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.

Akshaya Patra’s work in Karnataka

In the year 2000, with a strong vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ an organisation began serving freshly cooked, nutritious lunch to school children in Bengaluru… slowly and steadily it began expanding its service to other parts of the city… then to other parts of the state… and now nourishes 4,49,079 children across six locations of Karnataka…
along with operating in 11 other states…
It’s The Akshaya Patra Foundation in a nutshell!

Akshaya Patra nourishes 4,49,079 children in Karnataka, on each school day

In 2000, Akshaya Patra began its journey as an NGO in Karnataka by providing lunch to 1,500 children of five Government schools in Bengaluru. Later, when the Supreme Court passed the mandate on 28 November 2001 directing all ‘the State Governments and Union Territories to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in every Government and Government assisted schools’ this NGO partnered with the Government to further the reach of this Scheme.

Akshaya Patra’s work in Karnataka

Presently, there are seven Akshaya Patra kitchens in Karnataka preparing nutritious, hygienic, and locally palatable meals for 4,49,079 children, on each school day.

The below table shows the Foundation’s reach in the state:

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All Akshaya Patra kitchens in Karnataka are centralised and mechanised cooking units. Among the seven kitchens, H.K Hill and V.K. Hill kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified, whereas Ballari, and Hubballi kitchens are ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certified. The kitchens in Mangaluru, Mysuru and Jigani are in the process of certification.

Meal menu of Akshaya Patra in Karnataka

As a mid-day meal NGO in India, the Foundation wants to make sure that children of each and every location heartily enjoy their meals. Hence, while maintaining the recommended nutrition levels, the Foundation designs its meal menu to suit the local taste of a particular location. It also follows a cyclic menu to ensure children receive adequate nutrition from a wide variety of vegetables, pulses, spices and condiments; and also countering monotony of same taste. As an organisation providing mid-day meal in Karnataka, it caters to the typical South Indian taste.

The meal menu in Karnataka consists of: plain rice, ghee rice, khichdi, vegetable biryani, bisibelebaath, khara pongal, tur dal sambar,
mixed pulses sambar, dal fry, gram dal sambar, chana dal sambar, moong dal sambar, moong chilka sambar, mixed sambar,
kabuli chana sabji, beetroot chana sabji, mixed vegetable sabji,
fried groundnut, and curd.

This NGO in Karnataka also serves its beneficiaries with a variety of sweets such as hayagriva, daliya sweet pongal, sweet pumpkin payasam, moong dal payasam, and jaggery sweet payasam.

To ensures children receive fresh and hot meals, Akshaya Patra has a dedicated fleet of customised insulated vehicles to deliver mid-day meal in Karnataka.

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Along with providing mid-day meals to school children as an NGO in Karnataka, Akshaya Patra also provides nutritious and tasty school meals to 17,65,597 children across 11 other states in India.

Akshaya Patra aims to nourish 50 lakh children in India by 2025.
Join the efforts of this NGO in India in nourishing, nurturing,
and empowering children of the nation.