The Mid day Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide also known as Mid-Day-Meal Programme. The programme supplies free lunches for children in primary and upper primary classes in government and government aided schools.
The main objectives of the programme are:
a) To increase enrollment, retention and to tone up the learning abilities of the beneficiaries, especially of children belonging to poor and downtrodden sections of the society.
b) To provide nutritious meal to the school going children to achieve the goal of healthy mind in healthy body.
c) To promote friendship and feelings of common brotherhood among the children belonging to different caste, colour and creed by providing meals to them together and also to increase their retention in schools.
The nutritional guidelines for the minimum amount of food and calories per child per day are:
|Item||Primary (class one ┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á
|Upper primary (class six to eight)|
|Protein (in grams)||12||20|
|Rice/wheat (in grams)||100||150|
|Dal (in grams)||20||30|
|Vegetables (in grams)||50||75|
|Oil and Fat (in grams)||5||7.5|
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