The success of many a school programme in this country has hinged on the Mid-Day Meal. The government and NGOs (CARE India started this practice) together offer meals to students as a carrot to attend school. This defrays the cost of living for families operating at the subsistence level.Two news stories, from two different worlds, the USA and Afghanistan shows that this is true around the world.
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What is interesting is that the students in the American schools were not from low-income families. The study also showed that providing free fruit increased fruit intake outside school through increased sampling of a variety of fruits and a peer recognition for fruit earlier thought of as ‘uncool’
Will Reliance see this as a business opportunity with its new Farm Produce division?