COVID-19: Odisha shuts down Anganwadis, starts home food delivery

After declaring COVID-19 a disaster, the Odisha government said even as Anganwadi centres are closed till March 31, the supply of food under Supplementary Nutrition Programme will continue.

Morning snacks and hot cooked meals will be provided to children and mothers at the doorstep so as not to disrupt feeding under the nutrition programme, a release of Women and Child Development department said.

“In order to ensure entitlement of morning snacks and hot cook meals of the pre-school children of the age group 3-6 years attending Anganwadi centres 25 days a month, it must be ensured that ration and eggs are provided to the mothers at their household so that there is no disruption in feeding under Supplementary Nutrition Programme,” the State Women and Child Development Department said in a notification.

Director of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Social Welfare Aravind Agarwal has urged all district Collectors to monitor the supply of rations, eggs and morning snacks to all centres and ensure that the beneficiaries are provided with their required nutrition uninterruptedly.

As many as 46,29,014 beneficiaries, including 18,66,925 children from six months to three years, 20,38,659 children, from three to six years and 7,23,430 pregnant and lactating women have been enrolled through 72,587 Anganwadi centres in the state.

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