School, Korutla – Sri G. Bhoopathi, shared his observation that there was delight and enjoyment of relish in the faces of the children after consuming the Ragi drink. He said this Morning Nutrition program is the need of the hour not only in his school, but also in all the government schools.
Sri Srikanth Vooturi – District Coordinator of Annapoorna Trust – Jagtial, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve 97th school (coinciding with 97th birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba) reaching 11,000 children in the entire district. ‘With the mission of eradicating malnutrition and hidden hunger, the Trust has been serving 23 States and 4 Union Territories with 10,00,000 school-going children every day,’ he said. Quoting statistics of 3000 children with malnutrition dying every day in India, there are still many government school children who come to school with empty or half-filled stomachs, he said that the Trust would reach all children with the vision of ‘Let No Child Go to School Hungry, Ever!’
Earlier in August 2022, Morning Nutrition was launched in Anantharam in Jagtial district benefiting 2500 children. Further expansion in other mandals – Metpelly, Ibrahim Patnam and Mallapur, have been planned as well. The children would be provided with ‘Ragi Cereals Health Drink’ on alternate days. A locally grown millet in most parts of South India, Ragi is savoured in this region. Also known as wonder grain, it is rich in proteins and minerals, and known to have tremendous health benefits, especially to growing children. Easy to prepare and tasty to drink, the cooks need to just mix this Ragi Cereals health mix in boiling water along with jaggery to give the sweet taste.