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23 years of giving children nutrition for education

akshaya patra turns 23

Akshaya Patra, an NGO in India, started its journey in 2000 by feeding 1,500 children in five government schools in Bengaluru. Since then, we have been working dedicatedly to better the lives of children. At present, we are serving over 2 million children across 15 states and 2 Union Territories. Our vision is that ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. So far, we have served over 3.3 billion meals since inception. By adhering to the local palette, we satisfy the food preferences of our beneficiaries and provide nutritious meals without compromising on quality.

As an implementing partner of the Government of India’s PM POSHAN Abhiyaan (formerly known as Mid-Day Meal Programme), we strive to address the critical issues of classroom hunger and malnutrition among schoolchildren by providing nutritious meals in schools.

23 years of serving happiness

At this juncture of celebrating our 23rd anniversary, we are aware that there is more work to be done to ensure proper nutrition for many more children across the country. Throughout a network of 67 kitchens (65 centralised and 2 decentralised), we are serving meals to millions of children on a daily basis and are supporting their education and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. When children receive nutrient-rich food, it will improve their physical, mental and social well-being. The power of nutrition gives them the energy to concentrate on their class and perform well in academics. Thus, programme helps in reducing the socio-economic disparities in accessing good food and quality education.

Throughout this journey, we have been adhering to the governance principles, including transparency and accountability. In recognition of our commitment to the work, we have received numerous awards, including, the ‘Gold Shield for ‘Excellence in Financial Reporting’ by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for seven consecutive years. We have also conferred with the Gandhian Peace Prize in 2016 for the contribution to bridge the socio-economic gap by providing mid-day meals in schools. In 2006, Harvard Business School chose Akshaya Patra as a case study and stated that the organisation’s centralised kitchen model is the best to feed a large number of children. All these accolades are a testament to our efforts to guarantee every child has an equal opportunity to create a brighter future.

In addition to providing meals to schoolchildren, we also run other community development programmes like feeding homeless mothers in Vrindavan, pregnant and lactating mothers and children in Anganwadi centres in India. The objective of all these programmes is to ensure proper nutrition for everyone who is at higher risk of health complications due to their financial limitations. During times of disasters, we were always at the forefront, providing humanitarian relief by providing food aid to the affected and vulnerable communities and thus supporting them to overcome the challenges of times.

We still have a long way to go to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry. Our mission is to feed 3 million by 2025 and we are committed to work relentlessly to maximise the impact of the MDM scheme.

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Celebrate this Friendship Day by feeding children

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There is an English saying, ‘Blood is thicker than water’ expressing how family links are stronger than any other bonds. But friends are like brothers and sisters from different mothers. They will stand with you throughout your life and celebrate your victories as their own. To honour this beautiful relationship, India started celebrating Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. This year, it falls on 6th August.

Good friends are necessary to have a happy life. With them, we share our joys, sorrows, and worries and ask for advice to solve the problems that we face in life. From getting a second opinion on a dress to seeking advice to deal with the challenges of life, we run to our friends. It’s not that we are unable to make decisions. Sometimes we may not be able to comprehend the problem alone, and so we need the help of someone whom we can trust. Friends are trustworthy people who actively listen to you and will not judge you. They will listen to you patiently, validate your feelings, point out your mistakes and support you to become the best version of yourself. When you go through the tough currents of life, they will encourage you to sail courageously and will stand like a guiding star, nurturing hope about positive endings.

The bond between friends cannot be broken by distance, time or anything else because friendship is formed on the foundation of love. Your friend doesn’t need to have similar views and opinions. There will be disagreements but that will never crack friendship. Instead, it gives us the ability to view matters from different perspectives.

School- An environment for nurturing friendships

Friendship during childhood is the purest form of friendship since children are open and receptive to everyone without being judgmental. So, making friends in that stage is much simpler. For many people, childhood friends are their only true companions in life. School is an environment for childhood friendship. So, schooling is important for every child not only because it educates them but also helps them to develop social skills which are essential to connect with people. Interacting with classmates will slowly turn into a strong friendship which in turn boosts the happiness and general well-being of children. Schools provide children with an environment for psycho-social development that makes them competent enough to face the future.

