How Akshaya Patra started feeding children in India

“We don’t want to stop. We want to feed as many children as possible.”

Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – The Akshaya Patra Foundation

 In a population of 1.38 billion people, 39% of the total population comprises of children below the age of 18 years; this means there are around 472 million children in India.

Out of every 100 children, only around 32 children complete their school education (District Information System for Education),

out of which,

19.8 million children below the age of 6, do not get the required nutrition (ICDS 2015).

Due to multiple challenges that come from being a child belonging to lower-income sections of the society, children are either sent off to seek work during school hours or would be forced to work with parents to fend for their families. Amongst a few handful of children who were sent to school, they performed poorly in schools due to a short attention span or would immediately drop out in the lure of earning money.

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To change this scenario, the Central Government of India started the Mid-Day Meal Scheme to address the issue of hunger and education. Yet, 50% of India’s children remained undernourished. In the year 2001, mid-day meals were mandated in all Government and Government-aided schools of all the states. With the help of non-profit organisations in India, many children were fed meals in schools. By the end of 2004, 50 million children received school lunches, either provided by the Government or NGO’s working in partnership with the Government. One such NGO in India is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. 

What is the story of Akshaya Patra?

To address the dual challenges of education and hunger in India, The Akshaya Patra Foundation was started in the year 2000 with a vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ It began by serving hot and nutritious school meals to 1,500 children studying in five different schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka. By March 2007, the Foundation was serving wholesome meals in 2,000 schools. As of today, mid-day meals are served to 18,00,907 children studying in 19,039 schools of India. It prepares and serves school meals from centralised kitchens situated in 50 locations and decentralised kitchens situated in two locations, spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

Impact of mid-day meals on children

Many studies conducted around the impact of mid-day meals have shown an:

  • Increase in school enrolment rate, both for boys and girls
  • Increase in the attendance rates
  • Decrease in school drop-out rates
  • Improvement in classroom performance
  • Improvement in attention span
  • Improvement in nutritional value & energy

What the students have to say:

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 To read more such stories of beneficiaries of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, click here.

Bring about healthy changes in the lives of children with your donation. When you support Akshaya Patra to provide unlimited food for education to children belonging to challenging backgrounds, you are giving back to society to bring about the above-mentioned changes.

If you have any such stories of children whose lives have changed with mid-day meals, do let us know in the comments section below.

Make Tax Deductible Donations to Charity

Upholding the quality of your generous self, you may look for opportunities to give back to the society. One of the major reasons which urges people to make donations, is ‘the feel-good factor.’ Additionally, contributing to NGOs can also make you eligible for receiving tax exemptions. However, there a few things you need to ensure before making any contribution:

– Is the NGO registered?

– Is it a trustworthy organisation?

– Is your money being utilised diligently?

– What are the transparency policies of the organisation?

– Whether the organisation is eligible to give tax exemptions to its donors?

Donate for children and save tax

In order to encourage more people to engage in charitable acts, The Government of India has made provisions to help tax-payable citizens save tax on every charitable donation, under section 80G of Income-tax Act, 1961. When you donate to charity, you can claim IT exemption of 100% or 50% of the donation amount. This depends upon the criteria set by the Income Tax Act. Common examples of organisations you can make tax exemption donation towards are: public charitable trusts, non-governmental organisations, relief funds and the like.

What are the limitations under section 80G?

Once you make a donation to support NGOs with a cheque, draft or cash, you are eligible to claim deductions u/s 80G. However, donation made in kind like groceries, vegetables, clothes, medicines, etc., cannot be claimed as tax deductible donation under section 80G. Also, 2018 onwards, donations made in cash, more than ₹2000, are not allowed as deductions.

Donate towards The Akshaya Patra Foundation & save tax

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is registered as a non-profit organisation and is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. The Foundation feeds 1.8 million children in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India. Akshaya Patra serves locally palatable meals in 19,039 schools. For example, Sambar and Rice is served in Karnataka, Pappu and Rice is served in Andhra Pradesh, Boondhi Kadhi is served in Chhattisgarh and Dal Dhokali is served in Gujarat.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds 18,00,907 children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools in India. It aims to feed 5 million children by 2025 with the vision, ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ For the last 20 years it has been feeding wholesome meals to children belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds. These meals are a great intervention into bringing children back to school every day. These school meals help in holistic development of children. Usage of nutritious vegetables and pulses help children in their physical development and also in focussing better during their school hours.

You can donate towards providing unlimited food for education to children by donating ₹1100 towards The Akshaya Patra Foundation to feed 1 child with a year full of healthy and nutritious meals on every school day.

Donate towards making tomorrow, healthy future for children.

Healthy children make a healthy nation!

Show your support to the future of the Nation!

Akshaya Patra supports the needy with COVID-19 relief services

It is lockdown time in India!

