On 08th September 2023 MoU was signed with Maharashtra Education department for serving daily morning nutrition at Government schools in rural areas. Agreement has been reached to start morning nutrition on a pilot basis in 5 districts of Maharashtra namely – Kolhapur, Sindhudurg, Ahmednagar, Pune, Mumbai for close to 10,000 children. This is apart from 3000 children which Annapoorna Trust is already serving since 2022 in Vidarbha region.
Sharad Gosavi – Director of Primary Education, Mohan Mule – Superintendent of Mid-Day Meal & Ankush Shahgantwar – Education Department represented the Government. Santosh Allath – National Manager represented Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust during the sign off. Santosh also briefed the model adopted in Telangana state in association with state & central governments wherein SaiSure Millet (Ragi) Multi Nutrient Health Mix with Jaggery is served to 25,00,000 children in 33 districts. Director was keen to know about this intervention and feasibility of getting it started in the state of Maharashtra as well.
SaiSure Millet (Ragi) Multi Nutrient Health Mix with Jaggery will be served to children as part of morning nutrition. The health mix is easily prepared by boiling with water, along with jaggery. Jaggery, an excellent source of iron, calcium, and phosphorus, also adds to the nutritional value of the drink.