Lessons from Business - Cultivating Multi -Sectoral Partnerships to Alleviate Undernutrition in India: Lessons from Naandi Foundation’s School Feeding Program
In 2002, Naandi Foundation was asked to develop a system to administer the Midday Meal Program (MDM) in the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. To accomplish this, Naandi built a modern and hygienic central kitchen to provide meals to 120,000 students in the city’s government-funded schools. Today, Naandi has successfully replicated its model and provides nutritious meals to over one million children across four Indian states (Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Orissa).
By supplementing the diets of underserved children, Naandi Foundation’s school feeding program is improving the health of some of India’s most vulnerable populations. These accomplishments, however, are not the result of Naandi’s work alone. The successes and strengths of the school feeding program rely upon a broad set of partnerships that unites socially minded institutions from the public and private sectors to address the problem of undernutrition in India.