Mid Day Meal Program
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Havells India Limited
Mid day meal program
Mid - Day Meal & Nutrition
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Keeping in mind the importance of proper nutrition for school-going children, the company started its mid-day meal program way back in 2005 in government schools of Alwar district in Rajasthan. The program started with serving mid-day meal to about 1500 children in 5 schools daily and today we serve over 58000 children across 688 schools across Alwar district every day.
Till February 2017, Havells has served over 66 million meals to students and impacted lives of millions of Children.
The state-of-the-art kicthen sperads over an area of over 4 acre and employs a dedicated staff of about 160 people including cooks, helpers, drivers, and distributors, to ensure timeliness, quality and hassle-free provision of the meals every day.Operational efficiency is achieved through the use of conveyors to prepare food like chappatis at a large scale. Automation in food preparation and cooking operations leads to minimum human intervention to maintain hygiene. Special vans are owned by the Company to quickly distribute freshly-cooked food to schools at lunch time.
Ownership of the entire mid-day meal value chain from procurement of food materials to, food preparation, storage and transportation to school, gives the company control over the quality and hygiene of the meals. This goes in line with Havells philosophy of providing the best quality in all company offerings. Proper government-approved diet charts are used as guides to prepare weekly menus to suit the tastes and nutritional requirement of children.
In 2014-15, the Havells mid-day meal program was honoured with the Child Rights Champion Award by C.R.Y. (Child Rights and You).
We recently conducted an Impact Assessment study the MDM Program. The broad findings of the study are listed below:
- There is a notable improvement in Body Mass Index (BMI) amongst girls studying in schools where the Havells program has been running for more than five years (average 14.3) as compared to 13.7 average for girls in schools where the program has been running for past 3 years.
- There was an average enrolment growth of 10 to 15% in the partner schools. The Head Teachers, SMC Members and Parents interviewed for the study attributed this growth to nutritious and tasty food provided in the school as it appealed to both parents and students.
- The average number of dropouts in the partner schools declined over three consecutive academic years (2013to 2016). Considerable decrease was seen in average dropout rate of girls in upper primary section as it came down to 6 in academic year 2015-2016 from 24 (2014-2015). Similarly, average dropout rate of boys in primary sections saw a steady decline from 9 to 4 over the three years.
- Increased Interest in Going to SchoolThe Havells MDM Program helped improve student’s concentration and thereby academic performance. It was shared by 44% of the interviewed parents that because their children now don’t stay hungry or come back home to eat lunch, they study with better concentration and willingness.
- Reduced Burden on Teachers
We work with the following objectives:
Provide and improve nutritional support to children in primary and middle classes students in Government schools.
Encouraging children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities.