Be a fundraiser for The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Alone, you may not be able to support 100 children but with a group of like-minded people backing your thought, it is possible to provide all the necessary help for the 100 children; and may be more. THAT’S THE POWER OF FUNDRAISING!

Charities across the globe encourage supporters to conduct fundraising events, solely because of the impact it can create for a cause. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-governmental organisation supporting education of children in India by providing them with nutritious school meals every day. Akshaya Patra is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector. In partnership with Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India and various State Governments, the Foundation has been providing wholesome school meals to school children since 2000. Presently, it feeds more than 17.6-lakh children across 12 states on India.

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Aside from the core Mid-Day Meal Programme, this charity works to provide holistic development of its beneficiaries through its child-centric initiatives.

Anganwadi Feeding Programme With this initiative, Akshaya Patra focusses on nourishing children in the age group of 3 to 6 years, pregnant women, and lactating mothers by providing nutrition-rich meals in Anganwadi centres.
Giving Every Dream a Chance This initiative focusses on honing talents of beneficiaries by providing them mentorship in various fields such as sports, culinary, art and music, theatre, science, etc.
Scholarship Programme This programme supports higher studies of meritorious beneficiaries by providing them scholarships. This enables children to complete necessary education to achieve their aspirations.
Model Schools With the aim to provide better schooling experience, this initiative focusses on revamping school infrastructure and available amenities.
Disaster Relief Programme At times of need, Akshaya Patra steps up to provide relief to affected people of natural disasters. So far, Akshaya Patra has promptly responded to Gujarat Cyclone, Odisha Cyclone, Kerala Flood, Kodagu Flood, Gorakhpur Flood, Chennai Flood, Gujarat Flood, and Nepal Earthquake.


Alike any other NGO, Akshaya Patra too welcomes fundraising ideas and campaigns in support of its core cause and subsidiary programmes. When you fundraise for this non-governmental organisation, you directly impact lives of children who hail from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Your support will provide daily nutritious meals to school-going children, ensure their regular schooling, provide a platform to nurture their talents, and support shape the into confident and resourceful citizens. It will give them the hope that a better life is ahead of them. Click here to view all active fundraising campaigns.

Leverage the power of your social network to benefit children of India! FUNDRAISE NOW!

The rise and role of an NGO in the development of a country

Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) play a crucial role in developing countries through their works in community development and contribution to achieve sustainable goals of the nations. In India, where hunger and illiteracy are two of the major challenges hindering many children’s ability to learn and grow, NGOs form Public-Private Partnership with the Central and State Governments to counter these obstacles.

Significant role of NGOs in empowering children

On 15th August 1995, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to eliminate classroom hunger and increase enrolment, retention, and attendance. Since then, the Mid-Day Meal Programme has been implemented nationwide to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for children studying in Government and Government-aided schools.

The implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Programme relies a lot on the role of Indian charity like The Akshaya Patra Foundation. The role of an NGO in this programme is to support the Government in the expansion of the scheme in order to reach out to more children, thereby reaching the goals of eliminating classroom hunger and achieving equal education for all children in India.

To establish this partnership, an NGO is selected based on its transparency and “of proven integrity” by the Government. Chosen NGOs must also have a set-up kitchen, operate daily meal preparation, and sustain themselves financially. These NGOs are supported by the Government by the way of subsidies and grants to implement their programmes. This solution allows community engagement and has greatly improved the implementation of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme: all layers of society are involved, more than 120 million children are reached out, and the scale of the programme has expanded to over 1,265,000 schools and centres.

“No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger” – The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation started feeding children in June 2000 by feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka with one wholesome, nutritious mid-day meal per day, every school day. In the past 18+ years, the organisation has expanded its Mid-Day Meal Programme to 1.76 million children in 15,024 Government and Government-aided schools. Up till date, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme that has cumulatively provided over 3 billion meals to children and is working towards its mission to feed 5 million children by 2025.


