Meal Provision

    The standardized menu suggested by the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and Home Science College, Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, Hyderabad were again communicated to all the districts and they were allowed the flexibility to utilize locally available ingredients. Menu is flexible, with cooked rice, Dal and vegetables, sambar, “Pulihora” (Tamarind rice) being generally the main menu. Egg is being served twice a week and Banana is given to students those who do not eat eggs. The implementing agencies are using the seasonally available vegetables and green leaves. The wholesomeness of the meal provided is checked at random by various officials visiting schools. Daily one teacher from the School on rotation basis has been instructed to taste the Meal compulsorily to ensure its wholesomeness before it is served to the children. One member of the School Management Committee (SMC) or any parent has also been requested to visit the school and ensure the quality of meal served every day.

Cost of cooking includes cost of ingredients, e.g. pulses, vegetables, cooking oil and condiments as given below:


     Quantity per day / child                                
1Food grains100gms150gms
3Vegetables (leafy also)50gms75gms
4Oild & fat5gms7.5gms
5Salt & condimentsAs per needAs per need

Additional food items provided (fruits/milk/any other items)

       As per Government of India directions cooked meal is provided with a minimum content of 450 calories and 12 grams of protein on each working day of the school to children studying in classes I to V and 700 calories and 20 grams of protein content is provided per child on each working day of the school for classes VI to VIII. Foolproof arrangements were made to ensure this by the State Government throughout the academic year 2014-2015. 

      In Andhra Pradesh State, the children are provided with 2 eggs per week per child as additional food item. For this the State Government is providing Rs.1.00 as additional cooking cost per day per child. Usage of Double Fortified Salt: In Andhra Pradesh schools are using double fortified salt for MDM scheme. Instructions were given to all the District Educational Officers in the State. All the inspecting officers are instructed to check whether the double fortified salt is being used or not under MDM Scheme in the schools, during their visit to schools. Menu is flexible. It will be decided at school level as per the guidelines communicated by the State office, basing on the recipe given by the NIN to maintain prescribed food norms. Menu will be served in the schools basing on the availability of vegetables in that local area the season and also keeping in view of the nutritional values as prescribed by the NIN. 

Timings of serving of Mid Day Meal at school level : In Andhra Pradesh the Mid Day Meals served to the schools every day as follows:

  • Primary schools .. Between 12.10 – 1.00 p.m
  • Upper Primary schools .. Between 12.00 – 1.00 p.m
  • High Schools .. Between 12.50 – 1.30 p.m 





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