A NON-GOVERNMENT organisation is on a mission to provide free nutritious meals to underprivileged children in schools.
The Hare Krishna Food for Life Fiji began its mission after the natural disasters in the Western Division last year but it only became a registered entity in January this year.
Hare Krishna Food for Life Fiji director Vinay Maharaj said the organisation provided free meals to underprivileged students who could not afford to take lunch to school.
"We served 352 students at Saint Anne's Primary School in Suva last week after getting donations from some business houses," he said.
"We request business associates for their generous donation and support to this noble cause of food distribution to the needy students in Fiji."
Mr Maharaj said the organisation had the Ministry of Education's approval to carry out their mission at schools.
"We have a checklist from the school heads of students who can't afford lunch, those who come to school without lunch.
"But apart from just providing lunch to these students, we also give lunch to other students when we visit the schools.
"We are aware of some students who hide behind trees and have their lunch because they are ashamed of eating in front of other students.
"This is because they bring what many would not call lunch."
Mr Maharaj said the organisation intended to do this daily to the most needy students.