School Mid-day Meals


On  28 November 2001, the Supreme Court directed state governments to introduce cooked mid-day meals in all government and government-assisted primary schools within six months.  This landmark order was one of the first achievements of the right to food campaign. The order was followed by organised public pressure, was followed by organised public pressure, including a country-wide "day of action on mid-day meals" in April 2002. In response, all state governments have initiated mid-day meal (MDM) programmes. 

Today, with more than 120 million children covered, India's school mid-day meal programme is by far the largest nutrition initiative in the world.

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