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Lead the Path to Progress this Republic Day

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Celebrated every year on 26th January, Republic Day is a moment of pride for all Indians. It is a reflection of the power of complete democracy as well as the importance of fundamental rights in inclusive progress of the entire nation. Akshaya Patra, a mid-day meal NGO has been working towards promoting right to nutrition and education of children for 21 years.

We have come a long way since 26th January 1950 when the Constitution of India came into effect making India an independent republic with a democratic government. During these 73 years, the country has made innumerable progresses and is now considered among the most influential countries in the world. Republic Day reiterates the importance of fundamental rights and the responsibility of each citizen that comes with it for the betterment of the country. The Preamble of the Indian Constitution clearly states ‘equality’ as one of its objectives along with justice, liberty, and fraternity. It promotes a system of equal rights, freedom and opportunities for all without any discrimination against any section of the society.

To further the objective of ‘equality’, many individuals and organisations have been relentlessly working with ‘less provided for’ sections of the society. Their efforts do not end at providing immediate support, but in creating a foundation for sustainable progress and upliftment thereon. Such initiatives highlight the role of NGO in India and the significant impact these organisations create at the grass root level, making inclusive progress a possibility. Among such organisations is The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO nourishing school children with nutritious mid-day meals for the past 21 years.

Currently, Akshaya Patra has a beneficiary of 18,00,907 children studying in 19,039 government schools and government-aided schools across 58 locations in 13 States and 1 Union Territory of India. The Foundation is cognisant of the role of NGO in India and its role in specific with regards to upholding the right to nutrition and education of children. It is well-aware of how mid-day meal has been instrumental in bringing children from challenging backgrounds to school and helping them continue their education. Hence, it strives to ensure that each child receives their share of wholesome school meals that supports academic learning, performance in sports and co-curricular activities, and promotes holistic development. The meals also improve regularity in attendance and reduces drop-out rate – key factors contributing to uninterrupted schooling.

Every child, whether from privileged background or challenging background, is a storehouse of talents, dreams and aspirations. All they need is an opportunity to share, explore, and hone their creativity, ideas and talents. This makes schools the nurturing ground and an essential part of a child’s growth and development. And mid-day meal is a great incentive for ‘less provided for’ families to send their children to school with the assurance that their children will receive at least one full meal for the day. In order to benefit more children, Akshaya Patra seeks your support. This Republic Day, take action to ensure ‘every child is at school’ so that they grow up to be empowered citizens of the country. You can make a difference by either opting to donate to charity, engaging as a CSR partner, or conducting a fundraiser.

Children are the future decision makers, but only empowered children can contribute to the progress of the country. So, it becomes important to acknowledge the significance of health and education and make it accessible to children so that they grow up to be able, competent, and skilled adults. On this 73rd Republic Day, lead the way to progress by enabling and empowering children with adequate nutrition and rightful education. Your one step towards creating a change will uphold the fundamental rights of every child and soon manifest in the most desirable way.

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Let children reap the harvest of goodwill this Sankranti

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What memory does kite-flying bring into your mind?
Makara Sankranti!
It is one Indian festival that brings a gush of memories to all of us. Exchanging gifts, sweets, clothes, etc. are a part of our childhood that hold a special place in our hearts even till date. Sankranti is celebrated on the same dateevery year, that is on 14th January. It is known as Pongal, Bihu, Lohri, Uttarayan, etc. in different states.
This festival marks the beginning of spring season and the Sun God is worshipped for moving from Tropic of Cancer to Tropic of Capricorn (Dakshinayan to Uttarayan). The sun enters the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Significance of Makara Sankranti according to Hindu Mythology
In the religious text of Mahabharata, Bhishma, the grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas, had received a boon of choosing the time of his death. Though he was badly wounded, he chose to wait for an auspicious date to leave his body. He left his body on the day of sun’s succession on Vaikuntha Ekadashi, as he lied on a bed of arrows for almost a month. It is believed that souls that depart during this auspicious period will reach heaven.

Makara Sankranti is the time when nights become shorter and days become longer. It is the festival of harvesting of rabi crops.

It is one festival that is celebrated differently in many states of India. Sankranti is an auspicious day for all Hindus; it is symbolic of celebrating the movement from darkness unto light which also means eliminating the bad in ourselves to pave way for the goodness in us. While some exchange sweets, pray for the wellness of each and every one, others feed the children, animals and others in need.