Send 1.76 million children back to school with Akshaya Patra

Each year, during the months of April and May, you will come across ‘back to school’ advertisements especially in malls and e-commerce sites. At around the same time, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a charity for children, holds a ‘back to school’ campaign too. So, what’s the difference between the two campaigns? Well, the former is a call out to parents to fulfil school needs of their own children whereas the latter is a call out to public sector, private sector, businesses and individuals to fulfil the wish of not-so-privileged children to go back to school. And, by choosing to donate for children through Akshaya Patra, you can secure a whole year of education for more than 17.6-lakh children!

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Akshaya Patra is an 18-year old NGO supporting education of children across India by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Each school day, it serves school meals to 17,62,133 children studying in more than 15,000 government schools and government-aided schools in 42 locations across 12 states. The Foundation aims at bringing each of its beneficiary back to school for a new academic year so that continuity in education can be ensured. Cognisant of the power that school meals and regular schooling can have on the development of children and future of the country, here are some supporters who have generously spread the message and contributed towards Akshaya Patra’s ‘Back to School’ campaign:

  • Eros International’s partners with Akshaya Patra for #BackToSchool campaign. Click here for more details.
  • Ram Sampath, famous Indian composer, music producer, and musician supports Akshaya Patra’s #BackToSchool campaign. Click here for more details.
  • Suzzanne Bernert, German-born Indian actress extends generous support to the #BackToSchool campaign by Akshaya Patra. Click here for more details.

This charity for children encourages more and more supporters to generously contribute to this campaign because when children come to school, they are benefitted in multiple ways:

  • Receives nutrition-rich meals daily.
  • Receives rightful education.
  • Improved health.
  • Strengthening of goals and dreams.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Aware and confident of a better future.
  • Better academic and co-curricular performance.
  • Become a part of Akshaya Patra’s holistic initiatives: talent development, scholarship, and student and school transformation programmes.
  • In all, children grow up to be healthy, educated, skilful,
    and resourceful citizens of India.


To conclude, there are millions of children out there, for whom there is nothing more valuable than being able to come to school. These children are determined and zealous; all they need is a little support from you and me. When we donate for children or choose to conduct an online fundraising campaign in support of these children, we take a step towards transforming their life for the better; the result of which will be explicitly visible in the near future. So, this summer, support ‘Back to School’, support children! Act now!

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Book a bench to bring children back to school with Akshaya Patra

Remember those whispers during classes, those notebook games, those little help when the teacher asked you a question, quiet attack on the lunch boxes… those were the good old school days with our bench mates!

Even after so many years of graduating from school, the memories are so fresh as if it happened just yesterday. We still smile and feel overwhelmed about those days. And, more often than not, bench mates were a strong motivating factor for us to go back to school the next day. But little did we know then, that for millions of children coming to school acts as a ray of hope for a better future.

In view of this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a charity for children strives each year to bring back as many children as possible to school. The Foundation is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs in India with a history of 18 years in service of children. Presently, the Foundation provides freshly cooked nutritious meals to 17,62,133 children of Government school and Government-aided schools in 42 locations across 12 states in India. The beneficiaries of this NGO hail from socio-economically challenged backgrounds and for them the mid-day meal bridges the distance from their homes to school.

Book a bench to bring children back to school

Studies reveal that mid-day meal is a strong incentive for parents to choose school over labour for their children. This meal programme has also positively impacted the enrolment rate, attendance, health, and performance of children. By bringing children back to school day after day and year after year, the mid-day meal programme promotes continuous schooling. Regular schooling and nutritious meals empower children to become resourceful and independent citizens of the country in future.

With the objective to ensure continuous schooling of its beneficiaries, each year Akshaya Patra conducts the ‘Back to School’ campaign. It is an attempt by the Foundation to garner support from all sections of the society. ‘Book a bench’ through this campaign and support health and education of at least three children among millions of children. Online donations in support of this campaign will instantly ensure a year full of nutritious meals and goodness of learning for many deserving children.

Step forward and support Akshaya Patra, the charity for children that has left no stone unturned to bring more and more children under the ambit of the mid-day meal programme. ‘Book a bench’ now to witness a brighter, better, and transformed India!

How back to school and mid-day meals are related in a child’s life?

Education is important for a child but food more vital!

