Balwadi Nutrition Program

  • Balwadi Nutrition Program (India) was introduced in 1970 to provide nutritional support to children
  • Target group – Children 3-6 years of age in rural areas
  • It is under the control of the Department of Social Welfare
  • 4 National level organisations (including Indian Council of Child Welfare) are given grants as a part of this program
  • The voluntary organisations that receive the grants are responsible for the running of this program
  • The program is implemented through Balwadis – they provide education and nutritional support
  • Food supplement provides 300kcal and 10g proteins
  • Balwadi nutrition program is being phased out in favour of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)

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