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Generous Supporters of Akshaya Patra During COVID-19 Crisis

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Thousands of employees are staying at homes and fulfilling their duties as responsible citizens to flatten the curve. While we do so, there are NGOs who have come forward to help fellow citizens who are struggling for something as basic as food – these are the people from the migrant communities.

With the harsh blow struck by the Corona disaster, millions of migrant workers and labourers had to deal with reduced or loss of income, food shortages and job insecurity.

According to World Economic Forum, there are over 139 million migrants in the country.

And to help them, The Akshaya Patra Foundation commenced its COVID Relief Service on 25th March 2020. By adhering to all safety and hygiene measures, it serves meals and distributes grocery kits to low-income and marginalised sections of the society that comprises of daily-wage earners, migrants, labourers, construction-site workers, needy people at old-age homes and night shelters.

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Every citizen is coming forward to do their bit to help people in distress due to the COVID disaster. With constant support from various State Governments & District Administrations, donors and volunteers, the Foundation has extended its relief operations to reach a total of 19 States of India.

Because of this generous support, Akshaya Patra has been able to serve a cumulative of 5,61,17,791 meals thus far.

Cooked meals are distributed on a daily basis to ensure that every individual is fed and does not have to stay hungry. Essential grocery kits are distributed every day to help migrants and their families survive during this testing time. Each grocery kit contains rice, pulses, oil, spices and vegetables that can serve 2 people with 42 meals for 21 days.

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With the help of these donors and supporters, Akshaya Patra has equipped itself in providing food relief materials to the needy.

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The entire Foundation wholeheartedly thanks each and every one who stepped in to support the COVID-19 food relief service. There are million more people who are still in need of food relief amidst the chaos. We can reach out to them only with support from generous people like you.

Click here to play an important role in feeding people from migrant communities.

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Eminent Celebrities Support our COVID Relief Efforts

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In the crisis caused by the COVID disaster, the virus seems to have brought forth the goodness in every human being. Many individuals have come forward to do their bit to help people who are affected during the crisis. All across the nation, you can see people providing meals to the lower-income sections from their residences, donating money towards distributing relief kits for the affected people, helping the front-line workers with PPE kits, etc.

Apart from individuals coming forward to help the marginalised sections, many NGO’s in India have extended their services to provide them with relief during the COVID-19 crisis. The Akshaya Patra Foundation began its COVID-19 Relief Services from 25th March 2020. The Foundation has served a cumulative of over 6-crore meals to people belonging to backward sections of the society. It has consistently worked towards serving cooked meals & distributing grocery kits for the last 80 days and will continue to do so throughout the lockdown period.

Many eminent personalities have taken to social media for appreciating Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief efforts. Here is what each one has to say.

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Manish Sisodia - Deputy Chief Minister of DelhiTestimonial_Sanjeev Kapoor – Indian ChefTestimonial_Anil Swarup - Indian author

Testimonial_Captain Manivannan – IAS Officer, Karnataka

Testimonial_Debjani Ghosh – Researcher

Testimonial_Dr. Sumita Misra –IAS Principal Secretary Department of Tourism, Haryana

Testimonial_Himanta Biswa Sarma – MLA, Assam

Testimonial_Hrithik Roshan – Bollywood Actor

Testimonial_Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - Chairperson of Biocon

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Testimonial_Ram Sampath – Indian Composer

Testimonial_Ravi Shankar Prasad - Minister of Law and Justice of India

Testimonial_Shashi Tharoor – MP, Lok Sabha

Other celebrities who have supported Akshaya Patra in their relief efforts

Actress Raveena Tandon created a campaign to support #KnowHungerNoHunger on World Hunger Day

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The Department of South-western Railways, Karnataka, appreciated Akshaya Patra’s efforts to feed Shramik passengers during the COVID-19 crisis

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Australian pacer, Brett Lee appreciates Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 relief services

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Bollywood actress, Vidya Balan raised funds with Akshaya Patra during the COVID-19 crisis

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Indian singer, Sona Mohapatra supported Akshaya Patra by creating a fundraising campaign

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With support from these prominent personalities who are appreciating the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Services, there is hope for feeding million more people with meals and essential kits.

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Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Food Relief Services in India

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As in the past, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has once again come forward to support the needy during a crisis hour, and this time for a totally unforeseen one – the COVID-19 Pandemic. Working in coordination with the Government of India, State Governments and Local Administrations, and in association with Volunteers and Donors, Akshaya Patra began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service on 25 March 2020.

