Akshaya Patra provides midday meal to 1.8 million+ children across India

Midday meal is a provision made by the Government of India to provide cooked meals to school children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools. This initiative is the largest school meal programme in the world.

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To maximise the benefits of this programme, Government has partnered with NGOs to mobilise community support and reach children even at the grassroot level. One of the pioneer NGOs that stepped in as an implementing partner for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. A non-profit organization (NPO) in India, Akshaya Patra has been providing freshly cooked, nutritious, and locally palatable meals to children for the past 19 years. Akshaya Patra is headquartered in Bengaluru with a PAN India reach.

Akshaya Patra was established in 2000 with the vision,
‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’.

During the initial days, this children NGO provided meals to 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru. Witnessing the critical need of this meal in supporting schooling of children, Akshaya Patra gradually expanded its programme to other locations. In the meantime, the Supreme Court of India also read out a landmark 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 mandate was a welcome progression for Akshaya Patra and this non-profit organization (NPO) in India partnered with the Government to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

Today, Akshaya Patra takes care of daily school meals of
1.8 million+ children across India.

By operating in a public-private partnership model, which has also been recognised as one of the best replicable models, this children NGO expanded its operations from one location to 51 locations. Currently, it has its own kitchens and delivery logistics across 12 states and 2 Union Territories to prepare and deliver midday meals to schools. All its kitchens follow industry standard operating processes with utmost adherence to cleanliness and hygiene practices.

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Midday meal is a great incentive for families belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds to send their children to school.

Over the years, it has been observed that the school meals open the gates of school for children who would have to otherwise work to earn a square meal. The midday meals have:

  • increased school enrolment
  • regularised attendance
  • decreased drop-out rate
  • improved health of children
  • boosted academic performance
  • supported continuity of schooling

Support this non-profit organization (NPO) in India to reach more children with nutritious school meals. Your support will uphold health, education, and dreams of millions of children across India.

Donating to a non-governmental organization is one of the noblest ways to save tax

We are all aware of income tax and we are also aware that it is our fundamental duty to pay taxes on time every year. Taxes are applicable for all salaried and self-employed individuals earning above a certain income level. Additionally, businesses also need to declare their income and profit based on which the tax slab is decided for them. The taxes we pay are utilised by the government for developmental and security purposes such as constructing hospitals, schools, welfare centres, roads, maintenance of defence forces and the like. However, the Government has also made the provision of tax deductions for the welfare of the taxpayers.

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Applicability of tax deduction

The Government of India has made a provision under the Income Tax Act that relaxes the taxable amount of those who have made investment for the welfare of the self or the society. For instance, with regards to welfare of the self, if you are paying for house rent or children education; or you have invested on housing loan or medical insurance, you can avail tax deductions on your taxable income. Similarly, with regards to welfare of the society, is you contribute donations to registered non-governmental organizations in India, you can avail tax benefits under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Charity – the noblest way to save tax

Investing on personal progress is a must, but at the same time, we must also look beyond ourselves. As citizens, it is our responsibility to contribute towards the upliftment and development of the country. Hence, as a means to encourage people to get involved with charitable organisations, the Government has made the provision of tax exemption donation.

Funds and fundraising are an important aspect of an NGOs operations and your contribution supports non-governmental organisations in India to make progresses in their respective fields of work. This in turn brings about a desirable and sustainable change in the society.

For instance, if you relate to women empowerment, you can choose any of the NGOs working in this field. Similarly, if you strongly identify with health and education of children, you can support child-centric NGOs such as The Akshaya Patra Foundation that provides free school meals to more than 1.8 million children on each school day across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

When you donate to registered non-governmental organisations in India, you may either get 100% or 50% exemption on the donated amount based on a pre-decided slab and criterions set by the Income Tax Act depending on the type of NGO and its cause. Your support to any charitable causes makes you a part of the solution for several critical issues obstructing the progress of the society. Your choice of NGO could be any but your support potentially transforms the entire ecosystem of the society for the better along with making you eligible for tax exemption donation.

In conclusion, as you invest for yourself, take a moment to act for the society too of which you are an integral part!

Disclaimer: Each of the above-mentioned tax exemption plans/investments has its own terms and conditions. Hence, it is advised to understand the respective tax exemption clauses prior to making an investment or a claim.

Observe International Day of the Girl Child with Akshaya Patra

11th October is International Day of the Girl Child.

