Make your special days more memorable!

Special occasions are many! And, we celebrate each one with much fervor and joy. While we share these joys with our close ones, can we also share it with few young children who may be so to say strangers? Well, there are many children for whom food and school are the best gifts ever! And, as you buy handpicked gifts for your loved ones, do give it a thought for these children too.

Celebrations are an important aspect of our lives. Aside from the main festivals that the whole country or the whole world celebrates, there are many personal occasions that are close to our hearts and we celebrate it with much excitement and joy. Each of us have so many special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, house warming etc. that if we really give it a thought there are innumerable reasons to celebrate. And, we celebrate these special occasions in many ways – get-togethers, exchanging gifts, going on holidays, and the like. But, did you know there are some of us who celebrate their special occasion with Akshaya Patra, an NGO for children?

NGOs work for various causes that directly impacts and uplifts the society and its residents making it a better place. From focussing on environmental causes, animal rights, child development, women empowerment, human rights, hunger and poverty, education, and more, NGOs touch upon all aspects of development and preservation. Despite different causes, the purpose of NGOs across all sectors remain same i.e. ‘to bring a positive and sustainable change in the immediate society and the world at large.’ Similarly, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer NGOs to implement the Mid-Day Meal Programme with the vision ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. It was established in 2000 and is headquartered in Bengaluru with active operations in 39 locations of 12 states in India. The Foundation provides freshly cooked, wholesome, and locally palatable school meals to 17,61,734 children studying in 14,314 Government schools and Government-aided schools.

With the objective to benefit more children, Akshaya Patra encourages people to extend support for the cause. It has provided a broad platform for engagement, one of them being ‘celebrate special occasion’. Yes, you can choose to share your joy of celebrating special occasions by supporting beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra, just like some generous supporters who have already included children to celebrate joys and show respect and honour to their loved ones:

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Mr. “For me, charity means sharing with my fellow human beings. I had once heard  Narayan Murthy talking about Akshaya Patra and its functioning. I liked the concept and hence got engaged with the NGO. I will keep donating a minimum of 10% of my salary to Akshaya Patra on special occasions such as on birthdays of my wife and sons, wedding anniversary of my parents and the like.” – Manoj Kumar, Marine Pilot, Reliance Port and Jamnagar Terminal Ltd., Sikka, Gujarat.

  • “I was totally satisfied, both with the method of disbursement and the target population. Instead of spending money on yearly rituals of my parents’ Death Anniversary, I donate the amount to Akshaya Patra. Money spent on God’s children should please the God anyway.” – Satyajit Chakraborty, Executive Director, Boiler Company, Kolkata.

In conclusion, offering charity is also a way of celebrating special days. It not only helps the needy but also brings goodwill to the giver. So, make your special days more memorable by choosing to donate to Akshaya Patra. And, as they say, ‘A joy shared is a joy doubled.’

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Celebrate Daan Utsav 2018 by giving food to children

The joy of giving is much more than the joy of receiving. Daan Utsav is a festival of giving and it gives an opportunity to every one to contribute to the needy in some way or the other. Akshaya Patra too observes the Daan Utsav with the anticipation that numerous children will be benefitted with acts of generosity.

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Somebody has rightly said, “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” And, this totally resonates with Daan Utsav. Previously known as the Joy of Giving Week, the Daan Utsav is considered as the ‘festival of philanthropy’. It was launched in 2009 and is observed annually in India during the week of Gandhi Jayanti i.e. from 2 October to 8 October.  Daan Utsav gives each and every one of us, from all sections of the society, an opportunity to do something good for our fellow citizens. The significance of this giving week is it engages and encourages people to imbibe the ‘act of giving’ by contributing money, time, skill or resources with the ones who are less privileged.

The Joy of Giving Week is celebrated with much enthusiasm by all sectors and sections of people – Government organisations and institutions, corporates, NGOs, schools and colleges, and the general public. It is an initiative aimed at creating awareness regarding various needs of the society, garnering support to tackle these issues, and bringing about a sustainable change. With the same spirit, The Akshaya Patra Foundation observes this giving week to generate maximum support for its beneficiaries – the children.