Bring out the best side of your goodness and spread cheer in the lives of people who need some sort of assistance. This harvest festival, include young children and underprivileged people in your act of goodness. Like how you celebrate this festive season with your loved ones, support these people in need to help them celebrate. This festival of harvest, bring them closer to food that helps them survive without having to compromise on education.

Celebrate Sankranti with Akshaya Patra
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO that primarily serves mid-day meals to school children studying in Government and Government-aided schools of India. Running the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal programme, the Foundations aims to feed 5 million children every day. Moving towards the same, more kitchens are being set up with support of the Government of India, individual donors, corporate partners and volunteers. As of today, there are centralised and decentralised kitchens in 6 locations that serves hygienic food to children from low-income sections.

In times of calamities, the kitchens of Akshaya Patra that serve mid-day meals to children, concentrate on serving food to people in distress.

As you begin this festive season by fling kits, burning old stuff, letting go off small tiffs, etc. let us also give a thought to feed the children in need. Help them harvest the goodness that brought life into their dreams. Donate online towards feeding them with Akshaya Patra to support their food and education. You can make memories in the life of children who look forward to celebrating this Makara Sankranti in a better manner.

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Akshaya Patra heralds hope this New Year

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The best time is when things come to an end to make way for new beginnings. It is a beautiful feeling when you have to become skilled to accept the new situations and let go off of something that you had been clinging to for a long time. It is time for the doors of 2021 to close and open the doors of 2022 to welcome us into a New Year of fresh experiences, thoughts and actions.

Beginnings are beautiful for us, but…

For people coming from marginal sections of society, new beginnings make them anxious because they have a preconception that everything will be difficult. 2020 has been unpredictable for millions of people who do not have enough to save, earn or take care of their families. The Akshaya Patra Foundation stepped forward to take care of families struggling during these difficult times.

Programmes are undertaken by this NGO to ensure the future is better for people suffering during difficult times.

Apart from implementing the Government’s midday meal scheme, Akshaya Patra ensures healthy food for people in over 71 locations of India since the beginning of supporting the whole nation with the COVID -19 Relief Programme. So far, a cumulative of 20.5-crore meals have been served to people who are in need of food and essentials.

CELEBRATE THIS NEW YEAR WITH AKSHAYA PATRA
Akshaya Patra has always stepped up beyond implementing the midday meal scheme. It has provided food relief to people in times of distress, like the pandemic for example. However, now that everything seems to be aligning with the new normal and children have started going back to school, the NGO in India is back to feeding nutritious meals to school children. This New Year, let’s make 2022 memorable for little children who dream of having a career, aspire to become professional dancers, singers, rap artists, teachers, etc. Millions of children speak of a million dreams; it is in our hands to help them reach their destination. Donate online to support unlimited food for education of these beneficiary children.

Let us know in the comment section if you know of any beneficiaries whose lives have changed after receiving food support from Akshaya Patra.

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Feeding children of the state on Kannada Rajyotsava

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From the whole of the Akshaya Patra family, wishing everyone a Happy Kannada Rajyotsava!

The 1st of every November is Kannada Rajyotsava, a day when a sense of pride fills the hearts of Kannadigas as ‘Jai Karnataka’ reverberates in the entire state. On this day, all Kannada speaking areas were merged into a new state that was initially called Mysore. In 1973 on this very day, the name of this state was changed to Karnataka. The birth of a Kannada speaking state is celebrated as Kannada Rajyotsava where Rajyotsava comes from two words – ‘Rajya’ meaning state and Utsava meaning festival.

The whole state is decorated with red and yellow while Karnataka flags are hoisted in every location and the state anthem ‘Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate’ is sung in communities, associations, other establishments, etc. Many NGOs too celebrate this day with great fervour, celebration and arrange for special lunch for their beneficiaries.

In many schools – both private and public, a sense of patriotism is tingled in every child by arranging for debate competitions, fancy dress competitions and enacting skits and plays. This is mostly followed by a special lunch for all the children.

Akshaya Patra, Akshara Dasoha and the connection with Karnataka
In 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation started providing school meals to children in Bangalore under its own school lunch programme to support their education and nutrition. To verify the efficacy of the lunch scheme, this NGO in Bangalore was called in for its testimony, post which, the Mid-Day Meal Programme was mandated. Integrating the centrally sponsored scheme – the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NPNSPE), the State Government launched the Akshara Dasoha Scheme [Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme] in June 2002.