International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child is an annual and global observation held every 11th of October. The aim of observing this day is to highlight and address various needs and challenges girls face around the world. It is observed so that concerted efforts can be made to promote empowerment of girls as well as uphold their rights. In order to touch upon and address each aspect in totality, this day is celebrated based on specific themes, with the theme for 2019 being “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”. The progress that has been made in the past years has been remarkable – be it in the area of education, skill development, rights, and breaking stereotypes – yet a lot more is needed to be done especially among those girls belonging to rural areas, war-hit zones, and those suffering from disabilities.

“We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life.”

– António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.

Empower girl children with Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs in India. It has been serving freshly cooked, nutritious meals to school-going children for the past 18+ years by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The mid-day meals are a source of nourishment, an incentive for children to attend school, and a strong factor in promoting continuity of schooling for children belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Currently, Akshaya Patra provides nutritious mid-day meals to more than 1.8 million children, on each school day across the length and breadth of India. When you sponsor a child through Akshaya Patra, you give wings to their dreams.

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, here is sharing the dreams of a couple of girl child beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra:

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The above-mentioned were the dreams of just three girls and there are many thousands of such dreams. This International Day of the Girl Child, allow these tiny girls to dream and empower them to achieve it by choosing to feed the children with Akshaya Patra.

 

NGO: Akshaya Patra’s work in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, a state in the northwest part of India is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh most populated. It is the land of royals, forts, palaces, and rich culture and heritage. But amidst the kaleidoscopic outlook lies a gripping concern. Rajasthan has the fourth lowest literacy rate in the country and has the lowest female literacy rate too (Census 2011). It is also one among the BIMARU states that has lowest literacy rate and learning outcomes; the other states being Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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Rajasthan is also battling high rate of out of school and school drop-out rate. The Government has been taking several steps to address this situation with mid-day meal in schools being one of them. As a supporting arm to the Government efforts, The Akshaya Patra Foundation stepped in to the state as an NGO in Rajasthan in 2004.

Background of Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an 18-year old children charity implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across India. It is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka and has its operations in 12 states and 1 Union Territory including Rajasthan.

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At present, Akshaya Patra provides daily school meals to 1,765,436 children studying in 16,785 Government schools and Government-aided schools situated in 49 locations.

Advent in Rajasthan

In the year 2004, Akshaya Patra expanded its operations to Rajasthan by establishing a centralised kitchen in Jaipur. Since then there has been no looking back. Today, this children charity nourishes 2,57,879 children across the state on each school day. Below is a quick look at the location-wise operations and the number of children getting benefitted from the meals provided by this NGO in Rajasthan:

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Where is the meal prepared?

Akshaya Patra has its own kitchen in each location to prepare meals for the children. Among all the Akshaya Patra kitchens in Rajasthan, the Jaipur, Nathdwara, and Ajmer kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified and the remaining kitchens are in the process of certification. All the kitchens – both centralised and decentralised – strictly adhere to hygiene and cleanliness practices while preparing meals. All the centralised kitchens are equipped with hi-tech machines to prepare large quantity meals in a hygienic way each day. Each of the kitchens have a dedicated fleet of customised delivery vehicles to deliver meals hot and fresh to schools. This NGO in Rajasthan follows Kaizen, Continuous Improvement Projects and Six Sigma methodologies in its kitchens to increase productivity and efficiency of the cooking process.

Menu served

Being a children charity, Akshaya Patra ensures that each child relishes their meals by following a menu that suits the local taste buds along with being nutritious. So, as an NGO in Rajasthan, the Foundation’s menu comprises of:

  • roti (Indian flatbread)
  • dal (lentil curry)
  • rice, mixed vegetable curry
  • kadhi (curd-based curry)
  • biscuits
  • khichdi (a dish made of rice, lentils, and vegetables)
  • sweet daliya (a cereal-based dish)
  • cake
  • biscuit
  • kheer (rice-based Indian dessert)

Conclusion

Akshaya Patra wants to expand its reach and benefit more children in the state with wholesome meals and rightful education.

Join hands with Akshaya Patra and be a contributing citizen to make Rajasthan a truly royal state with healthy, educated, and vibrant children.

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!

 

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.

 

 

Celebrate 73rd Independence Day by Supporting Children Charity in India

73rd Indian Independence Day brings up memories of heart-stirring sacrifices, inestimable struggles, heart-warming patriotism… it also gives us moments to revel in the remarkable achievements and progresses India has made since its Independence on 15th August 1947… and it also looks forward to the answer what are we doing for an inclusive progress of the country, here onwards….

