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Rejoice this Holi by celebrating with children


Holi is a festival for all – children, adults, rich, not-so-rich and all. It is a day to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, the day we celebrate the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. It is celebrated to welcome spring and marks the beginning of spring harvest. The celebrations begin the previous night with a ritual called Holika Dahan where one prays to destroy the evil in them. The next morning is celebrated as Holi where people smear each other with colours.

However, it is not all joy and colours for all people. People and children coming from challenging socio-economic backgrounds see their lives to be filled only with black and white. We can potentially add colours into their lives on this Holi 2021.

How can you brighten up their lives?
As the famous saying goes, ‘A little bit of kindness goes a long way.’
Shower your kindness on people this Holi, celebrate it by providing support. The best way to bring change in their lives is by donating to non-profit organisations that take care of their necessities and requirements. This Holi, join The Akshaya Patra Foundation to make a positive impact on the lives of people.

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Celebrate this Holi by feeding children
Celebrate the goodness that resides in you by providing mid-day meals to children with Akshaya Patra. With your contribution of ₹1100, one child from a Government and Government-aided school will receive nutritious meals every single day of that academic year. The meals provided by this NGO takes care of the nutritional levels of school children coming from challenging backgrounds. By cyclically providing locally palatable meals, the organisation ensures that children enjoy their meals and the wastage is reduced.

Here are a few stories of children who love Akshaya Patra’s food

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13-year-old Shyaali dreams of becoming a dentist. She works very hard in class and has become sharper after consuming Akshaya Patra’s meals. She says that she skips breakfast so that she can savour the mid-day meals that day. She adds further saying, “If I eat breakfast and leave home, I feel I am not doing justice to the food provided.” She is grateful for the meals that are served in her school every single day.

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Raju is a 14-year-old boy from Silvassa Municipal School. Akshaya Patra’s meals have inspired him to become a Chef. He loves the fact that one single dish has many recipes to it so that the children don’t get bored of eating the same food and ultimately waste it.

By contributing to Akshaya Patra and supporting the Mid-Day Meal Programme, you help in mitigating classroom hunger, improving focus and attention span of children, reducing school dropout rates and increasing school attendance rate.

To make an online donation to feed mid-day meal beneficiaries, click here.

Celebrate this Holi by feeding homeless mothers
The non-profit organisation is feeding women who have lost their husbands. With the #FeedTheHomelessMothers Programme, it feeds a thousand women every day.
A moderately active woman should consume 1,800-2,200 calories a day.
But women who are surviving without their husbands, do not intake so many calories. To support such women, hot and nutritious meals are provided to help them survive and ward off diseases. Each meal is priced at ₹11.15 and is fed to a thousand of them living at ashrams and other centres.

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Celebrate this festival of Holi by smearing colours on your friends and family, but don’t forget to provide meals to these people during your celebrations. Feed nutritious meals with Akshaya Patra and change lives every day!

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Reasons to be generous on 72nd Republic Day!

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Indian Republic Day is celebrated on 26th January every year to commemorate the day ‘Constitution of India’ came into force. India was declared as a Republic on this day in 1950 and is declared as a National Holiday. Educational institutions organise patriotic programmes to pay homage to martyrs of our freedom struggle.

School children in India celebrate this day with great pride. When institutions organise competitions like quiz, fancy dress, singing and dancing, children take part in them with enthusiasm. National songs, the National Anthem and many other patriotic songs are sung that precede the unfurling of National Flag. The words of the Indian constitution are inscribed deep in us by our teachers that ‘We, the people of India’ will stand together as a nation that is undivided by any caste, creed or religion. These ideals and morals make us responsible citizens and imbibe generosity to help the people who need us.

There are millions of people who need our support every day. These could include daily-wage workers, labourers, senior citizens, people from challenging economic backgrounds, marginalised families, etc.
Akshaya Patra and its service

To help these sections of the society, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO in India works on a private partnership model to feed school children who are the future of the country. The Foundation provides healthy meals to 1.8 million children studying in Government and Government-aided schools of India. Spread across 52 locations of India, healthy meals are provided on a daily basis in 12 States and 2 Union Territories.

