Project Bal Aarogya - Mid Day Meal Scheme | Introduction
Mid Day Meal Scheme
A hungry child is less likely to attend school regularly. Hunger drains them of their will and ability to learn. Chronic hunger can lead to malnutrition. Chronic hunger also delays or stops the physical and mental growth of children.

A recent survey suggests that school meals have made a promising start around the country. Improved mid-day meal programmes could have a major impact on school attendance, child nutrition, and social equity. Nutritious mid-day meal needs to be recognized as an integral part of a healthy school environment and this recognition needs to be reflected in permanent legal entitlements as well as in political priorities and financial allocations.

The mid-day meal scheme is a school meal program which started in India in the 1960s and provides free food to children in government schools. This scheme encourages poor children belonging to the weaker sections of the society to attend schools more regularly. The scheme has further increased the enrollment of children in school and minimized the number of drop out rates. Poor or insufficient nutrition over time means that children are too small for their age, and susceptible to diseases like measles or dysentery, which can kill malnourished children.