Spreading joy to school children for 20 years

The smiles on the faces of children, their chitter-chatter and the eyes that constantly look out for the blue delivery vans, are what keeps The Akshaya Patra Foundation going. What started as feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka has grown to be recognised as the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. The Foundation feeds the children who hail from challenging socio-economic backgrounds with nutritious school meals.

The foundation feeds children studying in 19,039 Government and Government-aided schools from its centralised and decentralised kitchens. As a part of the Mid-Day Meal Programme, locally palatable meals are served in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

To know more about Akshaya Patra’s state-of-the-art kitchens, click here.

Akshaya Patra operates on a Public-Private Partnership model and has fed 1.8 million children every day without a break for the last 20 years. With the vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger,’ the organisation feeds with support from the Government of India, State Governments, corporate partners and philanthropic partners.

By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme, it aims to bring change by:

  • Improving the nutritional status of children
  • Helping children to attend school regularly
  • Providing physical and cognitive development

However, this year’s anniversary is a tad bit different. A mandate was issued for the closure of schools to curb the spread of COVID-19 amongst children. With schools being shut, mid-day meals were not being served. As a result of which, nutritional levels of children dropped drastically and they significantly lost weight. To continue its service towards children, The Akshaya Patra Foundation initiated the Happiness Kits Programme.

To read about Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service, click here.

Happiness Kits are distributed to every mid-day meal beneficiary to support their health, immunity, hygiene and education. Every child receives glucose biscuits, jaggery, peanuts, ragi flour and spices to support their health and boost immunity. To encourage hygiene practices in children, every mid-day meal beneficiary is provided with a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and sanitary pack (for girls). Educational supplies are also provided to each school child that comprises of activity workbooks and stationeries.

To know about Akshaya Patra’s Happiness Kits initiatives and feed the children, click here.

You can be a part of the 20th year anniversary celebrations by joining Akshaya Patra in its feeding initiatives. Extend your support to feed the needy people of India and upkeep health and education of mid-day meal beneficiaries.

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Bring a change with Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service

In the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of affected people is constantly on the rise. The world economy has taken a dip like never before with more number of people becoming jobless or suffering job insecurity.

The labour force of India increased from 424 million in July to 428 million in August, implying that the number of unemployed people increased from 32 million to 36 million.

With majority of the labour force hailing from low-income sections of the society, how much they struggle to make ends meet, is unimaginable. There is one thing in common in the woes of these people – all of them only wish to survive the pandemic and their only need is something as basic as meals. The Government of India has started serving meals to feed the needy people and many non-profit organisations have joined hands. Many generous people donate to NGOs to help in reaching out to more people, even in the remotest areas of the country.

Akshaya Patra’s service to the needy

One NGO that supports the feeding of the needy is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. A cumulative of 9.2-crore meals have been served to people coming from challenging economic backgrounds. As a part of its COVID-19 Relief Service, nutritious, cooked meals are served and dry grocery kits are distributed. Freshly cooked meals help individuals in staying during the pandemic with a full stomach, whereas grocery kits help marginalised families sustain.

Currently the organisation feeds the needy people in Rajasthan, Gujarat, NCR, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.

Core service of Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. Since March 2020, schools have been shut to contain the spread of the virus, it came up with an initiative to serve school children who depended on mid-day meals. It began the Happiness Kits Programme. As a part of this programme, mid-day meal beneficiaries are supported with nutrition, immunity-boosters, hygiene supplies and education materials.

To know what comes in a Happiness Kit, click here.

With each Happiness Kit, children are encouraged to pursue their education while nutritional items keep them going hungry amid the crisis.

Be a part of Akshaya Patra’s initiatives amid the ongoing COVID pandemic

You can be a part of Akshaya Patra in its COVID-19 Relief Services by:

  • Making online donations: Donate towards Akhaya Patra to bring about a positive change in the lives of people from low-income sections of the society.
  • Creating an online fundraiser: You can raise funds for the feeding of needy people with Akshaya Patra with simple steps like creating a title, choosing a target amount and promoting on social media platforms.
  • Going vocal on social media: You can promote about Akshaya Patra and its works by going vocal on social media platforms. Share posts, tweet, like and comment on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Any and every support received from individuals is highly appreciated. Spread the word about us and bring about change in the lives of people.

Address lack of healthy food on this World Food Day

“Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together” is the theme of this year’s World Food Day. Celebrated on 16th October in over 150 countries, and was established by Food and Agriculture Organisation’s member countries in 1979.  There are 690 million people who are affected by hunger. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is estimated to put 132 million more people into the food insecurity bracket by the end of 2020.

