An Initiative of Navsrushti International Trust

Mid-Day Meal

FIGHTING HUNGER

THE MID-DAY MEAL PROGRAM

  • India has the highest number of children who are malnourished, about 57 million in all.
  • Around six thousand poor children die every day due to malnutrition.
  • An equal number would be marginally malnourished or at least suffer from subnutrition.

IT’S TIME WE ACT

Child malnourishment and hunger-borne diseases are widespread in India, with more than 57 million children affected.

The flagship programme of Dharma Bharathi Mission has the goal to fight child hunger by providing mid-day meals for unaided schools in unprivileged areas in India.
The first mid-day meals were distributed to the eastern neighbourhoods of Mumbai, which are known for their garbage dumping yards. These slum areas are dominated by dirt, disease and insufficient infrastructure.
Mid-day meals are often the only nutritious meal children of these areas are receiving as the family cannot provide food to the numerous family members. Until today Dharma Bharathi Mission has supplied over two million meals to children.

METHODOLOGY

  • Mid-day Meal was introduced in the schools in and around the
    DBM centre in Govandi.
  • Meals are provided to school children at lunch time for the entire
    year.
  • Hygienically prepared meals are transported by Dharma Bharathi
    Mission in Mumbai.
  • In the other units such as Lucknow, Nasik and Nagpur needy
    areas have been identified and Mid-Meals are provided by
    volunteers themselves in Matru Bhavans.
  • Health checkups are done twice a year – to arrest malnutrition as most of the children are underweight malnourished or anemic. Health check up helps to identify issues and bring corrective measures.

 

IMPACT

  • For many children, the DBM mid-day meal is their only complete
    meal that they have access to during the entire day.
  • Program resulted in significant increase of enrollment in schools,
    improved attendance levels, reduced drop-out rates and better
    attention spans.
  • Apart from reducing malnourishment this is one way to ensure
    their regular attendance to school.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP


  • WE WANT TO HELP TO AS MANY AS WE CAN

    As a non-profit we have limited resources. Your contribution will help us reach out to more people who need us.

  • YOUR SUPPORT WILL BRING MORE ENERGY

    Our donors are the organisation’s life force. Our children depend on your support.

  • YOU HELP US REACH NEW AUDIENCES

    We are sure that you would like to talk about our work with your friends and family. This way we hope we have more people knowing about our work.

DONATE TO THIS PROGRAM

We feed close to 2500+ young kids every day throughout the year in 18 schools all over India. We are constantly looking for partners to support the infrastructural and financial needs of the program.

 

Your small contribution can have a huge impact on a child :

Support one child’s meals for a quarter – INR 750
Support one child meal for a year – INR 3000

Want to know more?
Email Us at dbmindia1@gmail.com
or Give us a call at 022 2352 8899

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