Akshaya Patra – Facilitating the reach of nutrition

There has been no looking back for The Akshaya Patra Foundation since 2000, the year it began its journey in the service of children by providing mid-day meal. Akshaya Patra started the meal programme by feeding jut 1,500 children in five schools of Bangalore. During the course of time it realised that need to extend this programme to many more locations too so that children across the country can get benefitted through this programme. Working with the Government of India and employing the Public-Private Partnership model of functioning Akshaya Patra gradually started spreading its wings beyond its first location Bangalore.

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Akshaya Patra began introducing its kitchen in other parts of Karnataka. Slowly, with the invitation of other State Governments and philanthropic mission of various corporates and organisations the Foundation elaborated its expansion map to other states of India. The overwhelming support from the Government of India along with steady support from donors allowed Akshaya Patra to move on a continuous growth path. A recent and significant development came by as Akshaya Patra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Government and the Tata Trust to assist in the project of setting up of a centralised kitchen in Maharashtra. This project aims at providing wholesome meal at Ashram-shalas. The pilot projects are set to launch in two locations of Maharashtra – Mundhegaon in Nashik and Kambalgaon in Palghar on 1st August and 15th August respectively.

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Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said that the centralised kitchen will help in providing wholesome food at Ashram-Shalas that are run by Tribal Development Department and NGOs. Going forward the project will be launched in a large scale from December 15 covering the entire state of Maharashtra and especially areas where there is prevalence of malnutrition. Ratan Tata, Tata Chairman Emeritus was also present at the occasion.

Akshaya Patra works with the Government and the private sector in ensuring that every child receives their share of a nutritious meal every day.


The Akshaya Patra Foundation, NGO in India has implemented the mid-day meal scheme to feed the future of India. The organization is feeding the government school children of 24 locations across 10 states in India.

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Impact of mid-day meal on growing children

Over the years, the Mid-Day Meal Scheme has proved itself to be a supporting pillar in the overall development of children even at the grass root level of the society. The Scheme that was initiated by Government of India is being implemented by various Non-Governmental Organisations too. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one among the various NGOs. Akshaya Patra began providing school lunch at five Government schools in Bengaluru city of Karnataka in 2000. This was even before the official central mandate in 2003 by the Government of India to provide free cooked mid-day meal at all Government schools. But after the mandate was passed, Akshaya Patra partnered with the Government of India in providing cooked meals at schools. Since then, Akshaya Patra has been working in a Public-Private Partnership model to achieve the six objectives of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme i.e.:

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  • Eliminating classroom hunger
  • Increasing school enrolment
  • Increasing school attendance
  • Improving socialization among castes
  • Addressing malnutrition, and
  • Women empowerment

During the course of implementing the mid-day meal programme for 15 years now, Akshaya Patra has also conducted impact studies of the programme in association with noted research organisations. The Akshaya Patra kitchen process and operations has also become a part of prestigious institutes like Harvard Business School. Below are mention of few impact studies that clearly showcase the significance and potential of the mid-day meal programme in eliminating classroom hunger, improving child health and also increasing enrolment and concentration of children.

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  • ‘Assessment of Mid-Day Meal Programme In 8 States’ by Sigma Research and Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
  • ‘Impact Assessment Study Report of The Akshaya Patra Foundation – HPCL Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects (2012-13)’ by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
  • ‘Report on Measuring the Impact of Mid- Day-Meal on Child Growth’ by Department of Public Health Manipal University
  • ‘Evaluation of the Mid-Day Meal Programme – June 2012’ by Kusuma Trust U.K.
  • ‘Impact study 2012’ by Edumedia
  • ‘Impact Assessment of The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Mid-Day Meal Programme 2010’ by A.C. Nielsen
  • ‘Akshaya Patra: Feeding India’s School Children’ by Harvard business school

A click on Akshaya Patra Impact Studies will take you to the details of each of the above mentioned studies. To support Akshaya Patra, donate online to charity.

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Bollywood Star Ranveer Singh campaigns for Akshaya Patra!

Since inception in June 2000, Akshaya Patra has seen involvement of people from all walks of life towards the noble cause of feeding children. Akshaya Patra always provides a platform for existing supporters as well as invites new supporters to get involved in nation building through feeding the young hearts. Over the years of implementing the mid-day meal programme, Akshaya Patra has witnessed that each meal has its own story and each beneficiary has his or her own special dream. Thus the Foundation has always thrived to provide quality, hygienic and tasty mid-day meal each day to each of the beneficiaries.

