In order to tackle deep rooted problems of malnourishment and Anemia in the tribal dominated District Nandurbar, the Tribal Department, under the aegis of District Administration has attempted to address the issue by establishing a Centralised Kitchen to provide hot and nutritious meals to children in residential schools, also known as Ashram Shalas.
The programme is in operation since April 2019.
This Central Kitchen caters to 28 Ashram schools with a capacity of more than 12,000 students. The transportation mechanism with set routes, ensures hot and healthy food to the children. The Kitchen is equipped with advanced machinery, semi-automatic in nature, in order to create
employment opportunities. The Kitchen strives to maintain the quality, hygiene and cleanliness of the meal, like a mother feeding her every child studying in this remote part of Maharashtra.
Ashram Shalas are Residential tribal schools being run by Tribal department of Government of Maharashtra to provide quality education with boarding and lodging facilities. It aims to bring about comprehensive all round development of the children. Being situated in the backward and remote places, it plays a vital role not only in providing education but also in providing good nutrition and health facilities to the children.
The Centralised Kitchen is a joint initiative of the Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra, District administration and Stri Shakti to provide healthy ad nutritious meals in government Ashram Shalas.
The program has enabled Nandurbar to perform well on Health indicators pertaining to the reduction of Severe Acute Malnourishment and Moderate Acute Malnourishment in the district.