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Akshaya Patra is an Indian NGO implementing the Government Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of the country. It provides nutritious school meals to more than 1.76 million children, on each school day throughout the year. And, most of these children hail from such low socio-economic backgrounds for whom to receive even a single meal is a big struggle. It has been observed that the school meal has played a crucial role for these children in ensuring that they receive at least one meal per day. This meal has opened the gates of school for millions of children thereby saving them from entering the world of child labour. Akshaya Patra understands this critical situation and thus strives to provide nutritious meals on each school day. By doing so, the NGO is instilling a sense of joy, confidence, and hope among little children of India. These children are being nourished with healthy food and nurtured with education each day thereby preparing them to be assets of the country in the near future.

This Daan Utsav, choose to dedicate your ‘act of giving’ for Akshaya Patra’s little children. be the source of hope for children who have the zeal to learn and achieve but are seeking for a little help. When you donate on Daan Utsav, you ensure the much-needed daily meals of the children, you help the NGO to increase productivity of its kitchen units and thereby allow it to feed more children who are still waiting for the opportunity to attend school. This Daan Utsav, let your generosity flow to provide ‘unlimited food for education’.

Akshaya Patra Celebrating 2 Billion Meals with President of India

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee joined Akshaya Patra in commemorating the organisation’s milestone of having served 2 Billion Meals. During the splendid event held on August 27, 2016, the Honourable President unveiled the Akshaya Patra 2 Billion Meals art-installation which symbolises the landmark and also distributed sweets among beneficiary children. The event which was followed by dinner witnessed the President, in a humble gesture, serving meals to beneficiary children.

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For photos visit, 2 Billion Meals event photos

The evening where President of India visited Akshaya Patra had prominent leaders sharing a message on the Foundation’s vision and mission, the impact and future plans. The dignitaries and eminent political figures included Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honourable Union Minister of Human Resource Development; Shri Siddaramaiah, Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka; Shri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Honourable Governor of Karnataka; Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament; Shri BN Manjunath Reddy, Worshipful Mayor of Bengaluru; Shri Gopalaiah K, Member of Legislative Assembly – Mahalakshmi Layout Constituency; and Mrs Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation.

To watch the videos visit, 2 Billion Meals event videos

The event was presided by Akshaya Patra’s officials – Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman; Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman; and Shri Mohandas Pai, Independent Trustee. The compère for the evening, Mrs Vasanthi Hariprakash, a renowed anchor and a media strategist, directed the event gracefully.

For 2 Billion Meals media coverage, press coverage and press release, visit Akshaya Patra’s 2 billion meals commemoration.

Akshaya Patra Event – Outride Hunger 2016!

It was an early Sunday morning, but the roads in Rajaji Nagar were already occupied with hundreds of energetic bikers! Yes, it was the beginning of Outride Hunger 2016, a biking event organised by The Akshaya Patra Foundation in partnership with Wrangler on 7 February to create awareness about classroom hunger.

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The Akshaya Patra event was commenced with a flag off ceremony by the Additional Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, Dr. M.A. Saleem.  Veteran biker Mr. R. Chakravarthy and popular Kannada actor Krishna Ajai Rao were also present during the occasion.

The 24 kilometre bike ride event which started at the HK Hill kitchen of Akshaya Patra on Chord Road passed through Malleshwaram, Race Course Road and Lalbagh Road and concluded at Akshaya Patra’s Vasanthapura kitchen on Kanakapura Road.

Outride Hunger 2016, thus, witnessed the presence of over 300 riders -both individual bikers and members of popular biking clubs including the Royal Indians – Enfield Owners Club (RIEOC), Highwaymen, Free Spirits Motorcycle Club, Bajaj Avenger Club – Bengaluru, Biking Buddies, Bikers of India.

Many riders expressed their gratitude for getting an opportunity to support a good cause, while some others were willing to take the good work a step forward by spreading the word at their workplace.