In this hour of need, when the nation is under lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Akshaya Patra is aiding the Government’s effort by serving cooked meals and distributing grocery kits to low-income and marginalised population of the society comprising of migrant labourers, daily wage workers, construction site workers, and needy people in old age homes and night shelters.

As on 13 Aug 2020, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has served 2,84,92,715 cooked meals and distributed 7,69,668 dry grocery kits across Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab, Tripura, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Here is a weekly glimpse of Akshaya Patra’s relief work in various locations across India.

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Akshaya Patra is thankful to all the supporters and volunteers.

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Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service across India

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation always stands up for the needy by providing its relief services during crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic struck the globe, the NGO stepped up to provide relief services to the needy in India. The Foundation is providing cooked meals and dry grocery kits to the migrant labourers, daily wage workers, construction site workers, and needy people in old age homes and night shelters. In close association with the Government of India, State Governments and Local Administrations, and support from Volunteers and Donors, Akshaya Patra began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service on 25 March 2020.

During this lockdown period, Akshaya Patra has served 2,43,85,295 cooked meals and distributed 6,81,423 grocery kits as on 14 June 2020. The relief service activities are carried out with great precaution and safety measures in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab and Tripura.

Here are some clippings to provide you an overview of Akshaya Patra’s tireless service during the unprecedented crisis.

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1. Akshaya Patra reaches the 3 crore mark in COVID-19 relief services


2. Akshaya Patra serves 30,000 migrants in Delhi during COVID-19 crisis

3. Akshaya Patra helps the needy during the Corona crisis

4. Akshaya Patra Delivers Meal Boxes to the Needy During the Corona Crisis

5. Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Operations in Jaipur

6. Hope In A Box – Akshaya Patra Relief Services

7. Akshaya Patra COVID-19 Relief Service

8. Shridhar Venkat speaks on World Health Day

9. COVID-19 Relief Services by Akshaya Patra

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10. Akshaya Patra serves 5 crore meals during its COVID-19 relief service

Be a part of Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service and provide food to thousands of needy

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Akshaya Patra Commences COVID-19 relief services!

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation has gone beyond its call of duty and is supporting for more than its cause of ‘Food for Education.’ Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic, Akshaya Patra began providing food and grocery kits to the people in need; this includes daily-wage labourers, old age homes and marginally poor population across several locations in India.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has begun its COVID-19 relief services by providing healthy, cooked meals and dry ration kits to thousands of people by co-ordinating with various State Governments & District Administration.

Safety and hygiene measures are adhered to while serving cooked food and while distributing dry grocery kits to the needy in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Tripura. As on 13 May 2020, a total of 1,78,17,671 cooked meals and 5,66,400 dry grocery kits were distributed.

Akshaya Patra’s on-going relief activities:

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Akshaya Patra continues to serve cooked meals and dry grocery kits across all its relief service locations.

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Akshaya Patra has begun serving in Uttarakhand while continuing to serve in other locations.

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Akshaya Patra has begun serving in Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh while continuing to serve in other locations.

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Akshaya Patra has intensified its relief service across all locations.

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Akshaya Patra has begun relief service in Assam too while continuing to serve other locations.

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Akshaya Patra has begun relief service in Andhra Pradesh too while continuing to provide cooked meals and grocery kits in other locations.

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Akshaya Patra is continuing its effort to maximising its reach so that more needy people can be supported during this crisis.

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By the day, as the COVID-19 crisis is intensifying, Akshaya Patra is also increasing its reach of relief service.

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Akshaya Patra enters the second week of its relief service.

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Akshaya Patra began its relief service in three more states.

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The aim is to ensure the needy receives the much-needed food each day.

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Akshaya Patra is tirelessly working to reach out to more and more needy people to provide food relief during these tough times.

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As the lockdown got stricter, groceries seemed to be the need of the hour too. Hence, Akshaya Patra stepped up to provide dry grocery kits (contains rice, dal, oil, and vegetables) along with continuing to serve cooked meals.

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It was about serving more and more needy people.

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The Foundation extended its relief service to other locations.
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Akshaya Patra began its relief service from Jaipur in Rajasthan by providing 16,000 cooked meals to the needy.

Supporting each other is the need of the hour
Many State Agencies, District Authorities and citizens have come forward to show their support during this unforeseen crisis situation. You too can make a difference by donating to Akshaya Patra’s Corona Relief Service. Every penny of your donation towards Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service will help the Foundation to:
• Provide cooked meals and dry grocery kits to daily wage workers, migrant labourers, and the low-income and marginalised section.
• Expand the relief operations to serve many more needy people at this hour of great crisis.

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Support generously. It’s for the well-being of the people of our own country.

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Strong Immunity – A way to fight Coronavirus COVID-19

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Health and hygiene are given utmost weightage at this hour. On following certain precautionary and safety methods, you can stand a chance of keeping the virus at bay. The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds freshly cooked, hygienic meals to 18,00,907 children studying in 19,039 Government and schools located in 52 locations of 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

There has been a lot of flurry of articles, news, social media posts, memes and blogs about the virus – Coronavirus that has been doing the rounds on digital media. The whole world is enveloped in fear. Theatres, movies, retail shops, offices, restaurants are on a hiatus and people are working from home with the same fear of contracting the virus.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID-19 is a disease caused by a family of coronavirus which causes respiratory illnesses such as cough, fever and severe cases of difficulty in breathing. It spreads easily by contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. The virus was first found in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

It spreads majorly when an infected person comes in contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It spreads when a person touches the surface of an object that has the virus on it, then later touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The Corona symptoms are not very dominant in an infected person. They are mild and gradually develop the below symptoms:
• Cough
• Fever
• Tiredness
• Difficulty in breathing
Some may also have nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, body pain or diarrhoea.

Safety measure & preventive methods
The best method to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus mainly spreads when the respiratory droplets of an infected or person reaches the mouths or noses of the nearby people.

How can you protect yourself from the virus?
Maintain hygiene and cleanliness – Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Sanitize them with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Avoid touching the ‘T-zone’ of your face.
Maintain at least 3 feet distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Cover your mouth and nose – Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.  You can also sneeze or cough with your bent elbow to cover any droplets spreading to others.
Stay home if you are unwell. If you have slight fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
Keep yourself updated on the latest COVID-19 hotspots in your locality and avoid traveling.

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Along with following the above precautions, it also helps to stay away from viruses in general if you have a good immunity.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO that is following all the rules directed by the Indian Government to keep the infections at bay. It is an NGO that works towards feeding healthy and nutritious food to school children. The wholesome meals consumed by children as a part of the Mid-Day Meal Programme helps in boosting their immunity. Freshly prepared, nutrient-rich meals also help them to focus and concentrate better in class.

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At this time of the hour, you can help in boosting the immunity of children with your donation. Your generous donation will go a long way in benefitting children with health and nutrition. Join Akshaya Patra to take the first few steps towards a progressive nation where children are ambitious, healthy and resourceful.

Make these little children a part of your circle, help us to nourish and nurture them.

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North Karnataka Needs Your Help

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North Karnataka is hit with very heavy rains and has flooded many places. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Hubballi-Dharwad is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in 48 ‘Ganji-Kendras’ (temporary shelters) for more than 16,000 people who are affected by the floods in Dharwad district.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation had stepped in to provide food to flood affected people in North Karnataka-Dharwad district.
Location of relief work: Dharwad
Relief activity period: 6 Aug 2019 – 17 Aug 2019
Number of meals served: 2,19,736 meals
Meal menu: Upma, rice, sambhar, kesaribath, pulao, dal, bisibelebath, wheat sweet, and pickle.
Status of relief work: Completed

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Akshaya Patra’s Works During Natural Disasters
Whenever a place is hit by natural disasters like flood or earthquake – within the country or across the borders, Akshaya Patra is always present to provide relief to the affected-people by providing food. Here is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s past relief activities:

Assam Flood Relief
Activity period: 17 July 2019 to 3 August 2019
Location of relief work: Several relief camps in Kamrup district
Total meals served: 52,880

Odisha Cyclone Relief
Activity period: 15 May 2019 to 6 June 2019
Location of relief work: Brahmagiri, Satar, Kanas, Gok, and Satyabadi
Total meals served: 1,00,000

Kerala Flood Relief
Activity Period: 13 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
Total Meals Served: More than 1 lakh

Chennai Flood Relief
Activity Period: 8 December 2015 to 25 December 2015
Total Rice-based Meals Served: 2,12,000

Gorakhpur Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 August 2017 to 8 September 2017

Nepal Earthquake Relief
Akshaya Patra airlifted 1,00,000 meals to earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. It also established a centralized kitchen in June 2015 to support the affected people of the region. The Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project was a joint initiative undertaken by Akshaya Patra, Jamsetji Tata Trust, and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha. The kitchen served 1.4 million meals to the affected people for 88 days.

