How Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal impact education in India

Mid-day meal impact

Until our stomach is full, the mind is pre-occupied with the thought of food – it is a fact! So, do you think it is possible for young children to concentrate in the classroom and focus on school activities when their stomachs are growling with hunger?

Aside from being an important aspect in the growth and development of children, food is also a prerequisite for effective education. And, that’s where the Mid-Day Meal Scheme come into the picture. The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is an initiative of Government of India to provide cooked meals to the children of government schools and government-aided schools. Over the years, this Scheme has become a significant pillar and a prime influence on the progress of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan. Several NGOs have partnered with the government to implement this Scheme across the country, and one such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. This NGO has been providing school midday meal since 2000. Presently, it serves mid-day meals to more than 1.7 million children in 14,173 schools of 36 locations in 12 states of India.

In most instances, it has been observed that school meal acts as an incentive for families of not-so-privileged backgrounds. Parents send their children to school with the hope that the young members will at least get one proper meal for the day. This provides an opportunity to the children to attend school thereby benefitting them doubly with nutritious food and rightful education. Thus, as part of self-assessment, Akshaya Patra periodically conducts third-party studies to understand the impact and opportunities of the mid-day meal programme. The summary of many such impact studies indicate:

  • There has been an increase in enrolment of children
  • Regularity and attendance among students is on the rise
  • Student drop-out rate has decreased
  • There has been a significant improvement in the health of children
  • The level of concentration among children has improved
  • There is an enhanced sense of social equity and socialisation among children

As a mid-day meal NGO, Akshaya Patra understands the need to remain transparent about its operations and developments with the government and civil society. Thus, it annually publishes the NGO Annual Report containing audited financial statements, organisational highlights, achievements, plans, and goals along with the impact it has had on the beneficiaries.

Interestingly, Akshaya Patra implements the mid-day meal programme with the vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. This itself indicates that the NGO strives to provide nutritious school midday meals to children in order to support their education. Step in to support the efforts of this mid-day meal NGO. Choose to donate for education in India through Akshaya Patra. This will not only support the education of children but will also contribute to their healthy growth and development. So, join hands with Akshaya Patra and provide ‘unlimited food for education’.

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Akshaya Patra’s Highlights of 2017-18

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. It is an Indian NGO implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme across 12 states in India covering more than 14,000 government schools in 36 locations. Over the past 17 years, with the vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, this charitable trust has impacted lives of over 1.7 million school going children. Strategic planning, execution, and its operational model of Public-Private Partnership have contributed to Akshaya Patra’s sustainability and expansion. It has been continuously progressing towards its mission of ‘feeding 5 million children by 2020’. Each year the NGO plans futuristically and steers its efforts to achieve it. As the journey for the new fiscal begins, here are the highlights of the past Financial Year 2017-18:

Akshaya Patra Achievements

In keeping with two of its core values – accountability and transparency, Akshaya Patra discloses its audited financial statements and operational progress of every financial year in the form of Annual Reports. The NGO Annual Report updates all its stakeholders on its overall developments and achievements along with stating the plans for the next fiscal. Each year, the Foundation’s Annual Reports have received much appreciation at the global and national platforms. During 2017-18, the report received the prestigious:

  • Golden Shield Award 2017 for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
  • PRCI Collateral Awards 2017 at the 11th Global Communication Conclave.

With respect to operations, Akshaya Patra expanded its reach to nine more locations across the country:

Akshaya Patra kitchen locations

This Indian NGO is leaving no stone unturned to maximise the impact of the Mid-Day Meal Programme. And, the progress by far affirms that the Foundation will continue to move ahead and transform lives of children to create generations of healthy and confident citizens.

Read our beneficiaries hope stories at: https://www.akshayapatra.org/stories-of-children

Akshaya Patra – Feeding Millions of Children Every Day

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India feeding over 1.6 million school children every day. The organisation takes pride in having encouraged millions of children, through mid-day meals, to enroll in schools and be a part of education system. What makes this charitable trust the world’s largest NGO-run feeding programme is noteworthy; the organisation began its humble service in the year 2000 which is now impacting millions of children. With support from government, corporates, donors and many volunteers who have contributed to the cause, the organisation has grown in leaps and bounds.

Recently, the Foundation published its NGO Annual Report for the financial year 2015-16, which gives a 360 degree understanding on the Foundation’s dedicated efforts towards India’s children. The report also exposes behind-the-scenes of Mid-Day Meal Programme; from supervisors to drives who are a part of this ever-inspiring compassionate programme.

As we march ahead into a new year, our motto to feed children nutritious food continues to be a priority. You can help us achieve our target of feeding 5 million children by 2020! Here’s how you can support Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme:

Sponsor a child for year

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Out of millions of children who we reach out to, you could take responsibility of one by donating Rs 950. By contributing this amount, you choose to sponsor the child’s meals for an entire year. Also, the good news is your donation, under section 80G of Income Tax, can get you 100% income tax exemption benefit. All you have to do is choose to sponsor a child.