How long has it been since you stepped out of your house? There are brighter aspects related to this 21-day lockdown. You are firstly helping the Nation by staying at home in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. Secondly, look at how much time you have at hand! Did you know that you could be productive and spend time with your family simultaneously? You are still able to eat, sleep, be safe and spend quality time for yourself and family in one single day.

But…

There are people outside your house who need support in the form of meals.

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Who will help the needy people?

This is when The Akshaya Patra Foundation stepped in to help people in need during the Corona crisis. The NGO started its relief work on 25th March 2020 and has served 7,95,614 healthy meals and 5,104 kits of dry ration that includes oil, pulses, rice, spices, etc. that will suffice for 2 meals of a person for a period of 21 days. The Corona relief works are active in the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

The Foundation is working in close association with the State Governments & District Administration, to serve the needy public like old age homes and night shelters, daily wage labourers, migrant labourers, field workers, quarantined people and the poor marginalized population belonging to weaker sections of the society.

Akshaya Patra’s relief activity graph:

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There are many people who have come out to tackle the Coronavirus crisis. As a responsible citizen of the Nation, you too can extend a helping hand by donating meals and dry grocery kits to the people hailing from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Every bit of your donation towards Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service will be utilized by the Foundation to serve healthy meals to the people in need during this critical situation.

Currently, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is serving in the following locations:

  • Jaipur
  • Ajmer
  • Bhilwara
  • Bengaluru
  • Ahmedabad
  • Bhavnagar
  • Silvassa
  • Surat
  • Pune
  • Gurugram
  • Noida
  • Delhi
  • Mathura
  • Lucknow
  • Bhilai
  • Puri

 

You can support your fellow citizens overcome the situation caused by the Corona pandemic. The average cost of a cooked meal is just ₹20 and the cost of a grocery kit that can feed 42 meals to 2 persons for 21 days is ₹750. You can support people in dire need with your minimal contribution. We urge you to come forward and do your bit!

Share this blog with your friends and family, let us all get together and help our Nation out of this epidemic. Every single donation is a meal for the beneficiary.

Coming together in this hour…

Will help tackle the situation successfully!

How Akshaya Patra Foundation Feeds Over 1.8 Million Children Every Day?

1.8 million+ children!

Is it really possible to feed so many children in 1 single day?

Indeed, it is a humongous task but if the entire community works in unison with a children charity or an NGO, it is achievable.

One such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation which is registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

Feed 1.8 million children

Akshaya Patra was started in the year 2000 by feeding 1,500 children in Bengaluru, Karnataka. As of today, it feeds 18,02,517 children studying in 16,856 Government and Government-aided schools located in 51 locations across India. It works with a vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ The Foundation aims to feed 5 million children by 2025.

But how does Akshaya Patra aim to accomplish those numbers?

Akshaya Patra provides freshly cooked, nutritious mid-day meals to children in order to help them in their overall development. The Foundation operates from 52 kitchens out of which, 50 kitchens are Centralized kitchens and 2 are Decentralized kitchens.

Centralized kitchen

Centralized kitchens are present in 50 locations of India and have a capacity to feed 25,000 to 1,00,000 meals a day. These kitchens are located in urban and semi-urban areas.

Decentralized Kitchen

A decentralized kitchen is set up in locations that are remote and not easily accessible. Such kitchens do not have a great connectivity which makes it difficult to set up a large infrastructure. It is operated by women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and monitored by Akshaya Patra supervisors.

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Mid-day meals have several benefits

It might sound like a small school lunch for many of us, but it makes a huge difference in the lives of children who come from challenging backgrounds where having a square meal once a day is an achievement. This is why parents of such children rely on school mid-day meals. Mid-day meals benefit children in different ways:

Put the below points in smart art form.

  • It improves nutritional levels in children who consume mid-day meals. Mid-day meals are packed with nutritional content.
  • It increases the rate of school enrolment since a school lunch can act as a catalyst in bringing back children to school every day
  • It increases their attention span and helps them focus better in their classrooms
  • It ensures proper cognitive and physical development of children studying in schools
  • It helps in reducing the school drop-out rates

You can help children by sponsoring their school lunches at ₹1100 and help them enjoy locally palatable meals for an entire academic year. You can contribute directly to help school children or by taking part in various volunteering opportunities available with Akshaya Patra.

Show your support to feed 1.8 million children!

Sponsor their meals & save tax too!

How Does Akshaya Patra Work in Uttar Pradesh?

There are many NGOs in India that work for various causes like education of children, healthcare for children and elderly, old age homes, child rights, women empowerment, wildlife conservation, mid-day meals of children and many more. Every state, every region and every town or city has numerous NGOs that work towards various causes.