To meet the, food needs of the poor during COVID-19 crisis various NGOs have stepped up to feed the needy amid the COVID pandemic. To answer their questions like, “Where do I find food from?” The Akshaya Patra Foundation began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service. As a part of this service:

  • Cooked meals are served: Freshly cooked and hot meals are served to the needy people and marginalised sections of the society. Immunity-rich and healthy meals are served to individuals in need.

Story of Shaheen

14-year-old Shaheen lives in Vadodara and her father is the only bread-winner of the family. He lost his job after the lockdown; buying oil, gas and ration for their family was out of question. She received cooked meals from Akshaya Patra and was even able to take home food for her family.

  • Marginalised families are provided with Grocery Kits: Grocery Kits are provided to help families survive the pandemic.

Story of three sisters

Three sisters from Guwahati, Assam had lost their parents. Since the lockdown began, they did not have any money to buy any food or groceries. They were left helpless without any food to eat. Seeing their plight, The Akshaya Patra Foundation rescued them from their distress by providing grocery kits to them.

  • Mid-day meal beneficiaries received Happiness Kits: Happiness Kits are distributed to Government and Government-aided school children as a part of the Happiness Kits Programme. Each kit supports immunity, nutrition, hygiene and education of children.

Story of Jila

Jila has two daughters and a son who are mid-day meal beneficiaries. After the lockdown, his salary was cut by 50% and they were struggling to make their ends meet. After receiving the Happiness Kits, they are not worried about going hungry.

  • Anganwadi Kits are distributed to children and nursing mothers: Lactating mothers and their child received 2 kits as a part of this programme.

Anganwadi Kits provide the nourishment required by children and lactating mothers. It takes care of their immunity, nutritional requirements and hygiene.

Food is a basic necessity for everyone. On this World Food Day, provide meals to the needy. Help people across various segments with Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Food Relief Service.


Daan Utsav 2020, NGOs in India and You

Giving back to the society has been encouraged time and again. People have joined hands with each other and with various NGOs to bring about a change in communities and the nation as a whole. To make bigger impacts, many individuals and several NGOs in India came together and decided to launch ‘India Giving Week’ in 2009. By 2013, this festival grew manifold and it was necessary to give it a name that was easily understood by everyone. Hence, in 2014, the Joy of Giving Week was renamed as Daan Utsav.

2020 is the 12th year of Daan Utsav and it is celebrated all over India between 2nd October and 8th October. Through online donations and support from various corporate partners, organisations have been able to help the poor and marginalised sections of the society with clothes, education, healthcare, meals, etc. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that works towards its core cause of providing mid-day meals to children in 12 States and 2 Union territories of India.

Apart from serving free school meals to children, the Foundation provides food aid to disaster-struck victims. Amidst the ongoing crisis of COVID-19, the Foundation is serving freshly cooked meals and distributing grocery kits to the poor and marginalised sections of the society. As of 8th September, a cumulative of 8.2-crore meals have been served to daily-wage workers, labourers, needy people at old age homes and night shelters.

From the COVID-19 beneficiaries

14-year-old Shaheen avails hot and nutritious khichdi, prepared in a safe and hygienic manner by the Akshaya Patra Foundation. She says, “My father does not have a job after the lockdown was announced. It is very difficult for him to feed four of us at home. We do not have the money to buy oil, gas or dry groceries. These meals have eased all our worries, especially of my father.”

Anandi lives alone in Mumbai after losing her husband. During the pandemic, she was not able to work as a domestic help. With no savings and money lenders constantly pressurising her to pay back the loan amount, she found it difficult to handle the situation. She says, “My situation was worsening by the day. I had given up hope that things will get better. Just then, I received the grocery kit from Akshaya Patra. I am happy that I can save some money to pay back the loan amount.”

To continue its service towards children, Akshaya Patra has started serving Happiness Kits to its mid-day meal beneficiaries. Presently, the Happiness Kits Programme is being carried out in Bengaluru, Jigani, Hyderabad, Thane, Silvassa, Jaipur, Vadodara, Lucknow, Vrindavan and Guwahati. To support all its beneficiaries in other locations, the programme is being carried out in a phase-wise manner.

What the parents of mid-day meal beneficiaries say

Jila is a resident of Bengaluru whose salary was cut by 50% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With three children, a son and two daughters to feed at home, he and his wife found it difficult to make ends meet. He says, “We were worried about running out of food. This Happiness Kit has truly made us happy. Now we don’t have to be scared that our children will go hungry and they also get stationery and books to learn, which they missed.”

