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About half of the deaths of children under the age of 5 in the country can be attributed to nurition related disorders. Besides the well known Mid Day Meal for schoolchildren, there are many other initiatives that seek to address nutritional security. India has a large dairy cooperative sector and many dairies are supplying small packets of flavoured milk to schoolchildren, mainly in tribal dominated areas. This helps to improve the nutritional status of children. Together with the Mid Day Meal such nutrition programs are also known to improve school attendance.
Recently, the NDDB (National Dairy Development Board), through the NDDB Foundation for Nutrition has announced a 'Gift Milk Program'. This program a major initiative to provide 'A Glass of Milk to Every Child' to address nutrition among children across India by using its vast network of cooperatives. The program provide a transparent electronic platform to connect individuals and corporate as donors in the Initiative.