Mid Day Meal Scheme

The Mid Day Meal Scheme is a programme of the Government of India which seeks to address issues of food security, lack of nutrition and access to education on a pan nation scale. It involves provision for free lunch on working days for children in Primary and Upper Primary Classes.

The primary objective of the scheme is to provide hot cooked meal to children of primary and upper primary classes. with other objectives of improving nutritional status of children, encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities, thereby increasing the enrollment, retention and attendance rates. According to the government, it is the world’s largest school feeding programme, reaching out to about 120,000,000 children in over 1,265,000 schools and Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) centres across the country.

A World Bank report states that India has 42 percent of the world’s underweight children. Under Article 24, India has committed to providing "adequate nutritious foods" for Children.it was basically started in 2001 and implemented in 2004.