Here are a few stories of children who have enjoyed their mid-day meals


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An 11-year-old student of Government Primary School, New Baldev (Mathura), Kapil wants to become an Army Officer. Though he is born to a normal hardworking couple, he has never thought little of his dreams. He says he is aware of what he has to do once he finishes his studies. He is ready for the drill of hanging on ropes, climbing walls and doing push-ups holding rods.
To read about his story, click here.


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10-year old Aishwarya is a 4th standard student studying in M.P. Prathamika Patashala. She dreams of becoming a District Collector so that she can make India a corruption-free nation. The hardships that she and her family have faced, does not demotivate her or derail her from the path of achieving her dreams. Her dream motivates her to study hard every day so much that she has not missed even a single day of school.
To read about his story, click here.

Since many schools have shut down, children are forced to study at home. 1.8 million children were bereft of mid-day meals. Hence, the NGO started the Happiness Kits initiative to support their health, immunity, hygiene and learning.

Akshaya Patra also serves meals during the times of a disaster. For example, when Coronavirus instilled fear in the whole nation that went under a lockdown, the non-profit organisation started the COVID-19 Relief Service. As a part of this programme, hot and freshly cooked, nutritious meals are served to the people from low-income sections of the society.

Nurture and feed the people of India today; they are the section of the population that needs your support the most. Extend your generosity with Akshaya Patra.

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Akshaya Patra Celebrates National Girl Child Day

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Krishnaveni is a student at Chennai High School and a surrogate mother to her siblings since the passing of their mother when she was in Class 5. Since then she has cooked for and taken care of her father, little sister and brother – all while going to school and helping out the family financially.

Her day begins at 5 am each morning with tasks to get her siblings ready for school. After her classes, Krishnaveni helps her father with chores to earn a small income and help contribute to her family’s finances.

Young Krishnaveni has learnt the skill of managing expenses and setting priorities, “My brother always wants toys and my sister asks for bangles. I am always happy to buy it for them, but only when basic needs like food and school necessities are available.” She credits her maturity to education and schooling. Unsurprisingly, Krishnaveni wants to become a teacher; she wishes to share her love of Tamil to children deprived of education.

Of all her daily tasks on school days, cooking is excluded thanks to the breakfast and mid-day meal service in school, “It eases my work at home. Here (in school) we get healthy food. I love the Rava Pongal.”

On #InternationalEducationDay and #NationalGirlChildDay, Akshaya Patra celebrates the spirit of the girl child by emphasizing the important role education plays in a girl’s life and the ripple effect it can have on their families, societies and communities.

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Celebrate This Kannada Rajyotsava With the Needy People!

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Wish you all a Happy 65th Kannada Rajyotsava!

1st November is Kannada Rajyotsava. It is the day the state of Karnataka was formed. On this very day in 1956, all Kannada-speaking regions of South India unified to form Karnataka. Karnataka is derived from the words Karu-Nadu meaning elevated land.

Karnataka Rajyotsava is the day where people living in Karnataka – ‘Kannadigas’, unite to celebrate with great pomp and grandeur, irrespective of their religion. Red and yellow Karnataka flag is hoisted at predominant locations, followed by the singing of the state song. People who have made great contributions towards the development of Karnataka are presented with Rajyotsava awards.

Birth of Akshaya Patra in Bengaluru
Akshaya Patra is an organisation that was born as an NGO in Bengaluru. The Foundation started feeding 1,500 school children with nutritious meals in Government schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka. Since its inception in 2000, it has fed 1.8 million children with wholesome mid-day meals every day. In these times of unprecedented crisis, the NGO is serving meals to the needy and marginalised sections of the society.

As a part of its COVID-19 Relief Service, cooked meals and grocery kits are distributed to people belonging to low-income communities. As of 14th October 2020, a cumulative of 9.2-crore meals were served.

