As a token of gratitude and appreciation for the Mid-day meal staff who relentlessly serve the school-going children in government schools every single day, Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust came forward to provide sarees to nearly 60,000 cooks across the country and about 100 white dresses for male cooks. In addition, 25,00,000 chikki bars and pocket calendars were provided to each child, in the month of August 2023. The cooks are one of the main contributors to making the morning nutrition program successful. It is they, who diligently prepare the nutritious SaiSure health drink, every single day so that the children are provided with morning nutrition. Even during the COVID pandemic, due to the closure of schools, the cooks were pushed into inactivity. However, they were not forgotten. The Trust had then provided them with dry ration kits to ensure their welfare in grim times.
Children received chikki bars and pocket calendars in various schools across several districts in Karnataka from Annapoorna Trust. The Mid-day meal staff received sarees for their invaluable contribution to the nutrition mission.
Puducherry & Karaikal
In Puducherry, Mr. T. Konchu Mozhi Kumaran – Deputy Director, of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Directorate of School Education, along with Mr. M. Namachivayam – Hon’ble Minister of Education, and Mr. M. Thanaselvan Nehru – Chief Education Officer, Directorate of School Education, were actively present at the venue, Kamarajar Manimandapam, for the distribution of the sarees and chikki bars to the staff and children respectively on 23rd of August.
A similar distribution was carried out in Karaikal district as well.
A few humbling pictures of distribution in various districts like Cuddalore, Hosur, Krishnagiri, Kodaikanal, Dindigul, Thirupathur, of Tamil Nadu.
Happy faces of Mid-day meal cooks & associated staff were witnessed in Kerala state.
Sarees were also distributed in Satyavedu of Tirupati district.
In Northern part of India distribution of sarees took place at Delhi, Palwal, Bijnor, Ayodhya & Ghaziabad.
Likewise, distribution of sarees, pocket calendars & chikkis took place at Goa, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh states.