Annapoorna Breakfast Programme
Nourishing the Nation through Nutrition
The Annapoorna Breakfast Programme was started in July 2012 to provide nutritious breakfast, free of cost, to underprivileged children in the outskirts of Bangalore. To begin with, the volunteers served breakfast every morning to the children of a small school from Doddabelle village. And in no time, it was noticed that the children’s attendance in the school improved, attention spans went up and their overall happiness quotient increased.
Motivated by the results, more schools were adopted. And what started as a service initiative benefitting about 50 children in 2012 has now grown to embrace more than 8,000 children across 120 centres in six Indian states.
The menu options, prepared under the professional guidance of nutrition experts, has been tailored to meet the calorie requirements of growing children. What’s more, breakfast is freshly cooked on campus by the local cooks, ensuring that it not only appeases the little palates but also generates employment opportunities to villagers.
To ensure that children continue to reap the benefits of healthful breakfast, Team Annapoorna reaches out to their village as a community, empowering the villagers to take charge of their development. Using the four-pronged inclusive approach, which is modelled on the 4Vs of Vidya, Vaidya, Vaari and Vidyuth, the Annapoorna programme has been designed to enable rural uplift and transformation.
You can watch a short video on the breakfast initiative here.
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