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Currently, Akshaya Patra is operational in 24 locations of 10 states. Each day, Akshaya Patra feeds mid-day meal to more than 1.4 million children across Government schools. It aims to feed 5 million children by 2020. The task indeed is humongous but not unattainable. Working towards the mission, Akshaya Patra welcomes participation from each member of the country. The participation could be in the form of skill, time, funds, awareness creation or even volunteering. The recent partnership with Ching’s Secret is an exemplary one as it has brought in Ranveer Singh, the Brand Ambassador of Ching’s Secret and popular Bollywood Star to campaign for Akshaya Patra.

Ranveer has been actively involved in the planning and execution of the campaign called ‘India Ke Hunger Ki Bajao’. The campaign aims to feed at least 1 million children across the country. Ranveer’s sincere support towards the children was witnessed as he offered his support to 10,000 children and sponsored their mid-day meals for an entire year at the launch of the campaign. Along with Akshaya Patra beneficiaries as Ranveer appeals in this video it just takes 10 seconds and a minimum amount of Rs. 750 to feed a child for an entire year. This amount has the potential to nourish and change the life of millions of young citizens. The campaign will receive broadcast in television, radio and digital platforms. It is also being supported by well-known brands like Yash Raj Films, India TV, Red FM, Reliance Fresh, Patel Bros., Paytm, Choitrams and Fluence.

Managing Director of Capital Foods (Ching’s Secret’s parent company), Ajay Gupta opines that it’s time to give back to the society and education of children will definitely lead to a better future of the country. Ranveer Singh too adds that he loves kids and being able to be involved with the cause of Akshaya Patra gives him immense joy. He believes that being the role of Indian youth, he will be able to spread the message and bring in maximum participation for the cause.

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A quick recap of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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How much do you know about The Akshaya Patra Foundation? Here are some basic facts about the organisation to get you up to speed.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation was started in the year 2000, in Bangalore to provide the mid-day meal programme to Government school children in the region. The programme which began with feeding just 1,500 students across 5 schools in Bangalore today feeds over 1.4 million children across 10,661 Government and Government aided schools, in 10 states of India.

Akshaya Patra today runs 23 kitchens, from which 21 are centralised and two are decentralised. 11 kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified while the remaining are in the process of certification.

Akshaya Patra is guided by its vision which states that ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ and is working to fulfil its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is run based on a public-private partnership model which has proved to be extremely successful. The Foundation has received numerous awards such as the CII Food Safety Awards, is a five time winner of the ICAI Gold Shield award for excellence in financial reporting resulting in Akshaya Patra joining the ICAI Hall of Fame, a five time winner of the SAFA awards and many more.

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Support your team and Akshaya Patra with #TicketToCheer

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Support your favourite team and an Akshaya Patra beneficiary by buying a #TicketToCheer! This initiative which is supported by ESPNcricinfo, foodpanda and freecharge allows fans to show their love for cricket, their spirit of sportsmanship and their desire to end childhood hunger in India. Supporters can purchase a ticket and as a result feed one child the mid-day meal for an entire year.

To support this initiative which is in aid of Akshaya Patra, all one needs to do is:

  • Log onto #TicketToCheer, and select the team and match you are rooting for
  • Choose the number of tickets to purchase – Each ticket value is Rs, 750, the amount to feed a child the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal for a year
  • Receive the personalised Ticket To Cheer
  • Share this ticket on social media

The #TicketToCheer programme provides a platform for fans to celebrate the world cup and express their support for Akshaya Patra’s programme via social media. In addition to this, the contributions are eligible for a 100% tax exemption for amounts above Rs. 500/-

However TicketToCheer is a social media initiative to address the common love for the cricket world cup and Akshaya Patra’s cause. It does not provide access to the ongoing world cup.

Log onto #TicketToCheer to support your favourite team and feed a child now.

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Support a child on Diwali

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated across India. Met with great anticipation in the month of October, families and friends gather throughout the country to partake in the festivities. The festival which signifies a triumph of good versus evil, and light over dark is enjoyed through parties, the exchange of gifts and the lighting of lamps and fire crackers.