Nutritious meals are prepared by Akshaya Patra in Karnataka from its seven kitchens – V.K. Hill (Bengaluru), H.K. Hill (Bengaluru), Jigani (Bengaluru), Hubballi, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Ballari. The kitchens in V.K. Hill, Jigani and H.K. Hill are ISO 22000:2005 certified, the Ballari and Hubballi kitchens are ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified. The kitchens of Mysuru and Mangaluru are under the process of certification. In every kitchen, locally palatable meals are served to its beneficiaries to ensure that there is no wastage of food.

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Akshaya Patra is extremely grateful to The Government of India, State Governments, District Authorities, individual partners, corporate donors and volunteers for constant support over the last 20 years.

Kannada Rajyotsava amid the COVID crisis
This is the second year in a row when the festivities of this special day will be minimized; all due to the pandemic. As schools were shut for a very long time, Akshaya Patra expanded from providing unlimited food for children to unlimited food for everyone in need.

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This NGO in Bangalore has served a cumulative of 2,14,01,130 meals in the form of:
• Cooked meals served to every individual in need
• Happiness Kits to mid-day meal beneficiaries
• Family Happiness Kits to vulnerable families
• Raksha Kits as an incentive to help people get vaccinated
• Shakti Kit to nourish expecting mothers.

What Next?
As we all hope for the effect of the pandemic to decrease, life to go back to normal, schools and colleges to reopen, Akshaya Patra is gearing up to serve safe meals to children of Karnataka. All the kitchens of this NGO are being sanitized and cleaned to deliver hygienic food to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. Donate online to support this NGO in Bangalore to take care of children’s nutritional requirements daily.

Dedicate this Kannada Rajyotsava to the children of Karnataka.
Support their food and education today!

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Empower lives with your goodness this Navrathri

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Navaratri is the most awaited festival of the year which is associated with nine days of celebration throughout India. Celebrated in the month of autumn, people worship the feminine Devi – Durga in this festival. The next day after Navaratri, the tenth day is called Dussehra or Vijayadashami. The value that parents teach their children during this festive season is that of good over evil – the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura and the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.

Navaratri & Dussera celebrations across India
Across India, Navaratri is celebrated with lights, joy, dance, Garba, dandiya, fun and lots of food. However, this year, for the second consecutive year, we will be celebrating Navaratri and Dussehra amidst the fear of the pandemic. Yet, the spirit of this festive season remains strong. Joy comes not only from celebrating with dance and dandiya, it also comes with giving. Giving comes in various forms like donating money, clothes, medical supplies and food.

No matter what is celebrated – Pujo, Dandiya Raas, Navaratri, Ghatasthapana, Naada Habba or any other festival, the spirit of giving persists. The most common form of giving during this festival is food and meals. Many people choose to feed the needy adults while others choose to feed little children. Many NGOs open their doors to welcome generous people who want to make a difference in the lives of the have-not’s by donating to an NGO. Food is a necessity that most of the vulnerable sections of India struggle to get.

Akshaya Patra’s feeding service
To serve these vulnerable people, The Akshaya Patra Foundation – a trusted NGO in India strives continuously to provide them regular meals throughout the pandemic. What started in March 2020 as a service of cooked meals, has expanded to cater to the needs of marginalized families, homeless mothers, school children, pregnant women, etc.
Till 30th September 2021, 18,72,10,841 cumulative meals have been served and will continue till there are people in need of food.

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The above kits contain food items and other essentials that help families survive the tough times brought forth by the pandemic.
• Cooked meals save individuals suffering from short term, acute or chronic hunger
• Grocery Kits provided food essentials during the pandemic
• Happiness Kits are distributed to mid-day meal beneficiaries in the absence of school meals
• Family Happiness Kits provide food and other essentials to marginalized families
• Raksha Kits are provided as an incentive to help people get vaccinated
• Shakti Kits are distributed to nourish anaemic pregnant women.

Resuming of feeding children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme
As children have started resuming going to schools, Akshaya Patra has also resumed its service to provide mid-day meals to them. On a daily basis, freshly cooked meals are distributed to school children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. Great precaution and care is taken to ensure that meals are cooked in a safe and hygienic manner.

Inside the Akshaya Patra kitchens 
midday meal ngoLet your goodness triumph over hunger this Navratri
Hunger causes discomfort and is the evil force that people from vulnerable communities are fighting every single day with low income and loss of secure jobs. This Navaratri, let your generosity triumph over their hunger. Your contribution can help them celebrate this festival on a full stomach. Donate online and provide food security to add goodness to this special day of Navaratri.

