Akshara Dasoha Yojane was started by JSSMVP, in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, from 2003-04. Under this scheme, the institution provides free mid-day meals to primary and high school children from rural areas. The scheme has been effectively implemented in more than 33 villages in Karnataka. Over 12000 children are getting benefited under the Akshara Dasoha scheme. The food is supplied from a central kitchen belonging to JSSMVP. At present, the project covers the schools from Yelandur, a backward taluk in Chamarajanagara district, and schools from Mysuru district. JSSMVP is bearing the expenses over and above the grants provided by the government.
Children from economically backward and underprivileged community exhibited poor health and poor learning ability due to lack of proper nutrition. To address this issue JSSMVP decided to provide free mid-day meals to children studying in schools from rural areas. Besides, this programme aims at improving the attendance and retention rate of children enrolled in schools from rural areas. This initiative not only supports the educational objectives of the schools but also tries to bring in social equity in society.
JSSMVP ensures that the concerned staffs maintain good hygiene levels. They clean the vegetables and food grains before cooking. Pure water is used for cooking purpose. The central kitchen is well-maintained, and utensils are cleaned every day before cooking and after serving the food.