Children education is a very aspect in the progress of the immediate society, and the country at large. But, an estimated 8.4 crore children in India do not attend school. It has also been reported that India is one among the top five nations with the highest number of out-of-school children aged 6-11 years. In order to tackle this situation and make India ready to embrace the title of being the youngest nation by 2020 in terms of working age populace, the Government along with many NGOs are striving to ensure education for all. But, the matter of the fact is, to achieve 100% literacy, we need to first address the issue of hunger because it is this very factor that pushes away children from schools to work fields.

In an endeavour to counter the critical issue of hunger, the Government initiated the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, a programme that provides free school lunch to children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools. Over the years, this scheme has gained momentum and has been successful in incentivising parents to send their children to school with the hope that children will at least receive a plate full of meal per day. The mid-day meals have potentially increased enrolment rate, attendance rate, while also countering classroom hunger and improving health and concentration levels among children.

School + Mid-day meals = Empowered children

Several NGOs have partnered with the Government to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. These NGOs are able to bring about a drastic and sustainable change right from the grass root level of the society. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs with a remarkable history of 18 years in service of children. Each year this NGO in India runs a ‘Back to school’ campaign with the objective to bring millions of its beneficiaries back to school for a new academic year. This year Akshaya Patra is campaigning to support continuous schooling of more than 1.76 million children.

The real worth of being able to attend school is understood only by those children who has to overcome several challenges each day just so that they their place of learning. The mid-day meals and the lessons they receive nourishes and nurtures them making them confident of achieving their goals in life. Each of Akshaya Patra beneficiaries have their unique dreams and this motivates the Foundation to bring more and more children under the ambit of the school meal programme.

Today, you are resourceful and moving ahead in life and career, a big share of it goes to the education you received. Now, it’s time to empower the future generation. Come forward generously and actively is support of the ‘Back to School’ campaign. Your action will promote children education by ensuring their mid-day meals for the entire school year. Act now!

Bring children ‘Back to School’ :: Uphold right to nutrition and education | TAPF

Bring children ‘Back to School’

‘Back to School’ – does it rekindle any memory or emotion in you? Well, all of us will have some vivid memory of our school days and even after years when we relook at those days, it fills us with immense joy. Clichéd it may sound, but schooling has a lasting impact in our life. The lessons learnt in class, the friends we shared our days with, the appreciation we received for our achievements, the guidance and pep talk we got when we failed, and the inspiration we drew from our teachers, and many such experiences has indeed played a significant role in shaping up to what we are today. And, that’s why Akshaya Patra wants to send as many children as possible ‘back to school.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity for children in India providing nutritious mid-day meals to school-going children across the country. Akshaya Patra began its service in the year 2000 and currently nourishes more than 1.76 million children across 42 locations in 12 states, on each school day. Over the years of service, Akshaya Patra has witnessed the tangible impact of school meals on increase in attendance, enrolment, and retention rate in schools. The mid-day meals incentivise parents to send children to school thereby initiating education and continuity of the same. Heeding to this, Akshaya Patra annually conducts ‘Back to School’ campaign so that children come back for another fulfilling academic year.

Why should you support this campaign?

As a charity for children, Akshaya Patra aims at benefitting more and more children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme and its other child-centric initiatives. The beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra hail from challenging backgrounds making something as basic as food and education difficult to access. Despite obstacles and hardships, these children are strongminded and focussed to attain their life goals – all they need is a little support.

Your support to ‘Back to School’ campaign will ensure:

  • Children come back to school for the next academic year;
  • A year full of nutritious school meals and regular schooling;
  • A strong foundation upon which deserving children will build their future; and
  • Turn millions of silent dreams into reality.

How can you support?

You can support millions of children through the ‘Back to School’ campaign in more than one way:

  • Donate online: This is the easiest, fastest, and safest mode to help this charity for children with the much-needed funds.
  • Create your own fundraising campaign: By doing so, you can garner support from family, friends, and close associates and then donate the raised amount to the campaign.
  • Spread the word: Use the power of social media to spread the cause of Akshaya Patra and its campaign.

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Empower a child instantly

Just like you are empowered and resourceful today, help a child to be the same. If we really want to see India prosper, we have to unite together and make health and education accessible to each and every child. It’s time we join hands and bring about a desirable change. Donate online to support ‘Back to School’ campaign at the click of a button.