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Impact of giving on Daan Utsav

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We all are unique beings and have a unique story to tell from different walks of life.

Some may share high spirited stories while others may talk about the troughs of their lives. Some fortunate people have so much in their lives that they can afford to share with the have-nots of the society.

Did you know? Daan Utsav was initially called the Joy of Giving week

People who want to be a part of this festival of philanthropic act, will perform little acts of giving to ensure that needy people get all the help and support they require. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that has always been acknowledged for their feeding service. This NGO is registered as a not-for-profit organisation under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882. It also has the distinction of being the world’s largest NGO run school lunch programme, serving freshly cooked nutritious mid-day meals to school children every single day.

During the onset of the pandemic, Akshaya Patra changed its focus from feeding children to feeding every person in need. With various programmes, marginalised sections of the society comprising of carpenters, construction-site workers, daily-wage labourers, auto rickshaw drivers, ambulance drivers, grave diggers, aged people, orphans, patient caretakers, traffic police, etc. were benefitted.

Impact of donating to Akshaya Patra
With Akshaya Patra, you can not only feed the hungry, but you can serve mid-day meals to children going to Government and Government-aided schools. 92% of the funds collected for the programme will reach the beneficiaries and the rest of it will be used for the programme cost. Create an impact with Akshaya Patra by donating towards:

Cooked meals – Freshly cooked meals are served to every person who suffers without the basic necessities like full-plate of meals. With your contribution, every beneficiary receives either dal and rice, or khichadi/roti and subzi.

Happiness Kits – Provide Happiness Kits to children who are bereaved of mid-day meals due to school closures in the pandemic. These kits ensure nutrition, health, hygiene and education of school children who used to otherwise go to government and government-aided schools.

Family Happiness Kits – Support the sustenance of marginalised families who find it difficult to provide even a single square meal a day. Your online donations will provide such vulnerable people with food items that they can cook at home according to their capacity.

Raksha Kits – Akshaya Patra conducts incentivised vaccination drives to reduce vaccine hesitancy in people from vulnerable sections of society. People who attend this drive get educated about the vaccine, receive a grocery kit as an incentive to make up for their daily or hourly wage loss.

Shakti Kits – Malnourished pregnant women need extra care and nourishment to ensure that they have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. These kits provide nutritional supplements like iron, proteins, etc.

With over 1.8 million children and millions of vulnerable people benefitting from Akshaya Patra’s feeding programmes, you can feed the hungry and be a part of the initiatives this Daan Utsav. Help the have-not’s narrate high-spirited stories of your gooodwill.

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Extend your circle of celebration on Raksha Bandhan

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India is a country that has an abundance of festivals to celebrate. Being born in such a country, these occasions are what we look forward to and they are something that gets us all excited.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the first full moon of the Hindu month – Sharavana, where the relationship between siblings is celebrated. This becomes a symbol of love, promise and protection. If we go back to what our mythology says, there is a story from the great epic – Mahabharata. Lord Krishna’s finger gets injured and starts bleeding. On seeing this, Draupadi tears her saree to bandage his wound. Krishna respected concern and affection hence was moved by this gesture. He felt bound by this sisterly act of love and compassion. In return for the favour, Krishna promised to repay this debt of gratitude with a promise that he would help and protect her from any harm. In this way, the saree becomes the sacred thread called ‘Rakhi’ and the promise of protection has carried forward.

Not only is Raksha Bandhan celebrated between brothers and sisters, but it is also celebrated among cousins, soul sisters, sworn sisters & brothers, etc. It is a day where we extend the celebrations beyond the four walls of our homes and blood relations. This is what The Akshaya Patra Foundation is doing this year. It is reaching out to people who are in need.

This Indian NGO – Akshaya Patra has taken to protect the lives of underprivileged people and deprived. Since the pandemic, the conditions of these communities have worsened. After the vaccine roll-out, these sections of society have been left out as they have no access to digital devices or know how to register for vaccination.

To augment India’s ‘Free Vaccination for All’ programme, incentivized vaccine drives are conducted by Akshaya Patra in association with a Hospital Partner and Vaccination Partner to help the vulnerable sections. These drives aim to reduce vaccine hesitancy and up vaccine intakes in low-income populations. In this drive, people get inoculated, receive snacks and a Raksha Kit that helps cook 21 meals.

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This Raksha Bandhan, provide Raksha Kits while you help the underprivileged get vaccinated. Donate online to Akshaya Patra to incentivize people to attend more such upcoming drives.

