Mid-Day Meal
With a view to enhancing enrolment and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children - the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDM) was started in Champdany in 2005. The program; supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body and Child With Special Need (CWSN) schools, supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, controlled by the School Education Department. The program has been taken up throughout India under the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
The world’s largest school feeding program is reaching out to about 10745 children in 62 schools across Champdany Municipality jurisdiction. Over 180 Cook-cum-Helpers are working in various eligible schools under Cooked Mid-Day Meal Program(CMDM).
The District Magistrate and SDO are mainly responsible for implementation of the scheme. Similarly, DI, ADI and SI of Schools are responsible for day to day monitoring of the school. All Schools under Champdany Municipality are entrusted to submit their up-to-date Report (Annual, Monthly and Health) within a specific time to Champdany Municipality, Mid-day Meal Section for analysing and better implementation of the scheme. The effective implementation is possible for this public utility scheme is, only by positive feelings of teachers, parents and respective personnel.
Objectives of the Program:
The key objectives of the Program are:
1) Mid Day Meal has assure of a free lunch every day for their children helped the poor families that, engulfed in poverty, hunger and starvation.
2) It aims to address “classroom hunger” and encourage poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities.
3) School feeding program serve as a very effective mechanism for strengthening the socialisation process. It helps to break the caste and class barriers.
4) This program has created a very congenial atmosphere for education, health growth and overall well-being of the poor and needy children.
5) The Scheme has created various good habits in children, such as washing one’s hands before and after eating, use of clean water , good hygiene etc.
6) Mid-day meal Scheme also generate employment to poor families as Cook-cum-Helper, Rice suppliers and distributors etc.
Sl Type of Schools Number of Schools No. of Students enjoying Mid-day Meal
1.      Primary          34             5706
2.  Upper Primary          12             5884
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