The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s 15 years of service

15 anniversary

With the vision ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, The Akshaya Patra Foundation set forth its journey in June 2000. It began implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme by feeding just 1,500 children in five government schools of Bengaluru city. Over the service of 15 years the beneficiary of the NGO has increased to nearly 15 lakhs and it is operational in 24 locations across 10 states of India. As The Akshaya Patra Foundation gets ready for celebrating 15 years of service towards children, it acknowledges the support and aid it has received from generous and sympathetic supporters like you.  It also acknowledges that without the philanthropic support that the Foundation has received over the years such a leap in beneficiary base and operational expansion would not have been possible. We express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for having journeyed with us for over a decade.


In order to further the potential and reach of the Mid-Day Meal Programme, Akshaya Patra brings together dedication, technological innovation, standard operational processes and good governance into practice. The amalgamation of all these elements allows the Foundation to serve clean, hygienic, freshly cooked nutritious meal to lakhs of children every day across all locations. To get a quick review of the past 15 years and the distance we have covered in reaching our mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020, join us in celebrating 15 years of service through which lakhs of underserved children received the goodness of food and much needed education.

How to Get involved with Akshaya Patra Children Charity

Every now and then we ask how we could contribute to making the world a better place. At Akshaya Patra, we give supporters the chance to help the future of India. The several volunteering opportunities available at Akshaya Patra give supporters the opportunity to work in partnership with the organisation without interfering with their day-to-day activities and responsibilities.

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There are several ways to volunteer with the organisation:

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) opportunities– By supporting Akshaya Patra’s goal of providing food for education, any CSR activity will benefit school children in India. Our tie-ups with several philanthropic partners include generous contributions through funds and in-kind. Akshaya Patra welcomes strategic cause-marketing initiatives, innovation and project solutions for the children.

Volunteer opportunities– Being an online supporter will help spread Akshaya Patra’s message across the world. Promoting the cause on various social media platforms brings awareness about the Foundation’s work. To nurture good relationships between supporters and the organisation, Akshaya Patra welcomes sharing and implementing innovative fundraising ideas which can be done at home, at school or in the community. If you are a budding scribe or a social media junkie who wants to make a difference, join Akshaya Patra’s online platforms.

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Fundraise with Akshaya Patra– With collaborated efforts, reaching any goal will be made easy. To make a difference in the lives of children, supporters can fundraise by creating a campaign for Akshaya Patra. With active fundraising campaigns also running in parallel, supporters can join any of those campaigns and make a contribution towards the cause.

Partnerships – Since its inception in 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked closely with reputed individuals and companies. Aiming to build strong ties, the Foundation encourages partnerships with the vision of ending classroom hunger in India. If interested kindly write to in to .

With the mission to feed 5 million children by 2020, Akshaya Patra encourages individuals to join forces with the organisation and work towards uplifting the underserved children in India.

To know more about the opportunities, visit Akshaya Patra Get Involved.

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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Feeding the future of India

Feeding the future of India

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO implementing the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme across Government schools. It was initiated in the year 2000 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Initially it began feeding in five Government schools of the Bengaluru city. Witnessing the overwhelming response for the need of the programme, Akshaya Patra strategically began expanding its operations to other parts of the state and eventually to other states of India. Currently, Akshaya Patra is feeding Government school children of 24 locations across 10 states namely: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. In total, Akshaya Patra feeds more than 1.4 million children every day across the country.

These beneficiaries come from humble background but bring with them high aspirations. They are determined enough to not let their unfavourable socio-economic status come as a hurdle when it is the question of pursuing their dreams. At Akshaya Patra, each meal has its own unique story. Hence, the NGO ensures that it provides nutritious, hygienic and tasty food on each day. It also designs its menu based on the location to cater to the local palate. For example: the menu of Akshaya Patra kitchen at Karnataka will cater to South Indian palate whereas the menu item of Akshaya Patra Gujarat will cater to North Indian palate.

Over the years of implementation of mid-day meal, the Government of India along with partner NGOs has witnessed positive impact on the growth, development and regularity to school among children. Studies have also brought to fore that there has been increase in enrolment and attendance, also decreasing the rate of dropout. Mid-Day Meal Scheme has shown significant results in countering classroom hunger among children. These positive alterations during the growth years of children give them the confidence to lead a self-sustaining life in the future. It instils in them the determination and certainty of being able to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty, hunger and illiteracy.

