Morning Nutrition programme was launched by Annapoorna Trust in Hosur taluk of Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu on 28 November 2022.
Ragi Cereals Health Drink with jaggery, would be provided to 168 students in 2 schools for 3 days a week. The Trust has already been providing Morning Nutrition in Uthangarai taluk of Krishnagiri district for 2800 children across 51 schools. Now, the program has been expanded into Hosur taluk as well.
In the launch event held at a government school, Education Department officials, Headmaster and teachers of the school were present. Representing the BNI Symphony chapter were Sri Harish and his wife, Smt Sudha. From Annapoorna Trust, Mr. Santosh Allath – National Manager of Annapoorna Trust and Mr T Saravanan – Annapoorna Trust Coordinator of Tamil Nadu, were present.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Santosh Allath elaborated on the presence of the Trust in 23 states and 4 union territories, serving over 10,00,000 school-going children. He further elaborated on the importance of Morning Nutrition benefiting children in multiple ways, mainly, improvement in physical health and progress in academics. Children with filled stomachs have shown increased focus in classes and there have been remarkable increase in attendance as well.
The simple and humble finger millet is a superfood that offers a bounty of nutritional benefits encompassing all the essential macronutrients – carbohydrates, fibres, fats and proteins, along with noteworthy level of key micronutrients – vitamins and minerals. Being a good source of natural calcium, Ragi strengthens bones in growing children. The cooks need to just mix this Ragi Cereals health mix in the boiling water along with jaggery to give the sweet taste. Easy to prepare and tasty to drink, this health mix has received positive feedback from teachers, cooks and the children. It is considered one of the best foods for growing children. Currently, the Trust is providing this health drink to school-going children in South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
A wholesome nutritious meal to larger number of children, especially, from low economic strata is absolutely essential to maintain the nutritional status of children in India. With the vision to ensure ‘Let no child go to school hungry ever,’ Annapoorna Trust with the untiring efforts of volunteers, teachers and many others, has been increasing its reach to be a part of nourishing the nation, and beyond!