Akshaya Patra: A true companion of children

Just as a friend shows companionship in one’s life, Akshaya Patra is striving to be the best companion for schoolchildren by addressing all the challenges they face while pursuing their dreams. As an NGO for children, we understand the importance of nutrition in the physical, mental and cognitive development of a child. Under the Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Programme (PM POSHAN Abhiyaan), we ensure that children in government and government-aided schools receive hot, tasty and nutritious meals throughout their academic year. Currently, our 67 kitchens all over India are feeding over 2 million children per day.

Akshaya Patra encourages children on their quest to achieve a good position in life, standing by their side like a best friend. Our mission is to become the best companion for 3 million children by 2023 by feeding them healthy meals.

Usually, Friendship Day is celebrated by tying vibrant bands on the wrists of friends as a symbol of their unbreakable bond. In this current digital age, there are many more options for celebrating this special day, like sharing a picture with a note about your best friend on social media, using tags, comments and sending digital cards.

This year, try something new by contributing to feeding the children in school, who are learning and growing together.

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Clean Slate Carnival: A Drive to Welcome Children Back to School

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Schools are about to reopen after summer vacation and it is time for the children to come back to school and learn. The empty corridors will soon be filled with hustle and bustle of the children. As for The Akshaya Patra Foundation, we will be resuming our journey of feeding children with hot, tasty and nutritious meals, which will improve their health and keep them focused on studies.

Going beyond the school feeding programme, this year we thought of doing something different to welcome children back to school. So, we initiated the ‘Clean Slate Carnival’, a pilot project for revamping the schools in collaboration with our corporate partners – Cargill, LSEG, Swiss Re and Happiest Minds. We shortlisted 18 government schools across Bengaluru for the project. The goal was to get these schools ready to welcome children for the new academic year by cleaning the entire premises and painting the blackboard and walls wherever necessary.

The project was completed in 10 days with the help of 500 volunteers who took up all the tasks with great energy and enthusiasm. The aspiration was to create an engaging and conducive environment to children when they come back to school and experience new joy and contentment.

Even our CEO, Shridhar Venkat, took time from his busy schedule and came forward to volunteer for this noble deed by joining one of the teams in revamping the school. Speaking about the project, he said, “Akshaya Patra has always undertaken initiatives for the betterment of the society, especially children. The ‘Clean Slate Carnival’ is one such initiative which focuses on students. The aim was to welcome children back to the schools after summer vacation and provide them a clean environment for studying. Already eager to return to school after the summer break, we knew they would be happy to see newly painted blackboards, clean benches, etc. We are confident that these factors will add to their excitement and enthusiasm for the new academic year. I want to thank our corporate partners for supporting this initiative through their active participation.”

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Our corporate volunteers were immensely happy to be a part of the initiative. Pralayanath, one of the volunteers from LESG’s team, said that, “We have been partners with Akshaya Patra for various relief programmes and are aware about their dedication to provide school children with mid-day meal (MDM) on a day-to-day basis. The ‘Clean Slate Carnival is a new approach they have taken towards the betterment of the students and society. We are glad to be a part of it. It was indeed an amazing experience and we are looking forward to partnering with them for other such initiatives in the future.”

Besides welcoming children back to school, the Clean Slate Carnival was aimed at providing our corporate volunteers an avenue to do their bit to put a smile of children’s face. We can proudly say that this was indeed a successful step. We hope to expand this project in Akshaya Patra beneficiary schools across India.

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Akshaya Patra inaugurates its 67th kitchen in Uttar Pradesh

Akshaya patra’s 67th Barsana kitchen

On April 22, 2023, we launched our new kitchen in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh. It will be our 67th kitchen in the country and 6th unit in the state, made possible due to the generous contribution of Shri Gagan Hasteer. This momentous event marked another milestone in our ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger and our commitment to promoting nutrition for education across India.

The new cooking facility can prepare 5,000 mid-day meals per day. It has also been designed with a community hall to organise training and workshops for its staff, in adherence to the Kaizen, CI Projects and Six Sigma methodologies that we follow across all our kitchens.