This Daan Utsav 2020, provide support to the needy people in the form of cooked meals, grocery kits and happiness kits. Help the people from low-income sections of the society cope with the pandemic.

Ensure well-being of those in need. This Daan Utsav, support Akshaya Patra’s food relief efforts.

Akshaya Patra: Then and Now!

Imagine a scene where a group of children are fighting over scraps of food with a stray dog. It is very disturbing, isn’t it? This is a real story that took place in Kolkata where His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was moved by this incident in Mayapur. After this event, he was determined to make sure that no child within a radius of 10 miles from the centre goes hungry.

His determination sowed the seeds of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. It began feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru in the year 2000. After the mandate from The Supreme Court of India in 2001, the NGO started implementing the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Programme. With these efforts, the Foundation aims at countering two problems – hunger and illiteracy. In 19 years of its service, it has fed 1.8 million children on a daily basis. Present in 52 locations spread across 12 states and 2 union territories of India, it carries out its cooking process from centralised and decentralised kitchens. Irrespective of the kitchen type, hygiene and safety is a top priority for Akshaya Patra.

The meals served as a part of the MDM Scheme adhere to the nutritional guidelines provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). To ensure that children gain the maximum benefit of these wholesome meals, locally palatable meals are served cyclically. The excitement of children during the lunch hour to see what is on the menu is heart-warming.

Here is what some children have to say about Akshaya Patra’s meals:

“I love Akshaya Patra’s meals. It fills my stomach and keeps me full throughout the day. Otherwise I would have been eating rice and pickles every day.”

  • Vanaja, 7th Standard

“If it was not for the free meals, I would not have been studying today. I look forward to my meals eagerly every day.”

  • Munna, 8th Standard

“I prefer my school meals. They taste better than the home-cooked food.”

  • Kapil, 4th Standard

“I enjoy my school meals. My favourite food items are vegetable biryani, sweets and snacks.”

  • Shravani, 9th Standard

“I did not know that I will get snacks and fruits along with the meals. It completes my meals. I can even take away the fruits to eat at a later time.”

  • Mahesh, 7th Standard

Apart from working towards its core cause of feeding school meals to children, Akshaya Patra has always stepped up to help people during times of disasters. Presently, it is serving cooked meals and distributing grocery kits to the needy people in India amid COVID-19 crisis. The Foundation has served a cumulative of 8.2-crore meals to the low-income sections of the society. As on 8 September 2020, Akshaya Patra has served 4,74,30,724 cooked meals and supported 8,03,607 families with essential grocery kits. To continue its service towards mid-day meal beneficiaries, it initiated the Happiness Kits Programme to support nutrition, immunity, hygiene and learning. Akshaya Patra is currently distributing Happiness Kits in Bengaluru, Jigani, Hyderabad, Thane, Silvassa, Jaipur, Vadodara, Lucknow, Vrindavan and Guwahati, with the aim to reach other locations soon in a phase-wise manner.

You can be a part of this NGO by supporting its feeding initiatives. You can either donate to charity for its COVID-19 Food Relief Service, Happiness Kits Programme or towards the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Contribute generously because every bit of your contribution matters.

Help Akshaya Patra Deliver Happiness

Akshaya Patra is distributing Happiness Kits to mid-day meal beneficiaries in Bengaluru, Jigani, Hyderabad, Thane, Silvassa, Jaipur, Vadodara. Lucknow, Vrindavan, and Guwahati.

With your continued support, the Foundation aims to reach beneficiaries in other locations in a phased manner.

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Akshaya Patra feeds over 8-crore meals during COVID-19 crisis

Established in 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. It provides nutritious mid-day meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is present in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories.

Aside from its core cause, Akshaya Patra provides food relief to the needy during crisis situations. In the past, it has supported crisis-hit people during floods, cyclones, and earthquake. Presently, it is providing food relief to the marginalised and low-income sections of the society under its COVID Relief Services.

Akshaya Patra’s service during COVID-19 crisis

The Foundation began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service on 25 March 2020. It is reaching out to daily wage workers, migrant labourers, construction site workers, and needy people at old age homes and night shelters. The relief service is operational across 19 states namely Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Himachal Pradesh.