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There are various other ways in which you can celebrate the spirit of being a Kannadiga – by serving your needy fellow beings with Akshaya Patra.

Cooked meals
Serve freshly cooked, nutritious meals to low-income sections of the society, comprising of daily-wage workers, labourers and people in need living in old age homes and night shelters.

Grocery Kits
Each grocery kit comes with spices, pulses, legumes, vegetables and other essentials. Donate online towards providing grocery kits to help marginalised families sustain amid the crisis.

Happiness Kits
To continue its service towards mid-day meal beneficiaries, Akshaya Patra initiated the Happiness Kits Programme. Each happiness kit supports nutrition, immunity, hygiene and education of school children studying in Government and Government-aided schools.

Anganwadi Kits
To provide support to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, essential kits are being distributed. Glucose biscuits, jaggery, milk powder, Horlicks, etc. are packed in the kit for Anganwadi beneficiaries.

With social distancing and new norms in place, this year’s Kannada Rajotsava is a tad bit different. But nothing can dampen our spirits to help our fellow citizens in the hour of this crisis. Extend your support and let us know how you have changed lives on this Rajyotsava.


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World Food Day – Rise Against Hunger

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7.8 billion people are living on Earth, out of which there are over 690 million people who are affected by hunger. The ongoing crisis is estimated to push a further of 130 million people in this bracket by the end of 2020. The numbers are huge and this is why there is a need to get together to help people. The theme for this World Food Day is very apt, ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. – Our Actions are Our Future.’

People all over the globe are facing a food crisis and there is an urgency to act for the betterment of people facing hardships of food. 16th October every year is celebrated as World Food Day. It is in our hands to make a difference in the lives of the needy people and make Zero Hunger possible.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO that works primarily towards providing mid-day meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools of India. In this unprecedented COVID crisis, the Foundation is serving meals to the needy. As on 6th October 2020, a total of 9-crore meals was served to low-income and marginalised sections of society.

Ways to make a difference on #WorldFoodDay2020 with Akshaya Patra:

Serve cooked meals to individuals
In the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, Akshaya Patra is serving hot and freshly-cooked meals to needy people hailing from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. So far, 5,19,56,876 cooked meals have been served.

Support needy families with grocery kits
To help marginalised families, Akshaya Patra is distributing grocery kits that contain dry ration to help them sustain in this crisis hour. Each kit is filled with food items like rice, pulses, spices, oil and vegetables. As on 6th October 2020, 8,53,534 grocery kits have been served.

Spread joy with happiness kits
To continue its service towards children, happiness kits are distributed to mid-day meal beneficiaries. Each happiness kit contains nutrition and immunity-rich food, hygiene items and educational supplies. So far, a total of 1,17,959 happiness kits have been distributed.

Feed children and lactating mothers with Anganwadi kits
As a part of the Anganwadi Kits Programme, feed a nursing mother and her child with 2 kits that take care of their meals. Glucose biscuits, Horlicks and milk powder are provided along with spices and pulses.

Make this World Food Day meaningful by feeding the needy people. Amid this COVID-19 crisis, every donation provides the most basic necessity – food. Show your generosity by making online donations towards Akshaya Patra and helping low-income sections of the society survive.

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Celebrate Teacher’s Day With Aspiring Teachers

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“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future.” – Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Teachers are the hands that guide us through the phase of our childhood. They play a major role in our school lives. They are the first people who encourage us to be creative, trigger our curiosity and activate logical questioning and reasoning. Let us remember our mentors on this Teacher’s Day.

Role of teachers
Teachers are the people who mold children’s career and future. The primary role of a teacher is to deliver classroom instructions that will help them learn. Teachers prepare effective lessons to ensure that students excel in their academics. Apart from this, there are limitless roles a teacher plays in the lives of children.