About the author:

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, one of the top mid-day charities in India serves more than 1.76 million children across 42 locations of 12 states. By supporting the ‘Back to School’ campaign of this NGO, you can transform lives of children by providing them with the much-needed nutrition and rightful education.

Celebrate this World Book Day and Copyright Day with Akshaya Patra Children

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

World Book and Copyright Day

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Annually, 23rd April is celebrated as World Book and Copyright Day. It was first observed in April 1995 during UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris. This day is observed with the objective to promote reading and the very source books that forms a link between generations and cultures. 2019 will mark the 24th edition of World Book and Copyright Day and speaking on the occasion, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO says, “Books are also a form of cultural expression that lives through and as part of a chosen language. Each publication is created in a distinct language and is intended for a language-specific reading audience. A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used and appreciated in a given linguistic and cultural setting. This year we highlight this important dimension because 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, led by UNESCO, to reaffirm the commitment of the international community in supporting indigenous peoples to preserve their cultures, knowledge and rights.”

Historical significance  

23rd April is considered as a symbolic day in the world of literature. In 1616, on this very day the world lost literature gems such as William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It is also the day that marks birth or death of several other literature geniuses such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. Thus, 23rd April came by as a natural choice to pay tribute to the works of these noted authors and encourage people to read.

World Book Capital 2019

By celebrating World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO supports creativity, diversity, and access to books for all with the endeavour to promote cross-cultural acceptance and openness and enhanced knowledge-sharing. Every year, UNESCO in association with international organisations representing three major sectors of the book industry i.e. publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a year. The chosen Capital through its own initiatives boosts and drives the objective the Day’s celebrations. The city of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates has been chosen as the World Book Capital for 2019. With the slogan “Read – you are in Sharjah”, this year’s celebration will focus on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children.

Support reading among children

You can ensure access to books and encourage reading among children by supporting The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a children NGO in India. The Foundation supports education of children by providing them with nutritious school lunch under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Presently, Akshaya Patra provides regular school meals to more than 1.76 million children across 12 Indian states. On World Book Day, Manisha Devipujak, one of the beneficiaries of the Foundation shares her love for books:

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“Hello. I am Manisha Devipujak. I am 12 years old and a Standard VII student in Shri Ravishankar Maharaj Prathmik Shala – 166, Gujarat. I love my school very much because it has a room filled with books called the ‘Library’. The books here take me to a fascinating world of knowledge where I get to know many new things. From scientific mysteries, morals and values, life lessons from the inspiring stories of noteworthy personalities to finest puzzles/crosswords – life is better with books! In fact, I want to read all the books in the library.”

Manisha, has three sisters and one younger brother. After the demise of her parents, she and her siblings have been under the guardianship of their grandparents. Manisha wants to grow up to be a teacher for which health and education are two important factors. And, not to forget there are millions of children like Manisha who awaits support.

This World Book and Copyright Day, support Akshaya Patra and promote child education in India by providing nutrition-rich school meals. Your support will create generations of healthy and literate citizens who will carry forward the celebrations and tradition of this day because only an educated person is empowered to cherish books!

Top children charity in India – The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Children and childhood are generally associated with joy, innocence, giggles, chatters, liveliness, and everything that evokes positivity among people around. It is the phase of life where we become extra careful of everything we do so as to ensure complete care for the growing child. But, are all children fortunate enough to get such care?

Quick facts on children in India

According to Census 2011, India is home to 472 million children thereby constituting 39% of the country’s total population. However, the country as a whole face quite a few challenges when it comes to health and education of this young populace.

Health Education
  • According to ICDS 2015, 19.8 million children below age 6 are undernourished.
  • According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4, 2015-16, 38% (1 in 3) children between 0-5 years are stunted; 21% (1 in 5) children suffer from wasting; 36% of children under 5 years of age are underweight; and 58% of children between 6 months – 5 years are anaemic.
  • Census 2011 reports 1 in 4 children of school-going age is out of school resulting in a drop-out total to 99 million children.
  • According to District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15, only 32 children out of every 100 children, finish their school education age-appropriately, and only 2% of the schools offer complete school education from Class 1 to Class 12.