Gujarat Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
Total Theplas Served: 4,00,000
Areas Covered: Banaskantha District (North Gujarat), Kalol, and Ahmedabad regions.

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Red Alert Situation In Assam

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As many as 4,157 villages across 30 districts of total 33 districts in the state have been submerged. Approximately, 43-lakh people have been affected by the nature’s fury along with inundating 95% of Kaziranga National Park. (NDTV, 16 July 2019).

The Assam Government issued a red alert on 15 July 2019 as the flood situation turned extremely critical with water level rising every hour. This merciless flood has severely affected people, wildlife, infrastructure, and livelihood of the entire state. In this crisis situation, the people of Assam are seeking for your help.

Akshaya Patra’s relief service has begun
The Akshaya Patra Foundation has stepped in to provide food to affected people in Assam from its kitchen in Guwahati. To begin with, the Foundation will provide meals twice a day to approximately 700 people staying in a relief camp in Athgaon area of Kamrup district.

Location of relief work: Athgaon (Kamrup District)
Relief work updates: Akshaya Patra began serving cooked meals from 17 July 2019.
Number of meals served so far: 52,880 meals
Day-wise feeding:
17th July: 1,700 meals (1,000 lunch & 700 dinner)
18th July: 1,200 meals (700 lunch & 500 dinner)
19th July: 2,900 meals (1,500 lunch & 1,400 dinner)
20th July: 3,200 meals (1,300 lunch & 1,900 dinner)
21st July: 2,900 meals (1,900 lunch & 1,000 dinner)
22nd July: 3,200 meals (1,900 lunch & 1,300 dinner)
23rd July: 3,600 meals (1,700 lunch & 1,800 dinner)
24th July: 3,500 meals (1,750 lunch & 1,750 dinner)
25th July: 5,040 meals (2,000 lunch & 3,040 dinner)
26th July: 6,280 meals (3,040 lunch & 3,240 dinner
27th July: 5,930 meals (3,240 lunch & 2,690 dinner)
28th July: 5,500 meals (2,750 lunch & 2,750 dinner)
29th July: 4,580 meals (2,520 lunch & 2,060 dinner)
30th July: 1,150 meals (690 lunch & 460 dinner)
31st July: 760 meals (450 lunch & 310 dinner)
1st August: 460 meals (460 lunch)
2nd August: 490 meals (490 lunch)
3rd August: 490 meals (490 lunch)

Type of meals served: Rice, vegetable pulao, kabuli chana, and mixed vegetable dal for lunch;and khichdi and labra sabji for dinner.

Period of relief work: 17 July 2019 to 3 August 2019.

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Food being transported to flood-affected area.

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Akshaya Patra’s Proactiveness During Natural Disasters
Whenever a place is hit by natural disasters like flood or earthquake – within the country or across the borders, Akshaya Patra is always present to provide relief to the affected-people by providing food. Here is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s past relief activities:

Odisha Cyclone Relief
Activity period: 15 May 2019 to 6 June 2019
Location of relief work: Brahmagiri, Satar, Kanas, Gok, and Satyabadi
Total meals served: 1,00,000

Kerala Flood Relief
Activity Period: 13 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
Total Meals Served: More than 1 lakh

Chennai Flood Relief
Activity Period: 8 December 2015 to 25 December 2015
Total Rice-based Meals Served: 2,12,000

Gorakhpur Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 August 2017 to 8 September 2017
Total Rice-based Meals Served: 84,200
Total Theplas Served: 1,92,000

Nepal Earthquake Relief
Akshaya Patra airlifted 1,00,000 meals to earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. It also established a centralized kitchen in June 2015 to support the affected people of the region. The Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project was a joint initiative undertaken by Akshaya Patra, Jamsetji Tata Trust, and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha. The kitchen served 1.4 million meals to the affected people for 88 days.