Barsana Kitchen’s mid-day meal menu will comprise Roti, Pulav, Kheer, Chanadal Loki, Tehari, Dal and Kala Chana curry as they are essential components of the local diet. Through this locally palatable menu, we aim to reach out to more children in the region, encourage them to come to school, avoid food wastage and contribute to their overall development under the Central Government’s PM POSHAN Abhiyaan.

The new kitchen is also our first-of-its-kind all-women-run community kitchen with the distinction of having more than 80% women employees. About 20% of its workforce will be men to look after the technical operations. With this new move, we seek to empower local women with financial independence, decision-making power and technical skills.

We are immensely grateful to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for its constant support towards our initiatives. Through the Barsana kitchen, the sixth kitchen in the state, we will continue to implement various government feeding programmes and impact the lives of those who need our support.

In conclusion, it truly takes a village to achieve such a feat!
We are grateful to our dedicated team, donors, supporters and partners, who played a pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition. Let’s celebrate this achievement and look forward to the future with renewed determination and optimism.

If you wish to be a part of the solution with us, you can contribute towards PM POSHAN Abhiyaan through online donations or volunteer to help serve mid-day meals to our young and bright beneficiaries. Not only will you help build their futures, but also take home everlasting happiness and tax benefits.

So, let’s come together to continue fighting against malnutrition and serve more underprivileged communities until we achieve a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

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Akshaya Patra’s kitchens reached the 66th mark!

Akshaya Patra’s kitchens reached the 66th mark!

We, at The Akshaya Patra Foundation, have been working tirelessly for the past two decades to fight hunger in children and support their education across India by providing them with the nourishment they deserve as part of the Indian Government’s PM Poshan Abhiyaan.

One of our most recent achievements in this direction is launching our 66th kitchen in Bhopal.
It is our first kitchen in Madhya Pradesh and the largest of our cooking facilities so far!

The construction of the new facility is spread over an area of 1 acre, supported by Hindustan Electro Graphite Limited. It was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the presence of Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – Akshaya Patra, and Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, the Vice-Chairman – Akshaya Patra.

Enabling us to serve mid-day meals to thousands of additional children through the new kitchen is another significant milestone for us towards Zero Hunger. The semi-automated Bhopal kitchen can undertake large-scale feeding, typically up to 50,000 meals a day while adhering to Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to ensure safe handling, preparation and delivery of the food. It is equipped with

  • the latest technology and automated machinery
  • cauldrons and trolleys
  • roti and poori-making machines with the capacity to prepare 20,000 rotis and 10,000 pooris per hour
  • 500-litre sabji/vegetable cauldrons
  • 1200-litre dal cauldrons
  • 125-kg rice cauldrons with a hydraulic system
  • an RO plant for water purification
  • ETP and LoT Gasbank
  • cutting boards, knives and other similar equipment

The steam-based machines and tools guarantee that they do not come into any direct contact with fire. They are sanitised before every cooking cycle to ensure that the food is prepared hygienically and efficiently. The kitchen is also equipped with a sophisticated water treatment system that purifies the water used for cooking and cleaning.

What will the school children in Bhopal receive?

The cooking processes in the 66th kitchen will continue to follow the Government’s Mid-Day Meal Guidelines and a designated mid-day meal menu, like our other cooking facilities across the country. It is designed to prepare a variety of dishes that are nutritious, enjoyable and suited to the taste preferences of the region.

The children will be served roti, poori, sabji, thepla, matar paneer, wheat cake, mixed veg soya masala, chole masala, rajma masala, jeera rice, plain rice, veg pulao, masala bhaji pulao, kheer and fruit on a weekly-rotational basis. The Bhopal kitchen will strictly adhere to the recipes to consistently maintain taste and quality, thus improving the consumption of school meals among children.

Heading closer to our mission

PM Poshan Abhiyaan (earlier called the Mid-Day Meal Programme) has been instrumental in increasing the enrolment of children in Government schools. It has also helped in reducing the dropout rate, especially among girl students. The programme has also aided in improving the nutritional status of children, which led to better health and cognitive development in them.

