Hunger is an important cause as well as an effect of poverty. According to the United Nations report, India is home to over 30% of almost 385 million children living in extreme poverty.
Annamrita Foundation (previously known as ISKCON Food Relief Foundation) is a not-for-profit, non-religious, non-sectarian public charitable trust formed on April 23, 2004, and registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. We believe that food is a fundamental right and inadequate nutrition not only affects the physical, mental, and emotional health of children adversely but also restricts their learning ability, development opportunities and effective participation in the community.
Annamrita operates the Mid-Day Meal program with an aim to provide hygienically cooked, balanced and nutritious meals to students in Municipal and Government aided schools, free of cost.
Some benefits of the Mid-Day Meal program are mentioned below:
• It works as an incentive for poor children and their parents to come to school. In this way, it helps to literate the population of the country.
• It promotes equality among various social castes as the same meal is eaten by every child together.
• It can also result in reducing the poverty level in the long-term because more people will be educated after some years and they will contribute towards the economy.
Annamrita started back in 1974 when Srila Prabhupada noticed a group of village children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. Shocked and saddened by what he saw, he turned to his disciples and said, “No one within a ten-mile radius of our temples should go hungry”.
Being inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s vision, IFRF partnered with the Government of India when they launched a strategic program in 1994 called the Midday Meal Scheme to fight two of the most pressing problems of India – hunger and illiteracy, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation saw an excellent opportunity to support by providing children with the right nutrition to supplement their education and attract them to school.
Annamrita Foundation serves over 1.2 million meals every single day, through its 20 ISO certified hi-tech kitchens across India. We have a presence in 7 states namely - Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.
It takes just Rs750/- to feed a child for an entire year. This work is done without any commercial motive and the benefits are available to needy students at large without any discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed or gender.
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Annamrita Foundation believes that food is a fundamental right. Inadequate nutrition not only affects physical, mental,