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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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Feeding initiatives of Akshaya Patra

Years of determined service has gained The Akshaya Patra Foundation a prominent name in the mid-day meal sector. Akshaya Patra has been a noted name among non-profit organisations both at national and international platform. During its service of 15 years Akshaya Patra has received support from Central Government of India, various State Governments, Government bodies, philanthropic organisations, public sector organisations, private sector organisations, volunteer groups and individuals. All these support were effectively and strategically utilised to operate, manage, sustain and expand the mid-day meal programme. Along with working towards its primary cause of providing mid-day meals to children of Government schools, Akshaya Patra is also involved in other feeding initiatives.


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Some of the feeding initiatives of Akshaya Patra are as follows:

  • Providing food at Anganwadi centres across many locations in the country
  • Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
  • Providing food for inmates in old-age homes
  • Feeding children in special schools
  • Feeding runaway children
  • Providing food to the homeless
  • Providing subsidised lunch for the economically backward
  • Providing food as a measure of disaster relief

During its course of service to children, The Akshaya Patra Foundation at many instances has also been part of various disaster relief teams. It has worked on the requests from both Central Government and State Governments to provide food as a relief measure for victims at drought hit regions and flood affected areas of the country. In the recent Nepal earthquake too, Akshaya Patra heeded the request of Prime Minister Office (PMO) and promptly acted upon sending food for the affected people of the region.

Thus, the ‘inexhaustible vessel of food’ always has enough meals for all!


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Baran kitchen celebrated a decade of service

A 2005 survey conducted in Baran district brought to fore the considerable presence of malnourished children in the area. As the population belonged to low-income nomadic tribes they were constantly on the move in search of employment which made their children forgo education. The presence of a mid-day meal kitchen was crucial and at the same time challenging. The terrain and poor road connectivity were posing hurdles in constructing a centralised kitchen unit of Akshaya Patra. That is when Akshaya Patra team came up with the idea of setting up decentralised kitchen. Baran became the first decentralised kitchen of Akshaya Patra.

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With the support and approval from the village Sarpanch (head of the village), Akshaya Patra hired local women to form Women Self Help Groups. The Foundation trained these groups on cooking nutritious food, hygiene practices and following food safety measures while preparing mid-day meals for children. This set forth the momentum of service in Baran district in 2005. This year on the 25th of April Baran celebrated its 10 years of service to children and women too. It was a celebration of decade long joy, achievement and satisfaction of transforming thousands of lives.

The Baran kitchen was exemplary in terms of service because it not only served meals to children but also engaged women folk as permanent employees. It was observed that many of the school students were the children of the kitchen employees itself. This was a strong factor that motivated the cooks to prepare meals in a hygienic and nutritious way for all the children. The permanency of their job allowed their children to attend school regularly and they no more lived as migrant workers.

Agreed to the fact that challenges were a part of setting up this kitchen but the existence of it for the past 10 years is a testimony of the trust an fulfilling relationship Akshaya Patra has had with the employees, children and residents of Baran district. Today Akshaya Patra feeds 9,855 children across 101 Government schools in the region and employs 215 women in its decentralised kitchen. It also provides nutritional support to 1,695 infants across 48 Anganwadi centres in the region.

Kudos to all the employees and supporters at Baran for their unflinching commitment throughout 10 years of service!

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Fuelling her dreams with Akshaya Patra meals

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Monica Devi is a student of the Zilla Parishad High School in Patancheru, Hyderabad. She is also a beneficiary of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme.

Monica has not had an easy life. In fact, she’s had a harder life than most. When she was just seven years old her father left Monica’s mother and their two children to fend for themselves. Monica’s mother struggled to make a living for their small family by getting employed as a housekeeper at a multinational company, while the grandmother looked after the children.

Despite these hardships Monica has done well for herself at school, making sure she places amongst the top rankers of the class. Her brother is also making headway at an industrial training course in Hyderabad.

Monica is focused on succeeding in life, and even makes sure that she attends tuition after class. To add to this she also spends her free time reading to keep focused.

So where does she get all this energy from? The Akshaya Patra mid-day meal certainly helps provide her with the daily nutrition and energy she needs to study hard, assimilate information and strive on towards her goals. Monica is especially pleased that Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal is provided to so many children in her school. Her favourite dishes on the weekly menu are the aloo (potato) and brinjal (eggplant) curry. “Just before lunch, my friends and I can’t stop thinking about the meal,” says Monica.