Fundraise for Akshaya Patra

By creating one campaign, you can help us receive tremendous support from across the globe. In just a few simple steps, you can create a fundraising campaign on our website and share the campaign with your friends and family.

Unlock Smiles of Children

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This is an initiative by Akshaya Patra to feed more children across India. Unlock Smiles gives you an opportunity to feed a child for an entire year – visit our unlock smiles page, click on a smiley and donate. Once you have unlocked a smiley, your name will appear on the smiley.

You can join Akshaya Patra in ending classroom hunger for millions of children who are victims of under nutrition. We believe no child must be deprived of education due to hunger. Today, the organisation reaches out to 1.6 million children on every school day. But you can help us reach 5 million children by 2020. Help us end classroom hunger.

How Effective are Food for Education Programmes

If you’re reading this, you should call yourself fortunate. If going back home reminds you of delicious home-cooked food, you should call yourself fortunate. You’re fortunate because you’ve had the opportunity to learn and you’ve always got a tiffin box to carry in your bag or some money in the pocket for buying lunch.

Not many know that India is a home to 33% of world’s undernourished children. How can we not think of helping them? When you’ve more than you need, you should build a bigger table, not a higher fence. Seeing the present context, we need more supporters and food for education programs to get down to showing deep concern, spreading awareness, donating funds and providing healthy meals as an incentive to boost enrolment.

Akshaya Patra recently published its NGO annual report 2015-16 which gives insights into how the organisation reaches out to millions of children. Here’s how Akshaya Patra set forth in the path of reaching out to millions of children and are changing their lives.

A growth that’s no less than massive

Akshaya Patra has grown slowly and steadily. From 1,500 children a day to over 1.6 million children, the growth has been rising. It demonstrates that the role of NGO has always been aboard and determinant toward the goal of providing unlimited food for education. They’ve gone the extra mile, not only in well-managed technology, logistics, quality, and finance but also in strategies for sustainable working. The Foundation has gained trust of the philanthropic donors and beneficiaries as well.

Food for Education motivates children to pursue their dreams

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Children from the marginalised sections of society often wait to pursue their dreams. Food for Education programmes help them in doing this. The blue buses at Akshaya Patra not only carry freshly cooked nutritious meals to 1.6 million children across India but also the smile and hope to get good food. Ambitious beneficiaries like Dashrath Chauhan, Anjali Batti, Saraswathi, and Chetan are some of our much prized stories of hope.

Involvement of public

It is essential for a public-private relationship based organisation to have provisions for public’s involvement. Without the generous help from well-wishers, it is not possible for an NGO to function at all. These organisations act as a medium for the society to show compassion towards the needy. Akshaya Patra provides several opportunities such as fundraising, campaigning, volunteering, partnering and donating online to get involved in this endeavor of eradicating undernourishment and ensuring access to education for all. For accomplishing its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020, Akshaya Patra gives a shout-out to everyone who is willing to help those in dire need.

Akshaya Patra, an NGO based in Bengaluru, runs Mid-Day Meal Programme in 11 states of India.

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Akshaya Patra Annual Report 2014-15

Annual report 2015 of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a leading NGO dedicated to underprivileged children, is out. The Annual Report 2014-15 titled ‘Giving Every Dream A Chance’ mainly focuses on the theme, ‘The Making of a Dream,’ and all the main procedures which is undertaken by the organisation to  help children get closer to their dreams.

The Akshaya Patra Annual Report, in a way is an effort to highlight the role of a nutritious meal on children. It also provides a solid evidence to show that how the opportunity to eat healthy along with a structured guidance or education helps children follow their dreams.

In an effort to prove this, three young beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra were enrolled into a mentorship programme and were trained according to their field of interest. The whole session including the progress was documented. We can see that the initiative was a great success.

One of the most interesting parts of Annual Report of the NGO is its design and presentation. The cover page of the annual report showing the image of a school boy gazing into the starlit sky is powerful and conveys the message clearly.

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The NGO Annual Report is presented under 8 topics namely:

  • Introduction
  • At the Heart of the Dream
  • What Drives the Dream
  • 2014-15 in a Wrap
  • The Dream Progresses
  • Management Message
  • Dream Stories
  • Previous Annual Reports

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The best part of the Annual Report is Dream Stories, where the organisation tells stories of three 14-year-old young stars- Shivu, who wants to become an astronomer, Manjula who is keen on following her dreams to become an actress and Shekar, who wants to become a chef.

Apart from these, the report also gives an insight into the organisation’s progress, mainly its Annual Financial Report, awards and recognitions received by it during the previous year.

This is just a short description of our Annual Report. To get a detailed account of our work, you can download our Annual Report.