Bringing Nutrition to Children in India
More than a third of the world’s 146 million undernourished children live in India. Since 2016, The Hershey Company has been proud to partner with Annamrita, one of the largest providers of the Midday Meal Scheme in India. In 2018, Hershey’s support for Annamrita helped provide school lunches for more than 6,400 children in Maharashtra.
In 2018, Hershey made progress on a nutrition-focused collaboration with Annamrita, IIT-Bombay and Sion Hospital. Together, the partners explored how different foods and snack products could enhance the existing school lunch program and provide school-age children with the added nourishment they need. In 2018, the partners completed a baseline assessment of the nutritional status of children aged six to 17 in four urban schools in underserved areas of Mumbai.
The three partners are now working to develop a snack that will address the nutritional needs of the children as identified by the research study. Our goal is to reach more than 400 children through the pilot program.
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