Feeding initiatives implemented by Akshaya Patra in India

Food first, everything else comes later! We all will agree to this.

THE AKSHAYA PATRA FOUNDATION Spreading hope through food!

Food is the basic necessity of any living thing, and so is true for humans too! We all have experienced hunger at some point or the other. We have also experienced the repercussions of staying hungry – low energy, tiredness, inability to concentrate or focus, unproductive, and health issues such as headache, gastric, acidity and so on. And these are the conditions we may undergo for missing out may be a meal or two. Then, imagine those who go hungry every single day! Yes, hunger is a much bigger problem than we can comprehend.

Hunger facts from around the world

The cause of hunger varies ranging from socio-economic backgrounds to natural or man-made disasters. To tackle this situation, world organisations, governments of countries, and non-governmental organisations have intervened at various levels. Yet, hunger remains a persistent problem. Amidst all the strides made around the world, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in India is also making efforts to combat hunger among children and disaster-hit survivors.

Akshaya Patra implements the Mid-Day Meal Programme in partnership with the Government of India. Established in 2000, it is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs in the country. Through this programme, Akshaya Patra provides free school lunch to children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools. Presently, the NGO feeds 1,765,436 children in 16,785 schools situated in 49 locations of 12 States and 1 Union Territory namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Silvassa, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh.

Aside from the Mid-Day Meal Programme, this charitable trust in India also provides nutritious food in Anganwadi centres and has been a part of several disaster relief operations within and beyond the Indian boundaries.

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Together, we can battle the hunger crisis and defeat it too. Support non-governmental organisations in India like Akshaya Patra because these organisations not only fill hungry stomachs but also nurture children right from the beginning. They also extend a helping hand to disaster-affected people during the hour of crisis. When you support to feed the children or contribute towards disaster relief feeding, you truly uphold the spirit of humanity.

Everyone has equal right to food.

So, take a step to support those who lack the means to access it.

 

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Akshaya Patra’s journey of nourishing children

Didn’t we all wait for the lunch bell to ring during schooldays?
Didn’t we all wait share our lunch with friends?
We did!

Schooldays – a treasure trove of memories, days of new lessons, secrets with friends, and so much more with nibbling lunch at the last bench while the class is on being one of the fondest of memories! Truly, nothing can replace the days we spent at school! Such is the story of millions of children today as they get a chance to attend school. Yes, there is a significant number of children who are able to receive schooling only because of the provision of free lunch at school, the Mid-Day Meal Programme.

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What’s free lunch?

On 28 November 2001, the Supreme Court of India passed a mandate stating,

“We direct the State Governments/Union Territories to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme by providing every child in every Government and Government assisted Primary School with a prepared mid-day meal.

This was a significant intervention in promoting education and supporting education-related schemes and programmes.

In order to amplify the impact of the Mid-Day Meal Programme, several NGOs joined hands with the Government to implement it across India. Thus, this programme is now implemented by both Government and NGOs. For those families belonging to socio-economically challenging backgrounds, the provision of this free meal acts as an incentive to choose school over work for their children. has potentially resulted in:

  1. Increase in enrolment
  2. Improved attendance and regularity
  3. Countering classroom hunger
  4. Improved health
  5. Enhanced concentration during class hours
  6. Increased participation in school activities
  7. Reduced drop-out rate

Akshaya Patra’s journey in Mid-Day Meal Programme

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a mid-day meal NGO implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme since 2000. Initially, it began feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru. Witnessing the need of mid-day meals, the NGO inferred that there is a bigger need for these meals. Hence, it gradually expanded its operations and presently, this NGO provides freshly cooked wholesome lunch to 17,65,597 children studying in 15,668 Government & Government-aided schools. These schools are situated in 45 locations across Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh.

Feed a child with Akshaya Patra

Mid-day meal NGOs like Akshaya Patra not only fills hungry stomachs but also nurtures ambitions of young children. So, when you support to feed a child or two through these NGOs, it results in promoting education as well as preparing them to be resourceful citizens in the near future. Join in the journey of Akshaya Patra and help it reach its vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’.

Step ahead, support NGO and create a future you desire to see!

 

Akshaya Patra’s work in Karnataka

In the year 2000, with a strong vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ an organisation began serving freshly cooked, nutritious lunch to school children in Bengaluru… slowly and steadily it began expanding its service to other parts of the city… then to other parts of the state… and now nourishes 4,49,079 children across six locations of Karnataka…
along with operating in 11 other states…
It’s The Akshaya Patra Foundation in a nutshell!