Teachers become guardians
Schools tremendously contribute to a child’s development. Teachers are a major part of the formative years that shape their personality. Children spend most of their time with teachers where they develop a comfort zone. They feed the children when in need, they become friends that share joys and sorrows, resulting in a strong bond of trust.
With the guidance of teachers, children learn certain values like they would learn at home from their parents. They learn social skills like making friends, distinguishing between right and wrong, when to seek help from others or when to be independent.

Teachers are mentors
Students always look up to their teachers and may unknowingly imitate them too. Often children walk up to their teacher for small and big issues and the teachers reciprocate amicably to solve their issues. Teachers also provide guidance to their aspirations so that children have a clearer picture of their goals and the ways to achieve it.

Stories of children who have taken inspiration from their teachers

Shruti is a 3rd standard from Telangana who is inspired by her Biology teacher. Though she is not sure of what she wants to be when she grows up yet, becoming a teacher is definitely one of her options. Her school, Margons Ragon School hosted a Science Exhibition that Shruti was a part of. Her teacher slid a slide of what looked like a dead piece of algae, under a microscope. To Shruti’s surprise, the algae that she saw in the microscope was moving! She was inspired to teach such interesting topics to other children.

Shravani is a 9th standard student who aims to be a teacher. Her desire to be a teacher grew stronger as she entered high school. If there was an issue that she encountered, be it study-related or anything related to academics, she would share it with her favourite teacher – Ms. Usha Rani. She was inspired by how her problems would vanish as soon as she shared with her teacher. On growing up, she wants to become a teacher who is very close to her students where all of them confide and her.

Munna is a 14-year-old boy studying in M.P Prathamika Patashala, Telangana who wants to be a Telugu teacher. He feels that values, morals and education should be imparted in the local language since it is easily understood. He is inspired to be a Telugu teacher from his Telugu teacher whom he was able to connect with ease. Munna says, the amount of impact a local language has on children will not have the same impact as a foreign language.

On this Teacher’s Day, honour your favourite teacher by taking care of children who aspire to take forward this profession. Donate for children’s Happiness Bags with Akshaya Patra. The NGO that works towards its core cause of feeding mid-day meals to children has initiated the Happiness Bag Programme to support health and education of children amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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Celebrate Independence Day With Children

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The morning air felt fresher and newer on 15th August 1947. It was the first day that India was independent, after decades of being suppressed under the rule of the British Government. This day is celebrated as Independence Day throughout the country with great patriotism and joy. On this day, the Prime Minister of India hoists the flag at Red Fort. Honouring all the freedom fighters on this day, August 15th is declared as a national holiday in India. However, government offices, schools and colleges function for 2-3 hours to celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. The national flag is unfurled in the premises, followed by the singing of the national anthem, nationalistic songs and dance performance of children on patriotic numbers.

History of Independence Day
The British Government wanted to end its rule in India in June 1948. But, due to the huge loss of capital and revenue, it was rescheduled by a year to 1947. After Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech on the midnight of 14th August 1947, India was a free nation.

After 74 years of its freedom, India still remembers its fighters and pays a tribute to the young people who fought then. Young people build the nation for a better tomorrow. Today, India is the second-largest country with a large and young labour force.

According to Morgan Stanley, India’s millennial working-age group aged between 18 and 35 years is larger than China’s.

Adding to this number, children will further add to the working group when they get the right amount of education that will direct them to reach their goals. In order to encourage more children to study and complete their education, the Government of India initiated the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. According to this programme, free meals would be provided to all the children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. India runs the largest mid-day meal programme and many NGOs in India implement the Mid-Day Meal Programme.

In order to improve the nutritional status of children, The Akshaya Patra Foundation started feeding school meals to children and is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. Akshaya Patra is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme feeding unlimited school meals for education to children who hail from challenging socio-economic backgrounds.

But, schools are not open yet. Then what is Akshaya Patra doing now?
In the time of the pandemic, since schools haven’t re-opened yet, Akshaya Patra began its COVID-19 relief services on 25th March 2020 to feed the migrant communities in India. Along with providing freshly cooked meals and grocery kits to the needy people, Akshaya Patra is distributing Happiness Box to all its beneficiary students who would have otherwise attended school regularly.

