The impact of mid-day meal in Andhra Pradesh

Headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, The Akshaya Patra Foundation began its journey of providing mid-day meals in Andhra Pradesh by establishing itself as a NGO in Visakhapatnam in October 2008. Since then there has been no looking back, and over the past 10 years, this NGO has strategically and sustainably expanded its reach to three more locations in the state namely Kakinada (2015), Mangalagiri (2015), and Nellore (2017). The Foundation operates centralised kitchens in all the four locations and provides locally palatable meals on each school day to children of these locations. The below table shows the location-wise reach of Akshaya Patra in Andhra Pradesh:

Akshaya Patra Reach in AP

Impact of mid-day meal

Over the years, Akshaya Patra has seen tangible impact of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Andhra Pradesh and across India. This Scheme has significantly improved enrolment rates, regularity and attendance of children, immunity and health of children, concentration levels, and academic and co-curricular performance. The below-mentioned determined goals of children are a testimony to the positive effects of mid-day meals in nourishing and nurturing young hearts of Andhra Pradesh:

Akshaya Patra Beneficiaries

By providing mid-day meal in Andhra Pradesh, Akshaya Patra is striving to nourish children with healthy food and nurture their dreams by supporting education. To maximise the impact of the meal Akshaya Patra has designed its menu keeping in mind the local taste of Andhra Pradesh, hence serving items such as rice, vegetable biryani (a popular rice dish), pulihora (tamarind rice), sambar (a mixed vegetable and lentil curry), green leafy vegetable dal (lentil curry), pappucharu (a type of sambar), vegetable curry, raitha (a curd-based side dish), janthikalu (a South Indian savoury snack), sweet pongal (a rice-based sweet dish), and banana.

You can increase the impact

Akshaya Patra has been implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Andhra Pradesh with the support of the Central Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh along with philanthropic donors. You can help increase the impact of this Scheme by joining this on-going effort. Your contribution to Akshaya Patra will be considered as donations under Section 80G i.e. you can avail tax exemption on your donated amount. So, when you donate, it is win-win for the child and yourself – the child receives healthy meals and rightful education and you get the benefits of tax exemption. Choose to donate. It just takes Rs. 1,100 to feed one child for an entire school year. Act now!

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NGO in Andhra Pradesh & Its Kitchen

The Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme is a government initiative to provide freshly cooked nutritious lunch to government and government-aided school children. Over the years, this Scheme has turned out to be a strong medium in the progress of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan. And, so that the benefits reach each and every child, many NGOs have stepped forward to expand this Scheme by partnering with the Central Government and State Governments. One such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation that began its journey as a mid-day meal NGO in Andhra Pradesh in 2008.

Akshaya Patra’s reach in Andhra Pradesh

Mid day meal in Andhra Pradesh

Akshaya Patra began implementing the mid-day meal programme in Andhra Pradesh by establishing its first centralised kitchen in Vishakhapatnam in 2008. Gradually, it expanded its reach by establishing centralised kitchens in Kakinada (2015), Mangalagiri (2016), and Nellore (2017). All the kitchens are 5S and GMP standardised huge cooking units. They strictly adhere to hygiene and cleanliness standards and implement Kaizen, Continuous Improvement Projects and Six Sigma methodologies to improve productivity and efficiency of operational processes. By implementing the mid-day meal scheme in Andhra Pradesh, Akshaya Patra currently provides freshly cooked wholesome school lunch to 74,409 children in 370 schools.

Meal Menu of Andhra Pradesh kitchens

So that children enjoy and eat their school lunch readily, Akshaya Patra has designed its meal menu to suit the local taste of a particular location by maintaining the nutritional quality intact. The items served to children in Andhra Pradesh as part of the school lunch are: rice, vegetable biryani (a popular rice dish), pulihora (tamarind rice), sambar (a mixed vegetable and lentil curry), green leafy vegetable dal (lentil curry), pappucharu (a type of sambar), vegetable curry, raitha (a curd-based side dish), janthikalu (a South Indian savoury snack), sweet pongal (a rice-based sweet dish), and banana.

The prepared meals are delivered to schools in customised insulated delivery vehicles. This helps to retain freshness until it is consumed. Each of the four kitchens in Andhra Pradesh has their designated meal delivery vehicles to deliver meals to children on every school day.

You can make a difference

As a mid-day meal NGO in Andhra Pradesh, Akshaya Patra wants to benefit more children with the goodness of nutritious school lunch. Though the NGO operates in a Public-Private Partnership model and receives government aid to run the programme, it requires support and involvement of the civil society too. It takes just Rs. 950 to feed a child for the entire year. Along with supporting healthy growth in children, this meal gives them an opportunity to attend school and get educated. It upholds the dreams and hopes of children and instils the determination to achieve it. Not 10, but you can always make a difference by feeding at least 1 child. Sponsor a child, today!