The opening of the 66th kitchen in Bhopal is a testament to our commitment to our mission. In partnership with the Government of India, various State Governments, many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, we have grown from humble beginnings of serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to executing the world’s largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme. We now serve wholesome food to over 2 million children daily from 22,367 schools across 15 states and 2 union territories in India.

Our state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world. Using these highly mechanised units of centralised kitchens, we have been able to achieve the highest levels of hygiene by reducing human contact with food.

Our new kitchens have now begun to source their raw materials locally which will provide employment opportunities to the local community. This will significantly help in boosting the local economy.

Support children with your tax-exempted donations

When you donate to Akshaya Patra, you can also claim tax exemption in India under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act as our NGO is registered under Section 12A (a) of the Act.

All your online donations above INR 500 towards our feeding initiatives are eligible for a 50% tax exemption under Section 80G and you will receive a tax exemption certificate as proof.

Thus, you can triple your benefits with your donation to our NGO by nourishing children in need and supporting their education while gaining tax exemption in India.

So, help us expand further to nourish more school children from underprivileged backgrounds and secure their health and futures.

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Be a Volunteer with Akshaya Patra

Be a Volunteer in Akshaya Patra

What is volunteering?
Volunteering is an unpaid service often made to an NGO to benefit different sections or communities.

Why do people volunteer?
Volunteering boosts physical and mental health of the volunteer as well as the beneficiaries with their services. A rise in the volunteerism culture in the past few decades makes it evident.

Furthermore, organisations prefer hiring those who have significant volunteering experience as it demonstrates:
• One’s ability to work in a team
• One’s passion to help the society
• Leadership skills
• Time management skills
• Accountability
• Integrity and ethical behaviour

Additionally, it brings a sense of purpose and boosts confidence in volunteers.

Volunteer with The Akshaya Patra Foundation

We at Akshaya Patra are an internationally recognised NGO, nourishing millions of Government school children with mid-day meals under the Government scheme of PM POSHAN Abhiyaan. Our vision is to ensure that “no child is deprived of education because of hunger” and our mission is to feed “3 million children by 2025”.

You can volunteer with us both online and offline.

Offline volunteering opportunities

Introduce us to your organisation
Help us reach your connections and motivate them to donate to our various programmes for people coming from challenging socioeconomic communities.

Raise funds for a cause of your choice
You can conduct fundraising events to donate for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds; they may be wedding ceremonies, birthday parties and similar gatherings.

Take us along with you
Take us along to the places you visit and introduce us to the people you meet. You can help us reach more people by:

• sharing presentations about our initiatives while addressing a gathering.
• distributing print-outs of information about volunteering opportunities with our NGO in your apartment, office, neighbouring localities and at special events.

Be our consultant
You can offer your services as a consultant for the various departments of our NGO depending on your skills and our requirement. You can guide us on Operations, Marketing, HR, Finance, Logistics, Online presence, Health and Nutrition, Fundraising and others.

Trainers and physicians can conduct workshops or check-ups for our employees.

Visit our beneficiary schools to support the midday meal scheme
If you wish to support the midday meal scheme, we can arrange your visit to one of our beneficiary schools near your area as per your interest and availability. You can spend some memorable moments with the children, serve meals and talk to them about the importance of health and nutrition. You can also taste the mid-day meals during your visit and provide valuable feedback.

You can share some of your skills and talents with the children which will help them in their learning journey—it may be related to sports, fine arts, magic tricks, mental math, science experiments or anything of interest to them.

Help in kitchen operations at our premises
As a part of your CSR activity, volunteer in our kitchen processes such as cleaning and cutting vegetables, cleaning the distribution vehicles and other similar activities depending upon your interest. It will give you a first-hand experience of how our kitchens operate and what goes behind preparing hygienic meals for over 2 million children every day.

Online Volunteering Opportunities

Sometimes our busy schedules prevent us from helping people in need. So, we have a solution!

Cyber Advocate with Akshaya Patra
You can sign in as a Cyber Advocate for The Akshaya Patra Foundation. This opportunity entails:

• Forwarding mailers to your contacts to help spread the word about our work
• Promoting our programmes from your social networking accounts and asking your connections to follow us
• Introducing Akshaya Patra in your online communities
• Using our screensavers, buttons, posters, wallpapers, banners and more

Guest-blogging opportunity for volunteers
If you like to write, you can blog about us and let people know about the cause you like to support. You can also send your articles to us and we will then publish them as our guest blog.