This Independence Day, don’t let the virus take away your festive spirit. Whether the virus stays or not, our patriotism persists. Help children feel the freedom of education even amidst the ongoing crisis. Provide Happiness Box to them to support their nutrition, immunity, hygiene and education. Only if children get the right nutrition, they will grow up to become healthy young adults and make their presence felt in this world.

Support the youngsters of tomorrow grow from childhood to adulthood in a healthy manner. Donate Happiness Boxes now!

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Raksha Bandhan Strengthens the Bond of Protection

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Raksha Bandhan is a Sanskrit word where ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ means relationship. It is an age-old tradition that is observed in India to celebrate the strong bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, a sister ties an amulet called ‘rakhi’ on the wrist of her brother’s wrist as a symbol of seeking protection and care. These days, sisters also take up the role of a protective brother, truly making this day a celebration of sibling-bond.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month – Shraavana. This year, it will be celebrated in India on 3rd August. There are many stories behind the reason for celebrating this day. All the stories strongly iterate only one promise – the promise to protect.

Story of Draupadi and Krishna
This story dates back to the epic Mahabharata. On one Makar Sankranti, Krishna was cutting sugarcane when he accidentally cut his finger. His wife, Rukmini, sent an official to get first aid. In the meantime, Draupadi reacting with her quick instincts, tore a bit of her saree and tied his cut finger to reduce the bleeding. Krishna promised in return, to help her when she was in need.

The story of Yama and Yamuna
According to one legend, Yamuna (a river in India) tied a rakhi to the Lord of death – Yama, who in turn granted her immortality. Yama was so moved by this gesture that he declared that any brother who has a rakhi tied by his sister and has offered protection in return, will also become immortal.

Story of Karnavati and Humayun
Another famous version of the history of this festival is that of Karnavati and Emperor Humayun. After defeating Vikramjeet once, Bahadur Shah of Gujarat attacked Mewar for the second time while the Queen Karnavati started seeking for support from other kingdoms. In the meantime, she sent a rakhi and wrote a letter to Emperor Humayan in the hope of support to protect her kingdom. Respecting the thread that Karnavati had sent, Humayun immediately sent his army to protect her.

Raksha Bandhan is a promise of protecting each other from all troubles and bringing security. Children need our support the most. They need protection in the form of food, shelter, clothes and education. There are many Indian NGOs that work towards securing the future of children.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO that supports children hailing from economically-challenged sections of the society, by feeding them with unlimited food for education. The Foundation is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme and feeds 1.8 million children every single day. It serves mid-day meals to children studying in 19,039 Government and Government-aided schools spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

This Raksha Bandhan, secure the present and future of children by providing them regular school meals and education. Your support will make this special day even more meaningful. 

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Redefine Your Friendship Goals on this Friendship Day!

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Friendship Day is celebrated across the globe on different days to encourage global bonding. Most of us celebrate it on the first Sunday of August. It is celebrated in India this year on 2nd August. This is the day when one can see teenagers and children adorning their hands with colourful bands, as a mark of celebrating a promise to each other – a promise of long-lasting friendship.

Friendship Day holds a special place in everyone’s heart. It is the one day we dedicate to our friends because of the special place they hold in our lives.

Friendships mature according to our age; but as children, it is all about sharing likes or dislikes and being with each other always.

83% of children regularly spend time with close friends in schools

Schools are a place where long-lasting friendships are made. Here is a story of two children who grew up in each other’s company and go to the same school in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Atul is a small boy studying in CPS Gujarati Medium – Kalol, Ahmedabad. His mother runs a tea stall and he does not know the whereabouts of his father. His mother was not making enough money to feed five empty stomachs daily. One day, he decided to lend a helping hand to his mother; he started seeking alms in a nearby temple without his mother’s knowledge. He sat next to another young boy named Deepak, who sat with his mother, tugging at people’s clothes to grab attention. Both of them spoke about their difficult situations. Their helpless circumstances brought them together and they are inseparable since then.

