On 18th December 2023, the Morning Nutrition program was launched in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
About 1200 government school-going children will be benefited from the Fortified Ragi and Jaggery drink. Ragi, also known as Finger Millet, is a rich source of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and other important minerals and vitamins. It is considered a superfood because of its numerous health benefits, especially for children. Rich in the essential mineral, Calcium, Ragi is an excellent food choice for building strong bones and teeth. Iron content in Ragi helps in the production of healthy blood, and Fibre content regulates digestion. Ragi, due to its high nutrition content, should be considered an essential part of the daily diet of every child.
At the launch event, the HMs of schools participated along with the AO (Accounts Officer), Ms. Sushma Kharade, Mr. Santosh Allath – National manager of Annapoorna Trust, and Mr. Anil Lingayat – Senior Executive Operations of Annapoorna Trust. They were trained to prepare the SaiSure Millet Multi Nutrient Health drink with jaggery. School management & locals in Sindhudurg already refer it as ‘energy drink,’ the children liked the taste of it and said they would drink it every day.
Ms. Sushma Kharade requested all the HMs and teachers to take a keen interest and assist the cooks in the preparation of the Ragi malt, and further instructed them to ensure all children are served during the morning assembly.
Mr. Santosh Allath – National manager of Annapoorna Trust spoke at the gathering about the health benefits of SaiSure Millet (Ragi) Multi Nutrient Health Mix with Jaggery. Consisting of the essential micro and macronutrients, he said it is a wholesome meal, and the children will not feel hungry for 2-3 hours after consuming it. He also mentioned its indirect benefits of increased concentration on studies and improvement in their health parameters. He requested the support and active participation of the HMs, teachers, and cooks, without which this cannot be a mass movement benefiting one and all.
The healthy development of children is crucial to the future well-being of any society. They must be given a good environment to thrive, with good health and nutrition. Investing in the welfare of children is one of the most important things a society can do to build a better future.