The Interventions

The Government, private and public sector organisations, NGOs, and the general public – when work in unison can alter the above-mentioned not so pleasant scenario by leaps and bounds. And, several steps have been already taken in this direction. So, here we will focus on the role of charity in India in bettering the situation of children.

Children-specific charities work towards various facets encompassing primary health care, child rights, education, talent development, and the like. The works of these NGO sustainably transform lives of children and is significant in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty-hunger-illiteracy.

Top NGO of India

The role of each child-centric charity in India is equally vital. And, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGO that has been dedicatedly working towards improving nutrition quotient among children. With the vision, “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger” the Foundation serves freshly cooked nutritious meals to school-going children across India. Each day, the Foundation provides wholesome meals to more than 1.76 million school children across 42 locations of 12 states. Aside from this core cause, this NGO is also involved in Anganwadi feeding wherein it provides nutrition-rich meals to 1,61,410 children (aged 3-6 years) at 4,786 Anganwadi centres and 6,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers across 323 centres.

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With its service of more than 18 years, Akshaya Patra has carved a niche for itself as a top NGO of India while also being recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. It is the first Indian NGO to be inducted to ICAI’s Hall of Fame for excelling in maintaining financial transparency and accountability by regularly publishing and submitting audited financial reports. The Foundation has also been awarded the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for its contribution towards the socio-economic development of India by providing mid-day meals to millions of school-going children across the country.

Your support matters!

Akshaya Patra’s realm of service nourishes and nurtures not just the children but their dreams and aspirations too. From doctors and engineers to dancers and singers, from athletes and players to chefs and teachers, from police and army to pilots and astronauts, the beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra are storehouse of talent and determination. All they need is a little support and what best than giving wings to someone’s dream. Donate to charity and witness the change in the form of a transformed India.

About the author:

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, one of the top mid-day charities in India serves more than 1.76 million children across 42 locations of 12 states. By supporting this NGO, you can transform lives of children by providing them with the much-needed nutrition and rightful education.

TAPF – Online Fundraising Volunteer Opportunities in India

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“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew. Rightly so, it is the willingness and compassion of volunteers that allows them to selflessly contribute their time and skills to support NGOs.

The impact of such humane pool of supporters is so significant that it not only creates awareness about an NGO but also aids in receiving the much-needed funds. Hence, as an acknowledgement and encouragement, all NGOs across the globe provides a special platform for volunteer opportunities.

In line with this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO in India also provides ample opportunities for supporters to get involved with its cause. Akshaya Patra is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs in India providing nutritious and wholesome school meals to more than 17.6-lakh children in 15,024 government schools located across 12 states.

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It has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme and is the first NGO to be inducted in ICAI’s Hall of Fame for excellence in financial reporting. Each day for the past 18 years, the Foundation has been striving towards its vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. And, during this journey thousands of supporters have extended their helping hand as volunteers and donors.

The many ways one can engage with this NGO are:

  • Volunteering
  • Campaigning for onlinefundraising
  • Promoting Akshaya Patra in your social media network
  • Donate online for the Mid-Day Meal Programme
  • CSR partnership

The Mid-Day Meal Programme has been a potential gamechanger in promoting health and education among children from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds. For many children, this is the only plateful of meal they receive during the entire day. This meal has also proved to be an incentive for parents to end their children to school instead of sending them to work.

On the whole, Mid-Day Meal has significantly contributed in:

  • Increasing enrolment of children;
  • Regularising school attendance;
  • Decreasing drop-out rate;
  • Improving health of children; and
  • Improving level of concentration and performance in academics and other school activities.

By conducting an online fundraising campaign, you introduce Akshaya Patra’s cause in your network of people and garner their support. This step from you transforms the lives of hundreds of children who are deserving and resolute and all they need is a little care and help.

Act now. Be the next changemaker by campaigning to support the future flagbearers of the nation!