One day, Atul came running to his mother who seemed to be discussing at length with Deepak’s mother about something extremely important. All he could hear was about free food. All students in CPS Gujarati Medium School were served free meals, and they both were soon going to be a part of it too. From then onwards, they go to school daily and share everything they have – starting from clothes, books, food, etc.

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Atul says, “I come to school regularly because I get to eat,” and Deepak nods his head in agreement.

Between million reasons to cry, these friends have a million reasons to be happy and one is for the mid-day meals served by Akshaya Patra. On this Friendship Day, celebrate friendship that has helped you surpass difficult times and donate in the hope that many such friendships surface through the medium of food.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that feeds mid-day meals to children studying in Government and Government-assisted schools. With your online donations, you become the medium for children to socialise and make friends while they savour their daily school meals.
This Friendship Day, tie a virtual friendship band with your support.

Reminisce your friendship on this Friendship Day! Celebrate with Akshaya Patra

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How is World Environment Day Celebrated Across the World?

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5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day every year since 1972. With this year’s theme – Time for Nature, you can give back to the environment with your donation towards children’s mid-day meals. How? With every meal preparation, there is some amount of electricity and gas that is saved. Akshaya Patra serves meals to 1.8 million children every day. So, imagine how much you will be able to save with your donation towards Akshaya Patra!

With recent times being difficult for planet Earth, celebrating World Environment Day to raise awareness about how to take care of our surroundings and our fellow Earthlings is very important and urgent. On 5th June every year, World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. According to United Nations, this year’s theme is, ‘Time for Nature’ with a focus on supporting life on Earth and human development.

Over 100 countries celebrate World Environment Day since 1972 when 5th June was decided as World Environment Day. Though the theme changes every year, from sustainable consumption to the illegal trade in wildlife, millions of people have taken part every year to sow the seeds of change.

In these exceptional times where nature is sending us a message, we must care for nature while we take care for ourselves.

The environment we live in, is a part of our lives; every individual’s actions have significant impact on the environment.

As a part of giving back to the environment, many NGOs in India have come forward to start tree plantation drives, cleaning of surroundings, rescuing and treating injured animals, cleaning up the city’s beaches, curbing environmental pollution, etc.

To do its best in saving the planet and the society, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has adopted eco-friendly methods in its day-to-day operations of serving mid-day meals. The Foundation makes use of the following:

Bio Gas Plants
Nothing really goes for a waste at Akshaya Patra kitchens. The bio gas plants use waste food and vegetable wastes to convert them into gas for fuelling the burners for cooking stoves used in preparing the meals. This process helps in converting enormous amounts of wastes into green fuel.

Akshaya Patra kitchens at Ballari, H.K. Hill, Nathdwara, Lucknow, Vrindavan, Narsingi, Kandi, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Surat, Silvassa, Vadodara and Bhuj, use bio gas plants.

These plants also produce large volumes of enriched organic manure that act as a supplement for chemical fertilizers.

Solar Panels
Solar panels are installed in kitchens to reduce dependency on the consumption of grid electricity. This directly helps in conservation of natural resources used for generating electrical power.

Solar panels are installed in Hubbali, Ballari, Mangalagiri, Jigani, V.K. Hill, Udaipur, Ajmer, Nathdwara, Jaipur, Lucknow, Vrindavan, Narsingi, Kandi, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Surat, Silvassa and Vadodara.

Along with the above initiatives, other eco-friendly technologies like ReFlex Reverse Osmosys System, effluent treatment plants, Reed bed plants are also adopted in different Akshaya Patra kitchens.

How can you act on this World Environment Day?
As an individual, you can plant more trees, use re-usable or cloth bags, use renewable energies wherever possible, as an act of giving back to nature. When you donate to NGO’s like Akshaya Patra, you can water two plants with one hose; you are giving back to nature by supporting its eco-friendly initiatives and also giving back to the society by taking care of the next generation.

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