 

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The festival is of such great importance that every year crores of rupees are spent purchasing gifts, firecrackers and food to celebrate. However, in contrast to all the pomp and splendour of the occasion, millions of children in India spend the festival hungry, with no access to their basic nutritional requirements. As a result of this hunger they have to take up child labour at the cost of the free and compulsory education afforded to them by the Government of India.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation tries to provide food for education to every child in need through its mid-day meal programme. Currently feeding over 1.4 million children across India on every school day, the Foundation aims to reach 5 million children by 2020.

On the occasion of this festival, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has a way to make your Diwali even more special. By making a donation to the organisation you can help provide nutrition to an underprivileged child and help send him/her to school to get educated. Donate to commemorate this special occasion with your family and friends, and make your Diwali more auspicious and brighter than before.

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A selfless soul

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Mahantesh certainly has the respect of his teachers and peers! Describing the young boy, Shankar Gangannavar the Head Master of the Government Kannada Higher Primary School at Saraswatipura in Dharwad says, “He is the Prime Minister of our school. A good organiser, an orator and he also sets an example to many of our students.” This is high praise indeed.

But Mahantesh has proved that he is worthy of being held in such high esteem. At just 12 years of age he has a reputation of being selfless with his peers. He is a hardworking young boy who has a dream to become a scientist one day. He nurtures his love for studies, and even knows what he wants to do in the future. “I love science and I want to take it up when I go to college. My parents are very supportive of me. Even my teachers are. I feel happy to come here to school especially to learn,” he says.
Aside from being devoted to his studies Mahantesh also loves to draw and sketch, and he loves music too. As a beneficiary of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme Mahantesh gets a filling, healthy meal on every school day that helps him concentrate on his studies and his hobbies as well. “I love the Akshaya Patra meals. The food is filled with vegetables which are healthy, tasty and nutritious. I thank Akshaya Patra for giving us meals every afternoon,” he says.
Mahantesh is currently preparing to take part in a state level essay writing competition that will happen in October, 2014 in Bangalore. He has already won the first place for the same competition in Dharwad last year.
His father works at a Kirana store and his mother is a housewife. They have definitely instilled all the right values into this charming young boy, values that we hope will take him far and see him succeed in the future. We wish him all the best!

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Akshaya Patra inaugurates 200,000 meal capacity kitchen in Ahmedabad!

 

Akshaya Patra Inaugurates 20000o meal capacity kitchen in Ahmedabad

Continuing its trend of constant innovation and improvement, The Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurated its Ahmedabad kitchen in Gujarat on 03 August, 2014.

Replacing the kitchen in Gandhinagar, this kitchen is spread over two acres of land, and is one of the largest kitchens in India. The inauguration was attended by the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, as well as Vasuben Trivedi, MOS – Women and Child Development, Government of Gujarat.

This kitchen is equipped to produce up to 200,000 meals in five hours, and feeds 121,508 children across 666 schools in the districts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The kitchen following the centralised model utilises modern machinery ensuring excellent efficiency and large scale cooking.

The Ahmedabad kitchen which is ISO 22000:2005 certified, includes a full-scale bakery that can produce wheat items, has been constructed over three floors and uses the gravity flow system while cooking the mid-day meals.

This kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and cooking vessels to ensure tasty, safe and sufficient food to the children benefitting from the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme. The kitchen is fitted with Steam Generating Boilers with a capacity of 2000 kgs, a roti making machine, 7 stage rice cleaning machine, as well as rice and dal silos.

This kitchen has been constructed through the donation of some esteemed well-wishers. Chimanlal Agrawal & family, and Nandlal Agrawal & family donated the land for the project, while the Hans Foundation donated towards the capital expenditure, kitchen equipment and vehicles, and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) co-sponsored the undertaking by donating kitchen equipment.

Speaking of her support towards The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Anandiben Patel said, “I strongly believe the mid-day meal from The Akshaya Patra Foundation will fulfill the goal of making Gujarat free of malnutrition. I hope the healthy and nutritious food provided to children from Akshaya Patra will build healthy minds and body. The Gujarat government is eager to support Akshaya Patra’s activities to build a strong society and a strong nation. I wish success to all the people working in the new centralised kitchen of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.”

This kitchen marks another milestone in Akshaya Patra’s mission to feed 5 million children by 2020.

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