Akshaya Patra nourishes 4,49,079 children in Karnataka, on each school day

In 2000, Akshaya Patra began its journey as an NGO in Karnataka by providing lunch to 1,500 children of five Government schools in Bengaluru. Later, when the Supreme Court passed the mandate on 28 November 2001 directing all ‘the State Governments and Union Territories to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in every Government and Government assisted schools’ this NGO partnered with the Government to further the reach of this Scheme.

Akshaya Patra’s work in Karnataka

Presently, there are seven Akshaya Patra kitchens in Karnataka preparing nutritious, hygienic, and locally palatable meals for 4,49,079 children, on each school day.

The below table shows the Foundation’s reach in the state:

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All Akshaya Patra kitchens in Karnataka are centralised and mechanised cooking units. Among the seven kitchens, H.K Hill and V.K. Hill kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified, whereas Ballari, and Hubballi kitchens are ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certified. The kitchens in Mangaluru, Mysuru and Jigani are in the process of certification.

Meal menu of Akshaya Patra in Karnataka

As a mid-day meal NGO in India, the Foundation wants to make sure that children of each and every location heartily enjoy their meals. Hence, while maintaining the recommended nutrition levels, the Foundation designs its meal menu to suit the local taste of a particular location. It also follows a cyclic menu to ensure children receive adequate nutrition from a wide variety of vegetables, pulses, spices and condiments; and also countering monotony of same taste. As an organisation providing mid-day meal in Karnataka, it caters to the typical South Indian taste.

The meal menu in Karnataka consists of: plain rice, ghee rice, khichdi, vegetable biryani, bisibelebaath, khara pongal, tur dal sambar,
mixed pulses sambar, dal fry, gram dal sambar, chana dal sambar, moong dal sambar, moong chilka sambar, mixed sambar,
kabuli chana sabji, beetroot chana sabji, mixed vegetable sabji,
fried groundnut, and curd.

This NGO in Karnataka also serves its beneficiaries with a variety of sweets such as hayagriva, daliya sweet pongal, sweet pumpkin payasam, moong dal payasam, and jaggery sweet payasam.

To ensures children receive fresh and hot meals, Akshaya Patra has a dedicated fleet of customised insulated vehicles to deliver mid-day meal in Karnataka.

Choose to make a difference

Along with providing mid-day meals to school children as an NGO in Karnataka, Akshaya Patra also provides nutritious and tasty school meals to 17,65,597 children across 11 other states in India.

Akshaya Patra aims to nourish 50 lakh children in India by 2025.
Join the efforts of this NGO in India in nourishing, nurturing,
and empowering children of the nation.

When was mid-day meal started by Akshaya Patra?

One firm vision – ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’… just 1 kitchen to cook meals for 1,500 children… began the journey called Akshaya Patra!

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation in India. In partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and various State Governments, Akshaya Patra implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across the country. It was established in 2000 and is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Akshaya Patra serving children 2000

Akshaya Patra then…

Once the idea of providing school lunch was conceptualised, Venu Vadana Gopal Dasa conducted a detailed research to choose the schools in need of the meals. Reminiscing the past, he says, “I went to explore the surrounding areas in Bengaluru and found that the schools in the outskirts and rural areas were in maximum need of a school Mid-Day Meal Programme. I visited Government schools in areas like Peenya, Chikkabidarakalu and Makali and was moved by the plight of the kids there. We then approached these schools and served the first meals on 3 June 2000 to a total of 1,500 children in five Government schools.”

Over a period, the impact of this initiative was witnessed in the form of increased enrolment, regularity in attendance, improved health, and better concentration during class hours. The overwhelming response from the schools brought to fore the need for the Mid-Day Meal Programme, leading Akshaya Patra to expand its service to more schools.

Initial hurdles…

The initial journey for this non-profit organisation in India wasn’t a smooth sail. The main concern was lack of food packing vessels and vehicles to transport the cooked meals. Philanthropists Mr Mohandas Pai stepped in by donating the first vehicle to transport food to the schools and Mr Abhay Jain promised to get more support in the form of donors to contribute for the programme.

