Spread over 10 states in India, the Annamrita project is spearheading the country’s fight against poverty and illiteracy, providing hygienic, nutritious, and tasty meals to more than 120,000 students. ISKCON’s food relief foundation has implemented the midday meal scheme of the Government of India under the name of ‘Annamrita.’ The Midday-Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide. The government provides the raw rice and a minimum cooking charge of Rs 3.50 per child, the remainder of the expenses are borne by ourselves.
To many children, Annamrita provides their only complete meal for the entire day. This nutritional meal has produced dramatic results in terms of increased enrolment at schools, retained attendance levels, reduced drop-out rates and the improved attention spans of the students. The Annamrita kitchen near GEV caters to almost 30,000 students from 400 schools.