The Mid-day Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to better the nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide. Annapurna Anand Bhandar is an effort by People’s Forum to provide nutritious food to the school children under Centralized Kitchen System in Odisha. The food cooked in these kitchens is hygienic, edible as well as supplied to the schools through specially designed thermost vehicles. The mission is to feed 2 million children by 2020.
Developmental Progress- At present the Khordha kitchen is serving Mid-Day Meals to 4400 children, covering both Khordha (45 schools) and Jatni (22 schools) NACs respectively. And the Nayagarh Kitchen is serving around 2500 children in 15 schools.
Two new kitchens have already been established at Khordha and Nayagarh which have the capacity to serve up to 26000 children, 13000 by each kitchen, so as to cover all blocks of Nayagarh and Khordha districts.
Construction of more kitchens to have the serving capacity of 40000 students in different clusters which can cover up to 1200 Govt. registered Schools and 100000 Children.