While government schools across the country are under the scanner for quality of midday meal,a few civic schools in the city are providing nutritious food to children.
Students of Manohardas School in Fort are happy. Leena Devle (13) said she waits for Saturdays when varan-bhaat (curry and rice) is served.
I like usal (a beans preparation)-bhaat and varan-bhaat. The khichdi here is salty.
Her friend Pooja Sheeraj said: Its not just school khichdi,I hate khichdi in general.
The school has given the class VIII students tiffin boxes,which they clean at home and carry every day.
Ram Kumar (11) of class IV,however,loves nothing but the school khichdi.
We get good food every day. Thursday,I am extra eager as we get khichdi, he said.
Hrithik Das eats only Parle-G biscuits.
I dont like the food here. The khichdi is salty. But I make I get a packet of biscuits from the school daily, he said.
While some find midday meal tasty,others cannot bring themselves to eat it.
Mukesh Yadav (11) of IB Patel School,Goregaon,said: I like green vegetables a lot. If they start providing such vegetables as part of midday meal,I will not need to get a lunch box from home.
He said he would love to eat biscuits,if provided.
Harish Anand (6),who studies in class II at Manohar School,said,I eat only biscuits here. For lunch,I have what my mother cooks.
A teacher at the school claimed students were generally happy with the food and only a few disliked it.
Kabir Chaube,a student of a BMC school near Kalaghoda,loves the coffee bite toffee he gets twice a week. His mother Antima is satisfied with the school menu. They provide different daals every day,my son finishes his food happily.