Gujarat Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
Total Theplas Served: 4,00,000
Areas Covered: Banaskantha District (North Gujarat), Kalol, and Ahmedabad regions.

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Akshaya Patra Serving Food To Cyclone-Hit People In Odisha

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Fani, one of the strongest and rarest cyclones in the Bay of Bengal hit eastern India on 3 May 2019 affecting Odisha the most. Heed to early warnings, effective disaster management strategy, and quick response indeed curbed the extent of damage. An estimated 1.2 million people were evacuated from the coastal areas in Odisha keeping loss of life and number of affected people to a minimum. Yet, the high velocity winds of 175 kmph coupled with heavy rainfall left the region in a state of destruction damaging infrastructure, power supply lines and uprooting innumerable trees. The aftermath of the merciless cyclone Fani was witnessed in Akshaya Patra’s Puri kitchen too.

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It’s time now to recover from the damage caused by the cyclone. Akshaya Patra has stepped in the relief work by providing cooked meals to cyclone-affected people of Odisha. The Foundation is providing these meals from its kitchen in Bhubaneswar.

Location of relief work: Brahmagiri, Satar, Kanas, Satyabadi, Puri and other 130 locations.
Start date of relief work: 15 May 2019
Total Meals Served: 56,250 meals 
Meal menu: Rice, dal, and khatta (a tomato-based chutney).

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Know more: https://www.akshayapatra.org/photo-gallery/akshaya-patras-relief-operations-in-cyclone-hit-odisha

Rebuilding Puri kitchen
Cyclone Fani has caused huge infrastructural damage to Akshaya Patra’s Puri kitchen. This centralised kitchen serves nutritious school meals every day to 46,904 children studying in 598 Government schools. Hence, the Foundation looks forward to making the Puri kitchen operational at the earliest so that it can restart providing the much-needed school meals to children.

Akshaya Patra’s Past Disaster Relief Activities
The core cause of Akshaya Patra is to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. However, Akshaya Patra is always actively involved in disaster relief services by providing food to affected people. Here is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s past relief activities:

Kerala Flood Relief
Activity Period: 13 August 2018 to 30 September 2018
Total Meals Served: More than 1 lakh

Chennai Flood Relief
Activity Period: 8 December 2015 to 25 December 2015
Total Rice-based Meals Served: 2,12,000

Gorakhpur Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 August 2017 to 8 September 2017
Total Rice-based Meals Served: 84,200
Total Theplas Served: 1,92,000

Nepal Earthquake Relief
Akshaya Patra airlifted 1,00,000 meals to earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. It also established a centralized kitchen in June 2015 to support the affected people of the region. The Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project was a joint initiative undertaken by Akshaya Patra, Jamsetji Tata Trust, and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha. The kitchen served 1.4 million meals to the affected people for 88 days.

Gujarat Flood Relief
Activity Period: 25 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
Total Theplas Served: 4,00,000
Areas Covered: Banaskantha District (North Gujarat), Kalol, and Ahmedabad regions.

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Join in the relief operations by donating to Akshaya Patra. Your donation will be extremely helpful in providing food to cyclone-affected people in Odisha and in rebuilding the kitchen in Puri.

 

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Akshaya Patra serving food to flood-affected people in Kerala

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At the moment, Kerala is reeling under its worst flood since 1924. The torrential rains and landslides that hit the state of Kerala has ravaged the entire state since 8 August 2018, submerging many cities and villages thereby crippling normal life and services. Reportedly, around 10 districts have been severely affected and the entire state has been put under high alert. While the state is receiving help from the entire nation to deal with this unprecedented crisis, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has also stepped in actively in the relief work by providing cooked meals in flood-affected areas.

Know more: www.akshayapatra.org/news/akshaya-patra-distributes-food-for-people-at-kuttanad

More images from the scene: www.akshayapatra.org/photo-gallery/akshaya-patras-flood-relief-service-in-kerala

Relief work by Akshaya Patra

Location of relief work: Alleppey and Chengannur
Relief team: A team of 27 Akshaya Patra employees along with four distribution vehicles and ingredients to cook 25,000 meals had departed from Bengaluru as an immediate relief response. Everyday, additional ingredients including chapatis, drinking water are being sent from Bengaluru to support the operations at Alleppey.

Relief work updates: Akshaya Patra began serving cooked meals from 13 August 2018.