A welcome progress…

As Akshaya Patra was already providing food for education through its school meal programme, it was called to give testimony for verifying the efficacy of providing cooked meals to schools. Following this, the Supreme Court of India passed a mandate on 28 November 2001 stating “We direct the State Governments/Union Territories to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme by providing every child in every Government and Government assisted Primary School with a prepared mid-day meal.” This was a welcome progression for Akshaya Patra and the Foundation partnered with the Central Government and various State Governments to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in a public-private partnership model.

Akshaya Patra now…

A journey that began by nourishing 1,500 children in one location has today grown to becoming a movement with 17,65,597 children in 45 locations across 12 states in India. The partnership with the Government under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and constant support from well-wishers and donors helped Akshaya Patra to expand the food for education programme during the course of 18 years. It also aided the non-profit organisation in India to initiate several child-centric programmes such as Anganwadi feeding, scholarship, talent development, along with supporting the Foundation’s disaster relief feeding service.

Akshaya Patra in future…

With the mission to nourish 50 lakh children in India by 2025, Akshaya Patra is moving forward strategically and sustainably. The Foundation is certain that with concerted effort from the Government, the policy-makers, corporates and businesses, and the civil society, we will be able to create generations of healthy, educated, and resourceful citizens; empowering them to take on the mission called Prosperous India.

Akshaya Patra’s Effort in Assam Flood Relief 2019

Water level rising every hour… 30 of total 33 districts submerged… 4,157 villages inundated… approximately 43-lakh people affected… 95% of Kaziranga National Park under water… This is the current situation of Assam!

Akshaya Patra Effort in Assam Flood Relief 2019

Assam has been hit by one of the worst floods in a decade leaving the entire state paralysed. The Government of Assam issued a red alert on 15 July 2019 as the situation worsened every passing hour. Nearly 1.5 lakh people have been provided shelter in relief camps operational across the state. In a grim situation like this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO in Assam has stepped in to provide cooked meals to affected people in Kamrup district.

Guwahati flood relief work by Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra, a mid-day meal NGO has its kitchen in Guwahati, Assam. It begun its Guwahati flood relief activities from 17th July. The NGO is providing meals to affected people twice a day – lunch and dinner from its Guwahati kitchen. It began the relief operations by feeding 700 people in a relief camp in Athgaon area and now has extended its service to other relief camps in Kamrup district. So far, this NGO in Assam has already provided more than 22,000 meals. The Foundation is serving rice, vegetable pulao, kabuli chana, and mixed vegetable dal for lunch; and khichdi and labra sabji for dinner. In order to garner support from people, Akshaya Patra has started a campaign where one can contribute online donation in aid of Assam flood relief.

Past relief activities of Akshaya Patra

Be it within the borders of India or beyond, Akshaya Patra has always been proactive in responding to disaster situations. The NGO is always present to provide relief to crisis-hit people by providing cooked food.

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Support flood relief activities

Over the years, Akshaya Patra has received heart-warming responses from people coming forward to support disaster-affected fellow citizens. They have generously contributed towards Akshaya Patra’s relief campaigns at different occasions. Currently, Assam needs your urgent help. Come forth and support Guwahati flood relief campaign by generously contributing online donation in aid of people of Assam. Support now!

Why should you associate with The Akshaya Patra Foundation?

Alone, we can start a change, together we can sustain it! THAT’S THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian non-profit organisation supporting education of children by providing them with nutritious meals on each school day. It is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector with a history of more than 18 years in service of children.

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What else does Akshaya Patra do?

Aside from diligently implementing the school meal programme, this charity for children is also engaged in other feeding initiatives and ‘Beyond the Meals’ programmes.

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How can you help?

With the vision, ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, Akshaya Patra aims at benefitting 5 million children by 2025. To achieve this humongous endeavour, this Indian non-profit organisation requires support from all sections of the society. It encourages people and organisations to step forward in support of nutrition and education of children. For this, the Foundation provides an elaborate volunteering platform where you can choose the way you want to support.

Act to bring the change you desire to see

You can choose to volunteer your time, be an online ambassador, be a knowledge partner, or you could also be the Foundation’s ambassador. You can also associate with this charity for children as a regular donor or you could also start an online fundraising campaign. As a supporter, you can also choose to sponsor a school, kitchen, or kitchen equipment or choose to fund any of the ‘Beyond the Meals’ programme.

Margaret Mead has aptly said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Well then, what’s the wait? Step forward and get your family and friends along to volunteer for those children who are in need today but on whom the country will be dependent tomorrow!