It’s a pleasure to see young children like Monica relishing Akshaya Patra’s healthy, tasty meals, and using it to fuel their ambitions for the future.


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#GivingTuesday was celebrated with a zing

#GivingTuesday celebrated on 2nd December globally was a big day for philanthropists all over the world and so for Akshaya Patra. Marked on the Tuesday following the American Thanksgiving day, #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving generously to those in need. Conceptualised to combat the effects of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a social media movement that encourages people all over the world to give in any shape, form or amount they want.

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People can choose to make a donation to a charity they like, or share an encouraging thought on an online community, or even spend some time with a friend in need. How you do it, and how much you want to give is up to you.
For NGOs and corporates globally this is a big day. Companies have made elaborate plans to run #GivingTuesday campaigns as part of their mandatory CSR (corporate social responsibility) agendas, while NGOs in turn have eagerly teamed up with corporates to gather some much needed support and funding for their cause.
In fact, Cisco whose local partner in India is The Akshaya Patra Foundation, ran a retweet race on Twitter using the following tweet: RT @CiscoLocal: Help our #GivingTuesday partner in #India @AkshayaPatra feed kids. 1 RT of this tweet=$1 in next hour #ciscohungerrelief.
In addition to this Hyatt Place Hampi awarded Akshaya Patra the 2014 Hyatt Community Grant to the amount of US$15,000 on the occasion of #GivingTueday.
It is indeed an honour for Akshaya Patra to be associated with distinguished names like Cisco and Hyatt Hotels, especially on an auspicious occasion like #GivingTuesday.

Looking back at Click a Smile 2013


In preparation for Click a Smile 2014, the annual photography competition held by The Akshaya Patra Foundation for amateur and professional photographers, here is a recap of last year’s event.

The competition ran from 20th November to 22nd December, 2013, and focussed on capturing the innocence and beauty behind a child’s smile. The only stipulation was that the contestants must send in their best three photographs of a smiling child (or children). The children could be featured at home, at school, in the neighbourhood or even the playground.

The competition last year drew in a huge response with over 700 photographs being entered. Out of these many images 1st place went to Moni Sankar Das for his photograph titled ‘Smiling’, 2nd place to Seyed Ali Seyedi for his ‘The hole of Happiness’ and 3rd place to Kaushik Majumder for his ‘Before Fest’. The winners were selected by renowned photographer, D. Radhakrishnan Nair.

Aside from the three top winners, six consolation prizes were chosen. The winners were Suman Bhattacharyya for his ‘Blooming Buds’, Raghu Ranjan Sarkar for his ‘Colourful Buds’, Nyugen Dong for ‘Happyness with Rain’, Soumalya Kumar De for ‘Keep smiling, the world needs beautiful things’, Jayanta Roy for ‘My Friends’ and Kumar Bishwajit for ‘Embracing the Beauty of Autumn’.

The competition was then opened up to the fans via social media where they were allowed to vote for the photographs they liked best. The two Viewer’s Choice photographs selected were ‘Let your smile change the world’ by Kartikey Brahmkshatriya and ‘Building Blocks’ by Arnab Adak.

The photographs can be viewed on Akshaya Patra’s Facebook album.

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Celebrate Daan Utsav with Akshaya Patra

Joy Of Giving 2014

Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving Week as it was previously known, is celebrated between the 2nd and 8th of October every year in India. This is a time when the entire country comes together to support philanthropic causes and provide support to the less privileged members of society.

Daan Utsav is a very important time for NGOs all over the country as it gives them a platform to reach out to millions of people, and gain involvement for a myriad of worthy causes. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO that has the potential to make a huge impact on the lives of underprivileged children during Daan Utsav. Akshaya Patra, which reaches out to over 1.4 million children on every school day with the mid-day meal, works to eliminate classroom hunger in India.

Daan Utsav sees the whole hearted involvement of the public across age groups, occupations and cultures in donating to those in need, either monetarily or through volunteering time and skills. This Daan Utsav help change the course of a child’s life by donating to The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Make a donation in either cash or kind (food grains etc.), adopt a school, donate a vehicle, volunteer at a school, teach a skill, or anything else that you would like to do, and support a child in fulfilling his/her dreams.

There are many ways to help the Akshaya Patra beneficiaries this Daan Utsav, and even help the Foundation reach out to more children. All you need to do is get involved.

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