NGO in Andhra Pradesh & Its Kitchen

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

Akshaya Patra’s reach in Andhra Pradesh

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

Meal Menu of Andhra Pradesh kitchens

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

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

You can make a difference

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

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Do Donations Make an Impact for Our 1.6 Million Children?

When reaching out to 1.6 million children, every donation and contribution is crucial – for the organisation to function sustainably and for children to benefit from Food for Education initiative. Know why your donation matters.

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Post-Independence era made us debate issues that were burdening the country at every level. Among several issues that cripple the growth a nation, one of them continues to be illiteracy and lack of food security. To tackle these issues, the Government of India proposed free education in government schools and ration for BPL families. One of the key solutions is Mid-Day Meal Scheme for school children to end classroom hunger and encourage education.

Mid-Day Meal Programme by Akshaya Patra is run with support from fundraisers, Central Government and State Governments. This programme which currently reaches out to over 1.6 million children across 11 states benefits the nation by:

Improving the nutritional status of children in class I-V in Government, Local Body and Government aided schools, and EGS and AIE centers.

Encouraging children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities.

Providing nutritional support to children of primary stage in drought affected areas during summer vacation.

And most importantly, this initiative aims to transform children’s lives.

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To operate the programme on every school day, every contribution becomes a key component. For example, Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Andhra Pradesh and Telangala reach out to more than 1 lakh children; with four centralised kitchens in total, the programme is able to make a great difference in the lives of young ones. And in places where setting up a centralised kitchen is not feasible, Akshaya Patra has made created a network of decentralised kitchens; Mid-Day Meal Programme in Nayagarh, Odisha is run with the help of decentralised kitchens and over 300 schools are benefitted by the programme.

Your decision to sponsor a child’s meals for a year will have an incredible and a long-term impact on the child’s life. Make an impact today. To know our children’s stories, you can visit our website.

National Youth Day – Youth are the Change Agents of Tomorrow

Malala Yousufzai was still in her teens when she became the change agent for the world. She chose to change her little world – Swat Valley – first that didn’t have enough freedom of education for the women and children. It cost almost her life to become one of the most revered voices for human rights advocacy today.

That’s the impact one motivated youth can make. The leadership of her youth came from an innocent thought of educating girls in her area. The world has seen the impact of this child.

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As National Youth Day 2017 comes to a close, let us discuss how we can invest in children to create a better tomorrow.  Children can be change agents and history offers several examples right from late Anne Frank to Malala. What they really need is a healthy environment of growth, education and empowerment. How will that happen? When we feed the children with nutritious food, provide them with quality education and create an environment of learning.

Feeding the children

Studies have shown that nutritious meals have a part to play in the brain development of a child since the time he or she is an infant. Right from the mother’s milk, this nutrition journey must continue during his adolescence as well. Well-fed children are more active and alert and display a greater sense of leadership right from the childhood. Such children grow up to become able youth ready to lead their counterparts. Youth are always the reflection of the society and if they grew up in deprivation, regrets or revenge, they cannot create a healthy society. It’s important that their childhood is secured by providing them with the most basic human needs so that they become responsible youth with a great sense of accountability.

Facilitating education

Education cannot be separated from the overall development of children. So when NGOs like Akshaya Patra set out to establish more kitchens for serving mid-day meals in schools, the cause of education is further extended. For instance, as a government-partnered NGO in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, the organisation is able to feed school children who feel motivated to attend school every day. Its Mid-Day Meal Programme, in association with the government, in Andhra Pradesh has brought thousands of children to school. That way, Akshaya Patra has been able to employer the youth of tomorrow by feeding them while they are children. Educated youth are able to explore options of careers and goals easily since they have knowledge on their side.

Creating an atmosphere of learning

Along with providing mid-day meals, one of the objectives of Akshaya Patra is to ensure that children get a great learning environment. The organisation works tirelessly with the local schools checking on their attendance and finding hope stories in order to inspire other children to come to school. The scheme itself creates an environment where staff, volunteers and workers motivate children to study hard and have goals in life. Teachers are guided to be gentle so they can facilitate an amazing learning environment.

Donate for a cause

Those who wish to contribute to feed the children can be assured that their donations are investments in the youth of tomorrow.  Donate today.