How Children in Telangana Benefit from the Mid-Day Meal Schemeby Akshaya Patra NGO in India - Akshaya Patra
The menu of the mid-day meal being served in Telangana schools is a formidable example of how healthy food catered to children should be. Nutritious meals help children in fighting hidden hunger because they take care of essential minerals and vitamins that are important for the growth of a child.
The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation in Telangana. The menu of the mid-day
meal comprises of pulses such as toor
dal, fortified soy dal, green gram whole, urad dal, peas, moong dal, cow pea,
green gram sprouts, soy products like- chunks, flakes, gram dal, bengal gram
whole, channa dal, etc.
These are high in fibre, low in fat and have complex
carbohydrates which is healthy for the body. Pulses provide folate that is
known for lowering homocysteine levels. It has been proven that high
homocysteine levels damage the lining of arteries and promotes plaque build-up
and blood clots. Eventually, this kind of damage can block blood flow to the
heart or brain. Thus, when pulses are served to children from an early age,
they develop stronger folate levels that fight the risk of heart attack as the
charity The Akshaya Patra Foundation is observing Hunger Action Month,
as part of which, they are aiming at fighting against hidden hunger. In India, many
children are deprived of nutritious meal. As a result, their growth remains
stunted. A child is known to be suffering from hidden hunger when he is
deprived of a wholesome meal.
At Akshaya Patra, the menu of mid-day meal is designed
with utmost care, in order to make the food tasty and healthy. The menu is changed
every day so that the children relish it with equal enthusiasm. Pulses form an
integral part of the mid-day meal scheme in Telangana. They are
also a rich source of iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
While serving these mid-day meals to children in
Telengana, the Foundation ensures that the food is cooked in hygienic
conditions. The Foundation’s state-of-the-art
kitchens which are equipped with
latest technology enable the employees to cook food using a systematic
procedure. It currently has 33 kitchens across the country. Over 1.6 million
children benefit from this initiative.
Children need a lot of energy in their adolescence as
they participate in a lot of sports. A meal that’s rich in pulses helps
regulate the energy levels and manage digestive system. The meals served to
children have enough nutritious value to ensure that the body gets a
slow-burning and steady energy supply. The iron content in these diets helps
transporting oxygen into the body which in turn boosts energy production and
The mid-day meal scheme in Telengana aims at providing
considerable amount of wholesome lunch to school children. The children’s
charity is ensuring that children coming to Government and Government-aided
schools don’t go home hungry.
If you wish to join hands in the mission, be a part of this cause and donate to charity today.
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