Working in close coordination with State Governments and District Administrations and with the help of individual donors, corporate partners and volunteers, Akshaya Patra has:

  • Served a cumulative of 8-crore meals
  • Served 4,74,30,724 freshly cooked meals
  • Supported 8,03,607 families with essential grocery kits
  • Distributed 9,198 Happiness kits to support mid-day meal beneficiaries
  • Fed 1,50,000 Shramik passengers
  • Served immunity-rich meals three times a day to COVID-19 patients

Lives of people changed by Akshaya Patra during the pandemic

“I came to Dadra and Nagar Haveli many years ago, but never thought this day will come. I am worried I might not be able to see my parents in Odisha again. As soon as my children saw the blue van, they recognised it to be Akshaya Patra’s vans that served them nourishing mid-day meals in their Government Primary School at Amboli. They were happy and excited to know that the meals in this tough time was coming from the same blue van.” – Chandan Bahera, Silvassa

“I was in the catering business and do not have a job since the lockdown and unable to feed my family of five. My funds were exhausted and I did not have money to pay my rent, so I had to vacate. So, we moved to a shelter home in Ranbasera, Ahmedabad. My decision to move here has not only taken care of our safety, but also of our food. The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides meals twice a day here – afternoon and night. This ensures that we receive healthy nourishing food without having to spend any money.” – Arshad Khan, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

“The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic jeopardised our life much beyond what we could have ever imagined. My husband, a construction site worker lost his job overnight due to the lockdown. It became difficult to find another job and there was no source of income. With no money left, neither could we buy food nor could we feed our daughter. We heard about a food distribution service and rushed to the site. Since then we have been receiving food three times a day: at 8 o’clock, 1 o’clock, and 6.30 p.m. We are grateful to Akshaya Patra; we now have food to eat.” – Nagarathna, Bengaluru, Karnataka.

“I work with the Chennai Corporation and am responsible for cleaning the roads and collecting garbage from nearby areas. So, whether it is a pandemic or not, I have to step out for work every day. But the issue was food. Due to the lockdown, all restaurants and shops remain closed. So, my colleagues and I had to walk 3 kilometres to the Corporation Office Canteen with the hope of getting food. Even if we reached the canteen a few minutes late, all the food would be exhausted and we would end up working the entire day on an empty stomach. My colleagues are I are very grateful to Akshaya Patra for providing us meals, free of cost, in this time of crisis. Now, we get food, every day, guaranteed!” – Sudha K, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

“When the lockdown was announced, I decided to go back home in Ratlam. Since there was no transportation available, I decided to walk the distance of more than 650 kilometeres. With an eight-month old in my womb, the journey was indeed difficult. I reached a shelter home at Maheshwari Seva Sadan in Nathdwara where Akshaya Patra had been serving freshly cooked lunch and dinner. In this chaos, I found a roof, food, and nourishment for my unborn child. The relief was unimaginable.” – Indra, Pokhran, Rajasthan

There are millions of people who are in need of support during the COVID-19 crisis. Donate online to help them survive this pandemic by supporting them with something as basic as food.

Be the ray of hope. Support Akshaya Patra to feed the needy across the nation.

Celebrate International Day of Charity with Akshaya Patra

“Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love!” – Mother Teresa

5th of September was chosen to commemorate the death anniversary of Mother Teresa. Recognising the role of charities and individuals to alleviate crisis around the world, the United Nations’ General Assembly designated 5th of September as International Day of Charity.

There are over 3 million charities in India that serve various causes ranging from child health, animal welfare, environment conservation, etc. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity in India that works towards the core cause of implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Serving in the hour of extreme crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service on 25th March 2020. The Foundation has served a cumulative of 7.8-Crore meals to the migrants, daily-wage labourers, and needy people at night shelters and old age homes. As a part of its COVID-19 relief service, Akshaya Patra serves cooked meals every day to the needy people and distributes grocery kits to help marginalised families.

In order to continue supporting food and education of mid-day meal beneficiaries, the NGO initiated the Happiness Bags Programme in which children. Each Happiness box is packed with:

  • Nutrient-rich food items such as glucose biscuits, peanuts, double fortified salt, jaggery, and ragi flour.
  • Immunity-boosters like turmeric powder and sambar powder.
  • Hygiene kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap, and a pack of sanitary napkins for girl beneficiaries.
  • Study materials such as an activity book, crayon set or colour pencils, Classmate notebook and pens or pencils.

Reasons to donate online to Akshaya Patra on this International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity reminds us that there are millions of people out there who do not have even a single source of wholesome or a complete meal a day.

  • Donating towards Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service provides daily meals to the people from marginalised communities. Each grocery kit supports the feeding of a low-income family for 21 days.
  • Donating towards Happiness Bags ensures well-being of children. The grocery items in the bag boosts their health and immunity and the study materials support continuity of learning.
  • When you donate online towards Akshaya Patra, you become eligible for receiving tax exemption.