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One such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation that works towards the cause of ‘Food for Education’ of children. It was started in the year 2000 and fed mid-day meals to 1,500 children. As of today, it feeds 18,02,517 children studying in 16,856 Government and Government-aided schools. It is spread across 51 locations in 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India, namely – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Daman & DNH, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.

As an NGO in Uttar Pradesh, Akshaya Patra feeds a total of 2,24,288 children in 3,341 schools. Meals are prepared fresh in the 4 Centralised kitchens located in Math, Vrindavan, Lucknow and Gorakhpur. Locally palatable meals are served to children in a cyclical order so that there is a variation in the variety of food. No matter what the menu of the month is, it is packed with nutrition and energy.

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The menu items served as part of mid-day meals in Uttar Pradesh are Tahari, Jeera rice, Kheer, Matar soy paneer sabji, Aloo Rajma, Vegetable Pulao and many more. All the ingredients used in the school meals help children focus better in the class and increase their attention span.

Help more children with your donation

Your support is required at every stage to achieve various milestones. Starting from taking care of their health, laying down their career and helping them achieve their goals in life; it all depends upon your donation. The NGO works with various partners, donors and volunteers to expand its reach. Your generosity can change their lives for the better. You can do your bit by:

 

Your generosity is much appreciated.

Your donations for school meals empowers aspirations!

Donate To Help School Children in India

Education is every child’s right. However, exercising their right to education is dependent on their parents’ financial condition. Some of us are fortunate that we belong to a family who has given us everything that we have desired for as a child and probably till date even. However, there are children whose parents come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds where even feeding the families with one proper square meal becomes a burdensome task. Such people rely on a children charity in India that works for various causes of children – health, education, food, medical care, etc.

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One such Non-profit organization that works for the cause of ‘Food for education’ of school children is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. It was started in 2000 with the vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ It started off by feeding 1,500 children and feeds 18,02,517 children on a daily basis, as of today.

More about Akshaya Patra…

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the largest implementer of the MDM Programme in India. This means that it feeds 1.8 million children with mid-day meals that are served in 16,856 schools. The meals are prepared in hygienic environments of state-of-the-art kitchens present in 51 locations across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

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Remember the festive season when there are large quantities of food that have to be prepared for the guests to relish? This is the everyday festivity feeling that lingers in the NGOs kitchens. There is a long list of items that have to be prepared on a daily basis. The menu varies from kitchen to kitchen to keep a check on the locally palatable meals that are enjoyed by children. The food that is prepared in Gujarat is different from the food prepared in Telangana. This ensures that the food is tasty, nutritious and enhances cognitive and physical development of school-going children.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. Which means that when you decide to donate for children’s school meals, along with the satisfactory feeling that you have brought in change to a child’s life, you also are eligible to save for yourself. How? When you sponsor a child’s meal, you are will receive a donor certificate and you gain tax benefits. On every donation you can claim tax deduction under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Donate towards Akshaya Patra

Feed the hope of feeding more children every day!

71st Republic Day Celebration with Children Charity in India

We are in the 71st year of regulation of The Indian Constitution. It is the day when we reminisce the historic moment when the Constitution of India came into force. For all the people back in the year 1950, it meant something more than Republic Day, it meant – Complete Freedom.

The freedom to express yourself, freedom to exercise your duties, freedom to serve people of your country, freedom to donate online towards a cause, freedom to volunteer in activities, etc. gives so much meaning to our lives. We are basically exercising our literal selves of being Human and feeling what Humanity is.

In our own small or big ways, we all can do something towards the betterment of the Nation. For instance, donating towards an organization or NGO in India can potentially impact thousands and lakhs of people across the country. And there are approximately 3.2 million registered NGOs in India working for causes ranging from human to environment, health to education, skill development to economic transformation and much more.

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Which registered NGO can you donate your money to?

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. It has continuously been working towards providing school meals to children since its inception. It has come a long way from feeding 1,500 children in the year 2000 to feeding over 1.8 million children till today.

It implements the Mid-Day Meals Scheme and provides wholesome school meals in 16,856 Government and Government-aided schools spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories in India. It serves healthy and nutritious meals that are location specific and palatable by school children. It serves different items on every day in a cyclical order so that children can get the right amount of nutrition and also get a variety of food items on their plates. The kitchens from the Foundation serve different dishes in different states. For example – It serves Bendekai pulsu curry in Andhra Pradesh, Leaf pappu and cucumber Pappu in Telangana, Aloo soyabadi in Chhattisgarh, Dal Dhokli in Gujarat, Bisibelebath in Karnataka, Thepla in Rajasthan, etc.

All the dishes on the menu ensure overall development of school children. This Republic Day you can make a difference by exercising your freedom to donate, support and help children in bringing their dreams to fruition.

This Republic Day, celebrate with Akshaya Patra!