Akshaya Patra wins AVA Digital Platinum Awards

AVA Digital Award

Akshaya Patra has been conferred the AVA Digital Platinum Awards, which is the competition’s highest recognition, for its latest online video, “Giving Every Dream A Chance” under the category of ‘Online Video.’

There were approximately 2,500 entries in the competition from throughout the United States and 17 other countries. The entries were judged by professionals who are in search for organisations and individuals whose talent surpasses excellence and whose work serve as a benchmark for the industry.

The AVA Digital’s Platinum Award is presented to those entries that are judged to be the most outstanding and recognized for excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.  This coveted award is won by only 14 per cent of the total entries.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition award given in recognition to creative professionals for their outstanding work in the concept, direction, design and production of media in the field of digital communication by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The Awards has been intended to pay tribute to the history and journey of the audio-visual and web industries present worldwide.

Know more @ Akshaya Patra Shines at the AVA Digital Awards 2016

Sri Rajnath Singh visits Akshaya Patra Lucknow Kitchen

Sri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India visited The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s kitchen facility in Lucknow on Sunday, December 27, 2015. Sri Ashutosh Tandon, (MLA, Lucknow East), Mr Sharda Pratap Shukla, (MLA, Sarojini Nagar) in Lucknow shared the dais on the occasion.

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Akshaya Patra implements the mid-day meal programme in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India to benefit children studying in the Government schools.

Sri Rajnath Singh also took a tour of the kitchen where he witnessed operations of the centralised kitchen facility. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh commended Akshaya Patra’s noble service to society in eradicating hunger by providing nutritious mid-day meal to lakhs of school children across the country and appreciated the efficiency in reaching out to more school children.

For more details on the news visit: http://www.akshayapatra.org/news/Honourable-Minister-of-Home-Affairs-Sri-Rajnath-Singh-visited-Lucknow-Kitchen

Idea Cellular Programme Conducted in Jaipur School

The UPS Sindhi Government School of Sanganer in Jaipur hosted an Idea Cellular Programme recently.

A team from Idea along with BEEO of Sanganer block participated in the programme. Mukul Khanna, Idea State Head was the chief guest of the occasion. Raghupati Dasa coordinated the event.

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Roti making machine at Akshaya Patra Kitchen in Jaipur

The programme was kicked off with a visit to the Akshaya Patra kitchen.  During the visit, the Idea team got a live experience of the different processes involved in the making of the mid-day meal.

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In the second half of the programme, the Idea team served mid-day meals to children in the UPS Sindhi School. In return, the students entertained their guests through various dance programmes.  The school children also got an opportunity to exhibit their writing skills through an essay competition titled ‘sharing to society.’ The programme held by the Akshaya Patra Jaipur concluded with prize and memento distribution.

You can read more about the program at http://www.akshayapatra.org/news/idea-cellular-programme-held-in-jaipur

Communications, Awards and Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, as it expands and grows needs to develop itself as a good storyteller. Why you may ask? The answer is Akshaya Patra is an NGO working with many stakeholders. Trustees, advisors, donors, philanthropists, corporates, well-wishers, Government of India and the State Governments, general public, teachers and most important children are parts of what make Akshaya Patra. The onus to share and build trust, to get support by being transparent about the organisation lies with the organisation. Keeping up with new trends and making content and creative exciting have brought good results besides generating awareness. It has won accolades and awards for the Akshaya Patra.

Akshaya Patra Annual Report Award

Recently The Akshaya Patra Foundation won Silver in the Summit Creative Awards (SCA) 2015 for its Annual Report 2013-14. It’s for the third consecutive time Akshaya Patra has won silver. Moreover this year Akshaya Patra received Gold for a film called ‘The Possibilities’ which projects the essence and importance of the core activity of the organisation at SCA. The award is to honour small and medium sized agencies for their contributions to advertising.

The entries are judged by experts who evaluated one against others in their category. This makes it a though competition, where the winner truly stands out.

This award is one of the achievements The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been honoured with. Without good communication principles and plan it’s not achievable. The idea is to use facts and figures as the real content accentuated by creative presentation that makes it appealing to the audience.

As the organisation strives hard to expand and feed more children, the need to educate and inform the people is of utmost importance to garner support to sustain and achieve its goal. The determination and commitment to generate healthy communication have resulted in major achievements besides bringing the desired intent of bringing awareness and the support needed for Akshaya Patra to keep working towards its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

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