September is also celebrated as Hunger Action Month. Bring out the generosity in you by helping Akshaya Patra to continue its food relief service for the needy. This International Day of Charity, take action to make #ZeroHunger possible.

Meal Plates Bring the Comfort of Healthy Food

The hazards of using disposable plastic plates, cups, spoons and tumblers are well-known. People are much aware about its harmful effects on our body and are making healthy choices by opting for either steel, earthenware or glassware crockeries or cutleries. So, why not introduce this hygienic aspect in the lives of mid-day meal beneficiary children too?

Children studying in Government and Government-aided schools get free meals as a part of the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme every day. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer MDM NGOs in India. It is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme that is present in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories, namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Daman and DNH, Delhi, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Tripura.

The Foundation serves healthy meals to improve the nutritional status of children in India since 2000. The whole purpose of serving healthy meals is lost if children eat them from disposable plates. Hence, Akshaya Patra initiated the Meal Plate Programme, encouraging supporters to sponsor a child with stainless-steel meal plates.

How does it benefit when you sponsor a child’s meal plate?

  • Children can savour their meals comfortably.
  • Boosts health of children by making sure they eat meals from clean and hygienic stainless steel plates.
  • When you sponsor a plate to a child, you also contribute towards protecting the environment.

Healthy meals served to children are customised as per the state the MDM are served in. For example, Aloo Matar is served in Odisha, Dal Dhokali is served in Gujarat and Pulsu curry is served in Telangana.

To serve school meals every day, Akshaya Patra started its Mega Kitchens that would prepare and serve healthy meals in large quantities. These kitchens became the Centralised kitchens that would follow certain guidelines. The kitchens were equipped with stainless steel of grade 304, cauldron, trolleys, rice chutes, boilers, dal & sambar tanks, etc.

Seeing various benefits of using stainless steel, many corporates and firms have joined hands with Akshaya Patra to sponsor steel meal plates to children as part of the MDM Scheme. Tumblers, steel plates and spoons have been a part of corporate giving. The following organisations have partnered with the Foundation to feed school meals to children on a daily basis.

The effects of midday meals on children:

  • Addresses classroom hunger
  • Improves concentration and ability to focus
  • Addresses malnutrition and improves nutritional status
  • Decreases school drop-out rates

Your support towards providing unlimited food for education to children helps in building a better future for them. Sponsor a child’s meal and meal plate to ensure healthy and happy school life.

Join Akshaya Patra’s efforts now!

Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service in Maharashtra

Day after day, the number of people affected by COVID-19 is increasing rapidly all over the world. Millions of people are left stranded without homes and without a job in hand or proper food to eat. There are around 2.84 million cases in India and Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID cases. The latest numbers in Maharashtra as of 21 August 2020 according to the Government are:

Confirmed cases: 6,43,289                          

Number of deaths: 21,359

Number of recovered patients: 4,59,124

Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India and was unprepared when the pandemic struck the nation. Being densely populated, the spread of the virus was very rapid and the lockdown that was mandated to curb this spread affected millions of people. Many NGOs in India that worked towards different causes, came forward with various Corona relief services, to help people in need.

One such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation which is synonymous with feeding mid-day meals to school children in India. The Foundation is operational across 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India. It also has centralised mid-day meal kitchens in Thane and Nagpur; it’s from these kitchens that Akshaya Patra is carrying out its COVID-19 food relief service in Maharashtra. 

Akshaya Patra’s relief service amid COVID-19 crisis

To help the marginalised and low-income segments of the society comprising of migrant labourers, daily-wage workers, construction-site workers and needy people survive the pandemic, Akshaya Patra started providing them with healthy, cooked meals and essential grocery kits. The Foundation is currently serving the needy across 19 states. As on 13th August 2020, Akshaya Patra has already served 2,84,92,715 cooked meals and distributed 7,69,668 grocery kits to marginalised families.

In Maharashtra, Akshaya Patra began its COVID relief service in March to provide food to people from migrant communities, regularly. This NGO has been helping the needy people across various locations in Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad. As on 13th August 2020, the organisation’s impact in Maharashtra has been:

  • Served 6,12,385 cooked meals, and
  • Supported 57,502 families with essential grocery kits.

With your COVID donation, you can provide daily cooked meals as well as grocery kits packed with pulses, oil, rice, spices and vegetables that can serve a family for 21 days.

Extend a helping hand to enable people to fight the virus and upkeep their health too.

Support Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Food Relief Service in Maharashtra and across India.