Share your patriotism with 1.8 million children!

Feed for their future & save tax!

Celebrate Diwali 2019 with The Akshaya Patra Foundation | Gift A Meal

Make Diwali 2019 a celebration of
victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali is a festival of lights and is one of the most-awaited festivals in India. People across the country light diyas, decorate their houses and offices, offer prayers, distribute gifts and sweets to near and dear ones, organise get-togethers, and enjoy fireworks. Diwali celebration has its significance across various belief systems but the symbolic cord that runs across all of them is the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

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Diwali gift ideas

Diwali is one of those festivals where people gift each other as a mark of love, goodwill, respect, and gratefulness. We always look for unique Diwali gift ideas to make the celebrations memorable and joyful. Catering to the ever-growing demands and needs of each generation, the market is flooded with both traditional and new-age gifts; and the overwhelming offers by brands and online stores indeed spoil us for choices. Festive apparels, sweets, gadgets, home appliances, home decor items, eco-friendly gifts and the list goes on – our list of ‘to be bought’ never ends. While you already have listed down whom to gift what, would you like to make Diwali 2019 a little different than usual?

Add ‘Gift a Meal’ to your list of Diwali gifts 

As you brighten up your home with diyas, spread light to the lives of children belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds. All you have to do is, provide them with school meals!

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Yes, your donation on Diwali to The Akshaya Patra Foundation will make sure more than 1.8 million+ children receive nutritious lunch on each school day. Akshaya Patra is an NGO in India implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for the past 18 years. Through this programme, the NGO provides freshly cooked, wholesome meals to more than 1,802,517 children in 16,856 Government and Government-aided schools in 51 locations across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

Your choice of adding ‘Gift a Meal’ in the list of Diwali gift ideas will:

  • Defeat classroom hunger by nourishing children with the goodness of wholesome meals;
  • Brighten up their lives with health and fitness by countering lack of nutrition; and
  • Empower them with education and knowledge to triumph over the ignorance that comes with illiteracy.

The best part of ‘Gift a Meal’ is, by choosing to contribute Rs. 1,100 as donation on Diwali, you can gift a year full of daily school meals to a child.

This Diwali, multiply your joy by sharing a part of your festive light with children for whom the ray of hope lies in the meals they receive at school!

Sponsor A Child For One Year Through Akshaya Patra

Rs. 1,100 – what can it get you – a shirt, dinner for two, a pair of shoes, grocery for a week, a movie ticket at a multiplex… or have we forgotten the value of a 1000-rupee note as demonetization marked its exit? Well, this humble amount of money has much more to it than meets the eye!

Indu has been abandoned by her father after the demise of her mother. She is taken care of by her grandmother who does small tailoring jobs to make the ends meet. While the grandmother was juggling the possibilities of providing education to Indu, her neighbour suggested a nearby school which provided free school meals too. Indu’s grandmother thought no further and got little Indu enrolled in the school immediately. Today, Indu is a Standard VI student. She dearly values her grandmother’s care and understands the struggles she has been through in taking care of Indu. Indu says, “I aim to become a doctor to ‘cure my grandmother’. I see her coughing all day round, increasing at night. When I rub her back to comfort, she says, ‘until My Little Doctor is with me, nothing can harm me.’ The high cost of health care keeps my grandmother away from a check-up. By becoming a doctor, I want to cure my grandmother and provide free treatment to other people as well.” 

School children-Unleash the power of Rs. 1,100

This is just one story among 17,65,597 children – the beneficiaries of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO that provides free school meals, on each school day.

What’s the role of Rs. 1,100?

Rs. 1,100 = Health + Education + Confidence + Power to realise aspirations.

Yes, when you sponsor a child through Akshaya Patra by donating Rs. 1,100, you essentially provide a child with nutritious and sumptuous school meals for an entire year. And these meals ensure their good health and regular schooling. So, when you do the math, it indicates that your contribution of Rs. 1,100 is preparing a child to be an empowered and resourceful citizen in the near future. Now, imagine if you keep adding this humble denomination, how many assets you would be creating for the nation. In essence, there lies the answer to the significant role of Rs. 1,100!

How to support Akshaya Patra?

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector. It has a remarkable history of 18+ years of serving children with wholesome school meals. The Foundation that started off with feeding just 1,500 children in five schools, today feeds 17,65,597 children in 15,668 schools situated across 45 locations in 12 states of India. Akshaya Patra humbly dedicates this progress to the unceasing support of the Central Government and various State Governments along with thousands of philanthropic supporters who generously donate for children.

You can support this NGO through online donation and also by creating campaigns to conduct online fundraising. So, take a step to unleash the power of Rs. 1,100 because it can ensure no child in India is be deprived of education because of hunger – a vision that steers all the efforts of Akshaya Patra.

 

 

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!