Let this Raksha Bandhan protect more people than just your blood relatives. Extend your wall of care and concern to include people in need.

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Independence Day journey during COVID Pandemic

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In emergencies that loomed our country, a pandemic of such a large scale had called upon emergency lockdowns, not once or twice, but many times with the hope that the number of active cases will decrease. The most celebrated and occasion that was looked forward to in 2020 was Independence Day. This day also saw a few limitations on the celebration front. Guidelines were given out to follow preventive measures while organising various programmes for this day. For the first time, military bands from the Indian tri-services performed to thank the COVID-19 frontline workers as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude.

This year we will be celebrating the 75th year of Indian Independence Day. And this time too we will be restricted with our celebrations though the vaccines have been rolled out. Though the virus hasn’t dampened our spirit of festivity, we have accepted the new norms to celebrate the patriotism in us. Giving or helping people in need, has become a part of our lives. We are helping each other in ways that we wouldn’t even have thought of. Akshaya Patra has gone beyond its normal routine of feeding children from challenging socio-economic backgrounds who study in Government and Government-aided schools.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has moved beyond serving mid-day meal beneficiaries; it started the COVID-19 relief feeding service to feed the needy populations of India. As a part of this programme, cooked meals and grocery kits were distributed to marginalised communities of India.

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As children were kept out of school and they did not have access to their daily source of nutritious meals – mid-day meals, they had started becoming visibly weaker. To continue serving these school children, this Indian NGO started the Happiness Kits Programme. With this initiative, the health, immunity, hygiene and education of children would be supported.

As the second wave of the pandemic hit the nation with full force, the hunger crisis also worsened. Akshaya Patra also decided to fight back hunger for the sake of people’s survival. It started distributing Family Happiness Kits to vulnerable families of four, to help them survive with healthy food for 15 days.

What’s inside the Family Happiness Kit?

happiness kitsSeveral people from different sections of society had started facing food shortages. Akshaya Patra decided to lend them a helping hand. Thus, it provided food assistance to Homeless mothers who were living without their husbands and artisan communities who had taken a bad hit in this testing time.

This Independence Day is not very different from what it was last year. The only difference maybe is that last year it was the pandemic that devastated the lives of the needy and this year it is a year of survival with the second wave.
Make this Independence Day, a special one in your life. 75 years ago, it was a struggle for freedom while today is a struggle for life. Donate online to Akshaya Patra to relieve the marginalised and vulnerable populations from this struggle for food.

Celebrate humanity, celebrate togetherness

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Honour Fathers on Father’s day

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The word father can have different ways of being addressed, Appa, Papa, Acchan, Papaji, Abba, Baba or call him anything else, he is always more than an epitome of strength, confidence, care and will to provide. Even without having asked what we want, we would have it with us and we knew this was our father’s way of expressing his love.

Is there a special day dedicated to all fathers? Yes, there is. Every third Sunday of June is celebrated as Father’s day in most countries around the world. However, in Europe and Latin America, fathers are honoured on 19 March, which is a traditional Catholic holiday.

What’s the history behind Father’s Day?
There are different stories revolving around the birth of Father’s day. Two popular ones are widespread.

Sonora Dodd and her five siblings were raised by a single parent – her father, in Washington’s Spokane. In 1910, on knowing that mother’s day will be celebrated, she felt that fathers need to be honoured too. With this thought in mind, she started a campaign for a day, dedicated to all fathers. In 1920, Spokane celebrated the first Father’s Day.

There is another story about Grace Golden Clayton from Fairmont, West Virginia. In 1907, a coal mining disaster occurred that killed 361 men. Out of the 361, 250 of them were fathers. Clayton suggested that a commemoration service should be held. She argued that children, mothers and wives of these men needed a day to remember and pay a tribute to them.

Whatever the reason was for the celebration of Father’s Day, it was a historical day that united all fathers. Many NGOs work and celebrate this special day to honour fathers across the world. One such organisation is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. In this hour of trying to get back to a normal stage of living, it helps fathers of India feed their children and families.

Here are few stories of fathers who have received Akshaya Patra’s food relief service during this pandemic.

Mohan Jadhav, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

covid relief serviceHe was handed over 2months’ salary before the lockdown as the factory he was working in, was getting shut. Since, the beginning of lockdown, the price of commodities shot up and this money was exhausted within days. His worry was, how will he go back home to his parents? His children would not be able to travel 300 km on an empty stomach. Akshaya Patra’s meals came to rescue him and his family out of this situation.