15th August, a day of national pride, indeed stirs up the patriotic chord in all of us. This is one day when all Indians feel the spirit of freedom in unison; this is one day when we truly feel the significance of being liberated from the rules of a foreign power. For many, this is also a day to pledge resolutions to serve the nation in whatever way possible.

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Dedicate Independence Day 2019 to children

Clichéd it may sound but today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. A nation is so much liberated as much healthy and secure the childhood of its children are. So, let’s dedicate this Independence Day to the children of the nation. Like it or not, even after 73 years of independence, there are millions of children in India who are yet to receive the assurance of daily meals and schooling. To alter this situation in the best possible way and in the most sustainable manner, many charitable organisations have dedicated their efforts and time to children.

Similar is the focus of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a children charity in India that has been relentlessly working to support education of children by providing them with nutritious mid-day meals at school. The Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India and various State Governments implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of India. At present, this children charity in India is providing wholesome meals to 1,765,597 children studying in 15,668 Government schools and Government-aided schools situated in 45 locations.

#PledgeToFeed with Akshaya Patra

Since its inception in 2000, Akshaya Patra has grown from feeding 1,500 children to nourishing 1,765,597 children in 2019. The ambitions of these children and the visible impact that regular mid-day meals have been creating over the years motivates Akshaya Patra to expand its service to bring more and more children under the ambit of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

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#PledgeToFeed is a platform created by Akshaya Patra this Independence Day where you can support as many children as you wish to. Your generous support today will create the foundation for a nourished and nurtured India. Your support will definitely lead Akshaya Patra in the path to achieving the mission of feeding 5 million children by 2025.

This 73rd Indian Independence Day, celebrate the spirit of freedom with 1.76 million children. Let’s together nourish, educate, and empower children of 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!

Akshaya Patra’s work in Assam and Andhra Pradesh

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit organisation in India has been supporting education by providing nutritious and tasty school lunch to children of Government schools and Government-aided schools since its establishment in 2000.

 

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  • Akshaya Patra is one of the oldest implementors of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
  • Initially, it provided food to children of just five schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Today, it is operational across India.
  • Akshaya Patra has received ICAI Gold Shield Award for excellence in financial reporting for consecutively seven years and has been inducted to ICAI’s Hall of Fame. It is the only NGO in the 70 years history of ICAI to have won this distinction.

 

Akshaya Patra operates centralised kitchens in 43 locations and decentralised kitchens in two locations. It has a well-managed logistics with dedicated fleet of customised meal delivery vehicles for each location. In order to ensure children consume their meals readily and happily, this non-profit organisation has designed location-specific menus by keeping intact the recommended nutritional levels. The menu is also cyclical in nature so that each day children receive different items as part of their school meal.

Below is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s service in Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

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What do beneficiaries say?

The mid-day meals act as an incentive for parents to send their children to school and it adds hope in lakhs of children that their ambitions and dreams are achievable. As an NGO in Assam, this is how Akshaya Patra upkeeps the right to nutrition and education:

  • “Mid-day meals are very important. The mid-day meal served in the school is a relief for the family. At home, it’s mostly rice, dalor pitha (a type of local bread made of rice flour). Vegetables or lentils are not on the family’s menu every day. I enjoy my school lunch especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays when we get kheer, khichdi, and vegetable pulao – a delicacy which is rarely cooked at home.” Mrinmay Malakar.
  • Parvati hails from a challenging background and has the complete support of her mother with regards to her education. She aspires to be a Police Officer. Parvati’s mother opines that education will help her daughter succeed in life and also aid in leading a better life than the current one. The fact that Parvati gets mid-day meal at school comes by as a great relief for the mother.

As an NGO in Andhra Pradesh, this is how Akshaya Patra nurtures dreams:

  • Narsimha Raju says, “If I concentrate on one particular sport, I will excel in that sport only. But, if I concentrate on different sports and education, it will help me become a teacher and produce good sportsmen for our school and the country.”
  • Lalita says, “Due to corruption, people who are in need of the several government schemes are not able to avail the benefits. I want to become a District Collector and make my state corruption-free and ensure that people get the benefits of various schemes.”

Akshaya Patra kitchen in Assam and Andhra Pradesh

You can do wonders with just Rs. 1,100!

Yes, with just Rs. 1,100, you can transform the lives of lakhs of children across India. Your generous contribution to Akshaya Patra, one of the pioneer mid-day meal non-profit organisation in India will nourish, nurture and empower children into resourceful and responsible citizens. Support Akshaya Patra. Support Indian children.

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!