IMPACT of providing Grocery Kits to Mid Day Meal Cooks in collaboration with RIST-PFC – Phase I – Tumkur District – Karnataka

Annapoorna Trust in collaboration with ‘Rural India Supporting Trust’ (RIST) and ‘Partnerships For Change’ (PFC) has been reaching out to support GOVT MID DAY MEAL (MDM) COOKS.


As a part of this relief programme during Phase-I of the project, 1740 MDM cooks in Tumkur district of Karnataka state received 1 Month dry ration kits. Areas covered are Pavagada, Madhugiri & Koratagere taluk. Remaining 865 MDM cooks of Sira taluk would be covered in Phase II of implementation.


Second wave of covid has affected people of all walks of life as a surprise & has hit hard without much notice. The pandemic has affected all of us irrespective of age, occupation, and geography. The suffering is immense and there is a need for assistance and support on various fronts.

Details of the distribution is as below :





No of cooks

9th June 2021




11th June 2021




16th June 2021







Initial launch took place at Pavagada on 09th June in the presence of Japananda Swamiji – Ramakrishna Sevashrama, Venkataramanappa – MLA of Pavagada taluk, Hanumant Rayappa – Assistant Director of Akshara Dasoha, Kiran B P – Regional manager, Annapoorna Trust Karnataka, municipal chairman & other dignitaries.


Speaking on the occasion, Swamiji stated that milk was initially introduced to school children with the efforts of Shri Suresh Kumar – Education minister, Karnataka & our taluks MLA Venkataramanappa. Covid had temporarily halted the Morning Nutrition, Mid day meals and pushed the cooks into inactivity. He emphasized that in spite of the schools being closed, the cooks weren’t forgotten by NGO’s. Annapoorna trust in collaboration with ‘Rural India Supporting Trust’ (RIST) and ‘Partnerships For Change’ (PFC) have come forward to support the all MDM cooks across Tumkur district which is very essential & need based.


Local MLA Venkataramanappa also spoke at this event highlighting the importance of vaccination, wearing masks. He stressed on the point that teachers and cooks take care of children. Hence, it is mandatory for them to get vaccinated first & set an example. This would benefit when covid norms are relaxed & children start attending the school.

In Madhugiri, distribution took place on 11th June in the presence of Japananda Swamiji – Ramakrishna Sevashrama, M V Veerabhadraiah – MLA, Kiran B P – Regional manager, Karnataka Annapoorna Trust

Eventually in Kortagere, event took place on 16th June in the presence of Japananda Swamiji – Ramakrishna Sevashrama, Dr. G. Parameshwara – MLA of Koratagere & former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Rajiv R – Regional manager, Karnataka Annapoorna Trust.

Each kit consists of 10kg of rice, 2kg of wheat flour, 1 kg of toor dal, 1kg channa dal, 1L cooking oil, 2kg of sugar, 1kg of salt, vermicelli, chilly powder, jeera, mustard and turmeric.


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