Online fundraising volunteer opportunities
We feed 2 million children every day across 14 states and 2 union territories of India from 65 state-of-the-art kitchens. We plan to expand our operations to more locations for which people across the globe are helping us raise funds in their own ways.

If you also wish to donate for children, you can register yourself as an online fundraising volunteer. All the funds raised will go to providing meals to underprivileged beneficiaries. Dedicated fundraisers are acknowledged for their efforts on our select collaterals.

Social media volunteering opportunities
You can become a social media volunteer on the social media site you visit frequently.

When all of us spend some time on social media platforms, why not support a noble cause through them?

Here’s what you can do:
• Become our fan on Facebook. Like our posts and share them with your friends
• Tweet and re-tweet about us on Twitter
• Share our YouTube videos
• Add us to your circle on Google Plus

Contribute to our NGO in your own way!

It is your call to be active in any or all of these activities to help the underprivileged and fill your life with goodness. We will appreciate your efforts on our Facebook page.

We also welcome suggestions!
If you believe there are other effective ways to support us that are in line with our objective, we would love to hear from you.

You can download the volunteering form and send it to
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Akshaya Patra turns 22! The journey so far


India has developed much since its release from the grasp of colonialism for sure. However, around 90 years of torment left the country devastated. Much of its population in the narrow crevices of its vast expanse still faces the consequences in the form of physical, mental and financial stress.

These underprivileged people face evils like undernourishment and illiteracy that repeat in cycles through generations. Thus, without collaborative support from organisations and the public, a breakthrough is impossible.

In the past few decades, researchers, NGOs and the Government have made consistent efforts to nourish all marginalised sections of the Indian population. However, none of them will yield efficiently if the nation’s own people are unable to contribute to help their fellow citizens in need.

Thanks to non-profit entities like The Akshaya Patra Foundation, the noble act of giving has become extremely convenient with a few clicks! The organisation also displays its various NGO works, reports and recognitions on its website to help potential donors make informed decisions within minutes.

Today, Akshaya Patra gets donations from people and organisations across the world.
And this year, this esteemed NGO in India turns 22!

Akshaya Patra has worked incessantly to feed people in need—from children in Government schools under PM Poshan Abhiyaan to underserved pregnant women, nursing mothers, homeless mothers and disaster victims.

With trust and funds from billions of donors globally, the NGO in India even ventured into supporting online learning of underprivileged children in India through digital devices.

Akshaya Patra’s journey through 22 years

Final Thoughts
With the ever-expanding donor family of Akshaya Patra, it has been continuously executing programmes beyond mid-day meals (mdm) for the welfare of people from low-income backgrounds. Although food and education are at the crux of its goals, initiatives impacting other areas of their lives are underway.

So, if you also believe that a developed India is possible only when every individual in the country can access basic needs like healthy food, shelter, quality education and medical care, then celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Akshaya Patra with your generous donation.

Join Akshaya Patra’s donor family and support the development of our fellow Indians in need!
Donate for the dream of a sustainable and self-reliant India!

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Akshaya Patra’s Kitchens reach the 65th mark

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This is the potential of India to beat the odds. The current pace of its evolution does not talk about its efforts to catch up with the world but to make the world strive to be at par with it.

As India grows, so do the aspirations of its people from all the backgrounds. Inspiring stories of Indian achievers around the globe are motivating our youth every day which is now taking huge leaps towards innovation and success.

Gone are the days when the aim was only to be employed. Today, India’s children dream of becoming entrepreneurs, visionaries and world leaders.

And children from low-income families REFUSE to lag behind!
Thanks to the daily mid-day meals and the support provided by various NGOs in India, children have transformed into unstoppable shooting stars who are on their way to realising their dreams.

For instance, Krish, an Akshaya Patra beneficiary, won the science fair at his school for his idea of natural composting despite his financial troubles. He says he will not stop looking for other ways to support mother Earth; bio-enzymes are his next aim.

