Havells Mid- Day Meal Program
Every day too many men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 795 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.
Guided by our ethos, eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the focus areas for us. Not only the consequences of not enough – or the wrong – food cause suffering and poor health, they also slow progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.
While the global community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to improve people’s lives by 2030 in 2015, we started working on the ‘Goal 2 – Zero Hunger’ way back in 2005.
In 2004, we started finding out reasons for non-availability of adequate manpower in nearby areas of our Alwar plant. The research was heart breaking as it showed that children from nearby villages did not go to school and were engaged in farms and other jobs to support family’s income. Adequate food, even twice a day was a big challenge for the family. Children were weak and malnourished and going to school was not even considered by the family. Over time we realized that providing food could be the answer to this puzzle. We tied up with the government of Rajasthan to provide mid-day meal in government schools.