During our childhood days, we would pulsate with so much energy that our parents would find it difficult to tame us. Remember how you escaped from your mom’s clutches to go and play with your friends? Do you remember the days when you constantly engaged yourself in some games or activities to keep yourself from disturbing others or bombarding your parents with un-answerable questions? This is what high energy levels would do to you.
Ever wondered how children have such high energy levels? The secret lies in the food that our parents fed us. No amount of our nagging or saying ‘I am full’ could stop our parents. Call this love or call this concern, our parents knew the best. Food is the biggest source of energy for children. For children who hail from challenging backgrounds cannot afford wholesome meals. Here Midday Meal Scheme comes by as a potential intervention.
FACT: A child between 4-8 years needs a minimum of 1200-1400 calories a day.
When children are in the developing stages of their lives (6-14 years); given the high metabolism in children, food gets digested faster and is absorbed very easily. Which makes it all the more essential to increase nutritional content in meals.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation aims to cater food to those children who come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. It feeds 1.8 million children by implementing the Midday Meal Programme on an everyday basis. It addresses the nutritional gaps to fight long-term hunger which in turn increases concentration levels of children. This NGO in India has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. It operates in 51 locations of 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India. With the vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, it aims to feed 5 million children by 2025.
The nutritious meals that the Foundation serves, becomes an incentive for young children which in turn opens doors to education and opportunities. Healthy and wholesome meals improve children’s nutritional and health status, which ensure better cognitive development.
How can you contribute towards Akshaya Patra’s cause?
The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been working relentlessly since 2000 to nourish children with healthy school meals. In order to support the development of children, you can make an online donation to the NGO with an amount of ₹1100 to feed 1 child for an entire academic year. If each one of us thinks and contributes towards the development of children studying in Government and Government-aided schools, we can ensure a healthy upcoming generation of Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Data Analysts, Directors, Photographers and Choreographers and much more.