To keep up with the efforts of these genius minds to dream and achieve, we at Akshaya Patra, are also levelling up to nourish more children at full-speed.

And that is why in a short, our NGO in India established four new kitchens with the support of our well-wishers to feed and power up the creative ambitions of the nation’s upcoming visionaries.

63rd Kitchen in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
After a successful launch of our 62nd Akshaya Patra kitchen in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 7 July 2022, we inaugurated our next facility in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 15 July 2022.

The Honourable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami inaugurated this centralized kitchen supported by the Hans Foundation and the Education Department at Suddhowala, Dehradun. Thanking the NGO for its service and the Hans Foundation for their support, the Chief Minister then flagged off one of our vehicles carrying fresh food for thousands of children.

The Dehradun kitchen is the second facility in the state with the capacity to feed 35,000 fresh and nutritious meals per cooking cycle. It will serve fulfilling meals to students in 500 schools under the PM Poshan Abhiyaan.

64th Kitchen in Mansa, Gujarat
With consistent support from our donors, we launched a centralized kitchen in Mansa, Gujarat, on 23 July 2022. The 64th kitchen’s construction was funded by IndusInd Bank and inaugurated by the Honourable Union Home Minister, Shri Amitbhai Shah.

The state-of-the-art kitchen is the eighth facility in the state with the capacity to feed 26,000 children in 190 government schools.

65th Kitchen in Jorhat, Assam
Keeping up the momentum, we launched the 65th Akshaya Patra kitchen on 29 July 2022, sponsored by Credit Suisse, A.T.E. Chandra Foundation and Apraava Energy in Jorhat, Assam. It was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.

We already serve over 40,000 children in Guwahati. This is the second kitchen in Assam that can impact the lives of over 30,000 additional children through the PM Poshan Abhiyaan.

The Jorhat kitchen will follow world-class manufacturing practices and food quality standards to ensure children receive all the nutrients they need. It will also serve food according to the local palate of the children, including rice, varieties of dal, and vegetable preparations, such as aloo matar tomato sabji, kabuli chana sabji, louki with chana dal sabji, veg pulao, khichdi and kheer in a cyclic manner.

Moreover, the 65th kitchen will also provide employment opportunities to the locals, comprising women and men from various backgrounds and communities — a common feature of all our kitchens.

Final Thoughts
Our work started with a small window and is now 65 kitchens strong. Today, our kitchens are known for their advanced infrastructure, which has become a subject of study across the world. From feeding just 1,500 children, we have come a long way due to our noble pursuit.

So, let’s have faith in the dreams of our children and believe in a future full of opportunities for people from all walks of life. Make an online donation today to feed a million children every day for an entire academic year and contribute to building India’s sustainable future.

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Five benefits of contributing to an NGO

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Engaging in any charitable act reflects your humane, responsible and compassionate side.

Often, we get so busy in the hustle-bustle of life that we overlook people who need our support. While we focus on tending to our everyday responsibilities and fulfilling our duties, we miss nurturing the compassionate and benevolent side in our lives. This is when non-profit organisations come into play. NGOs are non-government groups that work at the grassroots level to bring about a sustainable and tangible change in the community, society or the nation. The work of such organisations include tackling issues related to empowerment, environment protection, social development, education, health, poverty, hunger and similar other issues. Hence, by engaging with such NGOs by supporting them as a volunteer, knowledge partner, goodwill ambassador or donor, you can create a huge impact.

Given the significant roles that an NGO plays, the government of India encourages individuals and corporates to engage with and donate to charitable organisations.

The Income Tax Act of the Government of India supports charitable contributions made towards philanthropic organisations. According to Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, financial contributions made towards a registered charitable organisation qualify for tax exemption. The deciding factor to identify whether the donor receives 100% exemption or 50% exemption, depends on the registration of the charitable organisation.

Your Tax deductible donations have five benefits:

  • It supports the beneficiary NGO in its operations, helps in the sustenance and expansion of its service.
  • Positively influences and impacts the lives of beneficiaries.
  • Reiterates the values of compassion and generosity. It also instils a sense of ‘giving back to society’.
  • Uplifts the community on the whole by imbibing awareness, responsibilities, and being a part of the solution for numerous issues at hand.
  • Makes the benefactor eligible for tax exemption.