15 August 2018 – Shri S. Suhas, District Collector of Allapuzha came to visit the makeshift kitchen from where Akshaya Patra is preparing and distributing food to people.

District Collector of Allapuzha

On 18 August 2018, Akshaya Patra dispatched three trucks from Bengaluru loaded with food packets and water bottles to Kerala. The NGO dispatched:

• More than 77,000 chapatis,
730 packs of fruit bread,
10, 872 water bottles (500 ml each), and
5,400 water bottles (1 litre each).

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20 August 2018 – Additional cooking equipment such as stoves, vegetable cutting machines along with groceries were delivered to Kerala relief team to scale up operations.

25 August 2018 – To mark the tradition of Kerala, Akshaya Patra served Onam special dishes including rice, sambar, palya, and sweet pongal.

28 August 2018 – Shri Kodikkunnil Suresh, MP, visited Akshaya Patra’s makeshift kitchen at the Narasimha Temple in Chengannur.

29 August 2018 – AIKYA volunteers have begun the cleaning up process in government schools and beaches in the flood-affected Alleppey district. AIKYA is the volunteering wing of Akshaya Patra.

Number of meals served:
Akshaya Patra is serving approximately 7,000 – 10,000 meals on a daily basis to the affected people inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is being prepared at two makeshift kitchens – Alleppey and Chengannur.

Serving the meals

So far, Akshaya Patra has served more than 2-lakh meals in the Alapuzha region.

Type of meals served: Most of the dishes are prepared in coconut oil to suit the local palate. Dishes like boiled rice and sambar, vegetable pulao, tomato rice, upma, chapati and curry are served in the affected district.

Delivery of meals: Akshaya Patra team with the help of four distribution vehicles are delivering meals to the affected people of Alapuzha.

Food delivery van

In areas where vehicles can steer through, cooked food is being delivered to people in Akshaya Patra delivery vans.

Reaching through water

The areas where the rising water level has restricted vehicle movement, food is being transported in boats.

Akshaya Patra relief center

Some people also come to the temporary kitchen arrangement to get their meals.

Status of the relief work: On-going

The feeding cost of the relief efforts amounts to Rs. 3-lakh per day. We request your generous support in helping us reach out to more survivors.

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Reinstating Homes and Government Schools

As the flood water is receding, Akshaya Patra has begun reinstating homes and government schools with the support of Youth Volunteers from 28 August 2018. The first batch of 25 volunteers have left for Edathua Village, Alleppey followed by another batch for Thakazhi Village with all necessary equipment’s like pressure gun, mask, gloves, safety shoes, wiper, mop, soap solution, bleaching powder etc.

Bags distribution

Akshaya Patra also intends to provide education material to children of this region. The Foundation has already received the first request from Angamaly District MLA for 6,000 school bags, 57,000 note books and 6,000 instrument boxes to distribute to the school children in the flood affected areas.

We request your kind financial support for distributing school bags, notebooks, instrument boxes, cleaning equipment and materials, and restoring school building including blackboards, electrical and other fittings. Your generous support will go a long way in bringing back flood-affected families back to their homes and children to schools.

Read about: Akshaya Patra’s relief effort in Coorg


Akshaya Patra’s Proactiveness During Natural Disasters

Whenever a place is hit by natural disasters like flood or earthquake – within the country or across the borders, Akshaya Patra is always present to provide relief to the affected-people by providing food. Here is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s past relief activities:

Gorakhpur Flood Relief

Activity Period: 25th August 2017 to 8th September 2017
Total Rice Based Meals Served: 84,200
Total Theplas Served: 1,92,000

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Gujarat Flood Relief

Activity Period: 25th July, 2017 to 30th July, 2017
Total Theplas Served: 4,00,000
Areas Covered: Banaskantha District (North Gujarat), Kalol and Ahmedabad regions.

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Chennai Flood Relief

Activity Period: 8th December 2015 to 25th December 2015
Total Rice Based Meals Served: 2,12,000

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Nepal Earthquake Relief

Akshaya Patra airlifted 1,00,000 meals to earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. It also established a centralized kitchen in June 2015 to support the affected people of the region. The Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project was a joint initiative undertaken by Akshaya Patra, Jamsetji Tata Trust, and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha. The kitchen served 1.4 million meals to the affected people for 88 days. Click here to know more.

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