The Mid Day Meal programme aims at providing healthy vegetarian meals to children studying in slum communities in Mumbai, India. Currently, more than 43% of children in Indian slums are malnourished and nearly 70% are undernourished and underweight. The Government of India runs a mid day meal programme for state owned schools and not for unaided private schools and study centres in slums Dharma Bharathi Mission wishes to bridge this gap and help these neglected children
India is a country of great economic dividence. A large number of children go to small community schools and slum schools which are run privately. These students are mostly undernourished and malnourished. The Government run meal programme in India is unable to cover a large number of students due to lack of resources. Due to this, a decent majority is neglected or is out of reach for the government.
The Dharma Bharathi Mission was started with the mission of creating a "Hunger Free India". With our mid day meal programme, we try to go to community schools and slum schools that are not reached by the government. Our project plays a role of filling the gap left by the limited resources possessed by the authorities. By providing these mid day meals, we assure that these children are not ignored and receive at least one nutritious meal a day.
Currently, Dharma Bharathi Mission works with 6 schools providing meals to 1100 children in the age group of 5 to 15. These children have shown better attendance in school, increased concentration and focus on studying and better overall health and growth. We believe that Food is the most basic right of any human being and over the next few years, we will reach out to more than 5000 children across 25 schools in Mumbai. These children will save themselves from malnutrition and everyday hunger.