NGOs understand the worth & power of every rupee. They ensure that the funds are utilized in the right manner

No matter what cause the NGO fights for, every little support from you will be valued and looked forward to. Hence, you can support an organisation depending on the cause you deeply connect with. For example, if you want to provide health and education to children coming from challenging socio-economic backgrounds, you can support not for profit organisations like The Akshaya Patra Foundation. It is one of the pioneer NGOs in India that started implementing the Government’s Midday Meal Programme. The Foundation provides nutritious school lunch to children in government and government-aided schools since 2000 for the last 21 years.

Currently, Akshaya Patra provides regular midday meals to 18,00,907 children studying in 19,039 schools across 60 locations of 14 States and 2 Union Territories of India. When you donate to this NGO:

  • You make nutritious food accessible to school children, support their education while helping them progress towards their dreams and goals.
  • Midday meals contribute towards overall development by enhancing children’s concentration. It also improves their performance in academics and participation in co-curricular activities.
  • These meals improve attendance and reduce the drop-out rate of children, thereby ensuring continuity in education.
  • You create a lasting impact in the lives of young, determined, and aspirational children who are willing to go beyond their financial situations.
  • You become eligible to receive tax exemption on your donated amount (applicable for an online donation of ₹500 and above).

Akshaya Patra is considered among the best NGO in India to donate to, given the cause it works for and the diligence in its financial transparency.

In conclusion, your one moment to make a contribution and show your compassion can bring a phenomenal difference to society. So, as you go about fulfilling your responsibilities, do attend to your benevolent side too!

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Family Happiness Kit – A reason to smile

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Akshaya Patra, a mid-day meal NGO in India has been nourishing government school children with healthy mid-day meals for the past 21 years. Amid crisis situations, this NGO steps in to provide food relief to economically weaker sections of the society, and it did the same during the COVID pandemic too.

It has been an unprecedented journey ever since the outbreak of COVID-19. World organisations, government bodies, NGOs and charitable organisations, healthcare systems, public administrations, and the civil society has been putting up a tough fight against COVID-19 for more than two years. The rapid spread of the pandemic across the world affected each and every one and all aspects of our lives – personal, professional, financial, emotional, and most importantly health. While we were gearing up with hygiene and immunity products to safeguard ourselves from the virus, the socio-economically weaker sections were pushed to battle against an additional crisis called hunger.

The support system
The adversities caused by COVID has been devastating, but it brought the entire society together with the objective to help each other in all possible ways. While a section of the society was fighting against the virus, the other section was striving to ensure well-being and food security among the underprivileged communities. Several NGOs began food relief services and individuals came forward in full support to feed the needy by choosing to donate to charity. As always, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO in India stepped in to provide food relief to socio-economically weaker sections in the form of cooked food and ration kits.

Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a 21-year-old mid-day meal NGO in India has always been in the forefront of food relief service during crisis situations caused by natural disasters, and more recently by the COVID-19 pandemic. It makes use of its robust, state-of-the-art kitchens across India and leverages the network of generous and philanthropic supporters to serve people in need.

Since March 2020, Akshaya Patra has been striving to feed the needy across India. It has already provided 20.6 crore meals including cooked meals & ration kits. With the resurgence of COVID-19, Akshaya Patra has once again begun providing food relief in the form of Family Happiness Kits. Each kit can provide twice a day meal for a family of four for 15 days. Each kit contains:

• Food Essentials – Rice, Wheat Flour, Toor Dal, Desi Chana, Peanuts, Oil, Spices, Salt & Biscuits
• Hygiene Products – Mask, Toothpaste, Soap & Sanitary Pads
• Awareness Items – COVID Awareness Book & Classmate Notebook

Donate to this NGO in India and support their efforts to feed the needy families amid COVID-19 crisis. Your contribution of ₹1200 towards Akshaya Patra’s Family Happiness Kits Programme will save a marginalised family from hunger. Donate to charity, ensure food security, and save tax too! Support now.

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