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Naandi Foundation: The Midday Meal Program
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Naandi Meal - tamarind rice, sambhar, Sweet rice
Naandi Meal - tamarind rice, sambhar, Sweet rice
Adopting standardised procedures for the preparation and delivery of daily hot cooked meals to students of government schools, Naandi Foundation hopes to address the correlated problems of malnutrition and low school attendance.

In 2001, a revised policy altered the Midday Meal Programme (MDM) launched by the Government of India in 1995, henceforth making it compulsory for the meal to be a hot cooked one. The mode of implementation was left to the discretion of the states.

In 2002, the Government of Andhra Pradesh asked Naandi Foundation, an established not-for-profit organization to develop a system to administer the MDM programme in Hyderabad. Naandi leveraged its business principles of economies of scale and performance management to execute the task. It developed partnerships with various organisations and combined best practices to facilitate the programme.

With its first kitchen in Hyderabad, launched in 2003, Naandi has now successfully replicated its standardised procedures of preparing, packaging, transporting and delivering nutrient-rich meals using state-of-the-art technology, supported by proper monitoring and feedback mechanisms across five states – Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Chattisgarh.

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