Akshaya Patra conferred with the Gandhi Peace Prize 2016 Award

Akshaya Patra conferred with the Gandhi
Peace Prize 

Foundation was bestowed with the prestigious honour for providing mid-day meals
to children across the country


The prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2016 was conferred upon The Akshaya Patra Foundation for its contribution towards the socio-economic development of India by
providing mid-day meals to millions of children across the country. A cash
prize and citation were presented to Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – The
Akshaya Patra Foundation, jointly by the Honourable President of India, Shri
Ram Nath Kovind, and the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi
at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 26th February, 2019.

Also present at the ceremony were Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma; Member of Parliament, Shri LK Advani; and other dignitaries.
Instituted by the Government in 1995 during the commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the annual award is conferred on individuals and institutions for their outstanding contributions towards social, economic and political
transformation while adhering to the ideals of the Mahatma.
On 16th January, 2019, the winners of the award for the last four years were announced.
The jury comprising of Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi; Chief
Justice of India, Shri Ranjan Gogoi; Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt Sumitra Mahajan;
Leader of the INC in Lok Sabha, Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge; and Member of
Parliament, Shri LK Advani unanimously selected Akshaya Patra for its
outstanding contribution in the social sector.
On winning the award, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa said, “It is a matter of exceptional pride and honour for Akshaya Patra to be selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize. With the vision ‘No child should be deprived of education because of hunger,’ we have been serving fresh, nutritious meals to children in Government schools since 2000.” The Foundation has been striving to address hunger and malnutrition in India and incentivise education by
implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools
across 12 states.


In his address, President Shri Ramnath Kovind lauded Akshaya Patra’s efforts in feeding children with nutritious mid-day meals on a large scale. He said “By leveraging technology to feed children a quality and hygienic meal, Akshaya Patra has set world-class standards.
Through its efforts the Foundation is reaching out to nearly 18 Lakh children
in 12 States across the country. I have been told that Akshaya Patra, through
its endeavour, is also contributing towards the two UN Sustainable Development
Goals of Zero Hunger and Quality Education.”
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said “Akshaya Patra has given the Government’s initiative to provide mid-day meals to children a professional
touch through a successful Public-Private Partnership with the Government. I
recently had the opportunity to serve Akshaya Patra’s three billionth meal in Vrindavan.” He also said “If children are healthy, then India will be healthy.”
At the event commemorating the Foundation’s milestone, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had appreciated Akshaya Patra efforts. He said “Akshaya Patra has been bestowed the Gandhi Peace Prize for providing mid-day meals to lakhs of children. Besides that, Shri
Madhu Pandit Dasa was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award. My
heartiest congratulations to all of you for these honours.” The Prime Minister
concluded saying, “I congratulate you for your remarkable achievements and wish
that you will continue with the same attitude of service and dedication.”
In winning the Gandhi Peace Prize, Akshaya Patra joins the esteemed company of selfless individuals and organisations from across the world, such as the former President of South
Africa, Nelson Mandela; South African activist, Desmond Tutu; social worker,
Baba Amte; and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt (renowned for the Chipko
Movement), as well as notable institutions, such as the country’s premier space
agency, ISRO; and the microfinance organisation from Bangladesh, Grameen Bank.


Thanking the Government for their continued support to the Foundation, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa said “We are thankful to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, and all the State Governments for providing us this opportunity to serve children.”  He thanked the Government of India and all the respected jury members for recognizing Akshaya Patra’s efforts to support the education of children in Government and Government-aided schools every school day.
On the occasion, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa reiterating the commitment to address classroom hunger in the country, said, “I feel blessed, humbled and honoured to be a part of this alliance that reaches out to over 1.76 million children with quality, nutritious, and
tasty mid-day meals, thus providing them an incentive to come to school. It is
the collective effort of all our stakeholders, that has made this possible.”
He also congratulated Sulabh International, Ekal Abhiyan Trust, Vivekananda Kendra and Mr. Yohei Sasakawa for being bestowed the award at this event.


About The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organisation, which strives to address classroom hunger and bring children to school by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government
and Government-aided schools. Since 2000, the Foundation has worked towards
reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. The
Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of
children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and
attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools.
Today, Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme is the world’s largest
(not-for-profit run) school lunch programme, serving wholesome food to over
1.76 million children from 14,702 schools across 12 states in India.

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