Ramprakash, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

covid relief serviceHe is a tailor who stitches garments of deities like Lord Krishna and Radha for a temple. The pandemic brought with it, the closure of temples which left people like him with no money to buy food or stock up ration for the future. With no source of income, he and his wife had started thinking twice before spending a single rupee. He was worried he would have to put his four children to sleep on an empty stomach. But, Akshaya Patra came to rescue their hunger at the right time.

Chandan Bahera, Silvassa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli

covid relief serviceChandan had left his parents in Odisha to come and work in Silvassa. The pandemic jeopardized the security that his daily-wage job would give him. With limited resources, he had to take care of his wife, two children and his parents. He was worried that he will not be able to see his parents ever again. But thanks to Akshaya Patra’s food relief service, he and his family started getting freshly cooked meals. This helped to avoid his food expenses and helped him save enough to meet his parents.

Shyam Kushwah, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

covid relief serviceShyam is a single parent from Vrindavan who worked as a labourer in a pipe manufacturing company. His two boys were always left at home while he would go to work. The guilt of not earning enough for the safety of his children had started to consume him. He had started getting disappointed in himself for letting his children sleep on an empty stomach almost every day. Relief set in when he heard that an NGO was providing free meals to people like him. Now he can save for a future emergency.

Many more fathers suffer from the guilt of not being able to provide enough for their families during this pandemic. Feed the needy people by supporting Akshaya Patra’s COVID Relief Service. Donate online to the organisation to provide cooked meals with ₹30 and Family Happiness Kits with ₹1200.

This father’s day, support fathers across India to secure the future of their family.

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Ways to make a difference on World Hunger Day

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It is for the second time in a row that World Hunger Day is not an ordinary day. There is much more we need to do as citizens of a country this year. After the COVID-19 pandemic threatened every section of the society, it also exposed the fragility of the agricultural sector that pushed millions of people to the brink of starvation. Food insecurity impacted many people as a result of the loss of jobs and forced them to go to bed hungry.

28th May is celebrated as World Food Day and was started by The Hunger Project in 2011. Now, there is more need to invest in the sustainable end of hunger than ever. Many NGOs work to improve food security, food waste, hunger and malnutrition as a part of their COVID relief service. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity in India that is currently serving meals to the needy people of India. With great support from the Central Government, State Government and District authorities coupled with generous donations from various individuals and corporate donors, it began its COVID Relief Service on 25th March 2020 during the first lockdown and has never stopped its feeding service till date. To address immediate hunger in migrants, daily wagers, labourers and needy people of India, the Foundation served freshly cooked meals and distributed grocery kits that could equip a family with ration for almost a month.

How can you provide help during this COVID crisis?
Support Akshaya Patra in its feeding initiatives to help the needy people with the much-required meals during this pandemic.

• Donate online
Provide food assistance to marginalised sections of the society that is deeply affected by the pandemic. They may not fear the virus as much as they fear dying from hunger in this tough time. Feed meals to the needy people of India with Akshaya Patra. The NGO is currently serving rice, dal, khichdi/roti and subzi in 28 locations of India.
Apart from serving cooked meals, Akshaya Patra also provides grocery kits to needy families. Every grocery kit contains ration and vegetables that can help in the preparation of 42/28 meals depending on the location served. Ingredients in the grocery kits will vary in every state to cater to the local taste. Currently, Akshaya Patra distributes grocery kits in 32 locations of India.

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• Fundraising campaign to feed the needy people
Be a part of Akshaya Patra’s fundraising campaign to support its feeding initiatives. You can also start a fundraising campaign to show your support towards providing food in this crisis. All you have to do is:

Start a Campaign: Sign in or register and create an online fundraising campaign by filling in the required details.
Create Awareness: Once the campaign has been created, share the link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels and let your friends know.
Raise Funds: Tell your friends and family that they can support Akshaya Patra by contributing to your purposeful campaign.
Make an Impact: Know that all the funds raised through your campaign will be utilised to provide nutritious meals every day!

• Create awareness on Social Media
Be a social media supporter of Akshaya Patra. Follow and like the NGO on various social media platforms and comment or share on the updates of the organisation. Be aware of what is happening in the charity and what are its new initiatives.

This World Hunger Day, make your presence felt, support Akshaya Patra to eliminate hunger in the lower strata of the society. Use your generosity to bring about a positive change in the lives of needy people by supporting the COVID-19 Relief Service.

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