SaiSure Millet Multi Nutrient Morning Nutrition program was launched by Annapoorna Trust in Kolhapur district at a government school in Vadanage on 13th December 2023.
As part of this pilot launch in the district, 2000 school-going children will receive SaiSure Millet (Ragi) Multi Nutrient Health Mix with jaggery in Kolhapur district.
Ragi or finger millet offers a bounty of nutritional benefits encompassing all the essential macronutrients – carbohydrates, fibers, fats, and proteins, along with a noteworthy level of key micronutrients – vitamins B, C, and E, and minerals to boost immune, skin, and hair health. Being a good source of natural calcium, Ragi strengthens bones in growing children. Ragi malt with jaggery is said to be a good medicine in the prevention of anaemia.
The launch program was attended by all the HMs of schools that were part of the pilot launch. The Superintendent of MDM – Mr. Akurdikar was present at the event and offered his full support for this program and requested all the HMs assembled to join hands in this noble cause. He further went on to say that very few organisations come to remote areas to serve the people there. Appreciative of the fact that, Annapoorna Trust has come forward to serve in these hinterlands. He requested the HMs to serve the children with love and affection and to be alert enough not to miss out on any child.
Mr. Santosh Allath – National Manager of Annapoorna Trust, Mr. Anil Lingayat – Senior Executive Operations, and Mr. Satish Mane – Annapoorna Trust volunteer in Kolhapur district were present at the event. Mr. Satish Mane, who is an active volunteer of Annapoorna Trust in Kolhapur district, offered his support to all schools on behalf of the Trust for smooth functioning and logistics in preparation and planning. Mr. Anil Lingayat – senior executive and in charge of the Maharashtra region, demonstrated the method of preparation of SaiSure Millet (Ragi) Multi Nutrient Health Mix with jaggery to the teachers and cooks present at the program.
A number of research-based studies indicate that children on millet-based diets showed more signs of growth and development. Rich in nutrients, it has proven to have helped overcome malnutrition in children. Nutrition intervention programs such as these will surely go a long way toward better health of the child.