Abstract

The mid-day meal program is one of the largest school feeding meal programs in the world. It provides nutritious food to millions of Indian children. It has also resulted in increasing student’s enrolment and attendance in school. However, due to the pandemic caused by Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, with closures of schools, the program got badly affected. An additional expenditure of Rs. 1600 crores by the Union Government of India, to provide a mid-day meal scheme has been announced. 1 As for the poor and for the vulnerable the meal program is the only source of having good nutritious food. However, the present time has changed the picture for all. This paper, therefore, tries to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the Mid-Day meal program in India. Keywords: Mid-Day meal program, education, food, COVID-19, schools

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