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This September, Feed to Defeat Hunger!

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September is Hunger Action Month. Communities, NGOs and other organizations call upon for support to provide food relief to people belonging to challenging economic backgrounds.

690 million people worldwide are affected by hunger
with
381 million undernourished people living in Asia

With the present COVID-19 situation, it is estimated that 130 million more people will slip into the chronic hunger bracket by 2020. Given the pandemic, we need to take tangible steps to fight hunger; hence, the Need to Feed is NOW!

To tackle this situation, various NGOs including The Akshaya Patra Foundation have come together to provide food to the people in need. Akshaya Patra is an Indian NGO that works in tandem with the Government of India and various State Governments to implement the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Along with its core cause, this NGO steps in to provide food relief during crisis situations such as flood, cyclone, earthquake, and is currently serving the needy amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Food Relief Service
Akshaya Patra and its Associate Foundations started the COVID-19 Food Relief Service on 25th March 2020 and have served a cumulative of 7.8-Crore meals. The NGO has served 4,57,17,685 cooked meals and distributed 7,87,570 grocery kits across 19 states of India – Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Himachal Pradesh.

Akshaya Patra’s Happiness Bags Programme
Out of the 690 million hungry people, 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition.
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COVID-19 has kept 90% of all students out of school, which in turn reversed the years of progression on education.

Reason being this, apart from feeding migrants and daily-wage workers, Akshaya Patra initiated the Happiness Bags Programme for its mid-day meal beneficiaries.

Each Happiness Bag is packed with contents that support health and immunity, hygiene and education of children. Every bag provides:
• Immunity and nutrient-rich food items – glucose biscuit packs, peanuts, jaggery, double fortified salt, ragi flour, turmeric powder, and sambar powder.
• Hygiene kit with tooth brush, tooth paste and soap for all beneficiaries and a pack of sanitary napkin for girl beneficiaries.
• Study materials – an activity book, crayon set or colour pencils, Classmate notebook and pens or pencils.

Your contribution towards Akshaya Patra ensures no one goes hungry amid the prevailing pandemic. Your support provides nutritious meals to the needy thereby directly addressing acute, chronic, and hidden hunger.

This Hunger Action Month, go the extra mile to defeat hunger! Donate Now!

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Mid-Day Meal – Adding Value to Health & Education

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Imagine a scenario where you are neither influenced by the lifestyle of towns and cities nor have incessant access to even the basic necessities like water and electricity. On seeing your parents struggle to give you the best, you think, ‘I will study hard to become a successful person and give the best life to my parents.’

Similar is the story of Indu, a beneficiary of the Mid-Day Meal Programme, who wants to become a doctor to cure her grandmother – her sole caretaker, and provide free treatment to many like her. Know more about Indu here.

Mid-day meals are a major intervention to bring children to school on a daily basis. There are more than 120 million children in India who receive school lunch as a part of the Government’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Most of these children go to school just because they get free and healthy meals that they otherwise may not be able to afford.

History of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in India

The roots of the Mid-Day Meal Programme can be traced back to the times of pre-independence, where the British Administration introduced mid-day meals in 1925, followed by the French administration in Union Territory – Puducherry in 1930. From the year 1962-1963 school year onwards this programme was introduced in the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and the rest of the States of India in the same order. By 1990-1991, twelve States had implemented the programme.

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme was officially launched in India in 1995 to provide adequate nutritious food to children and has been through many changes since. In 2001, the Supreme Court of India mandated all Government and Government-assisted schools to provide cooked mid-day meals to all the students.

The objectives of the Mid-Day Meal Programme are:
• Protecting children from classroom hunger that limits their focus in class.
• Improving nutritional status of children studying in Government and Government-aided schools.
• Increasing school enrolment rates and attendance rates.
• Encouraging socialisation amongst children regardless of caste or creed.
• Creating employment opportunities for women.
To facilitate the efforts, many non-profit organisations have partnered with the Government to combat classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that has been feeding school meals to children since 2000 and has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme.

Akshaya Patra’s Reach in India
• 18,00,907 children
• 19,039 schools
• 52 locations
• 12 States & 2 Union Territories

According to UNESCO Institute of Statistics, around 2.8 million children, or more, aged between six and 13 years old, do not go to school. In a situation like this, free, unlimited meals are potential incentives for them to come to school. Akshaya Patra strives to support more children from challenging socio-economic backgrounds with regular school meals. It aims to provide unlimited food for education to 5 million children, every day by the end of 2025.

You can donate online to be a part of Akshaya Patra’s mission to make a difference in the lives of children.

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Rise Against Hunger with Akshaya Patra

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38% children between the ages 6 months to 5.5 years, suffer from chronic malnutrition.

In order to change this scenario, various NGOs work ardently for the betterment of children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a 20-year old NGO in India that has constantly worked to address two major issues – food and education. What started off as a simple act of feeding 1,500 children in Bengaluru, is now recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme, implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in India.

As on today, Akshaya Patra feeds 1.8 million children studying in 19,039 Government schools and Government-aided schools every day. This charity in India is spread across 52 locations and serves from its centralised and decentralised kitchen where nutrition, hygiene, and quality are of topmost priority. The Foundation is present across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Daman and DNH, Delhi, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

To know about the different types of kitchens present in each state, click here.

Mid-day meals help in improving the overall health of children and aids in better concentration in class. School meals also bring a change in their overall development where they grow physically and mentally. Akshaya Patra aims to feed 5 million children who hail from challenging socio-economic conditions by 2025.

1/4th of world’s undernourished population lives in India
With 25.7% of people living in low-income sections of the society, it is estimated that these numbers will drastically increase given the outbreak of COVID-19. The Akshaya Patra Foundation extended its service to the nation to help the needy and marginalised section combat the virus and live a healthy life. The Foundation began its COVID relief service on 25th March 2020 by serving freshly prepared meals and distributing dry grocery kits that can help a family of two with ration that could provide 42 meals for a period of 21 days.

Since the beginning of Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 food relief service, 2,67,55,422 cooked meals have been served and 7,22,663 grocery kits have been distributed to people living in marginalised communities of India that comprises of construction site workers, migrant labourers, daily-wage workers and the needy people at old-age homes and night shelters.

To know more about the state-wise relief activities, click here.

Impact of your donation to fight hunger
By feeding children and adults with daily meals, you are helping in:
• Building their immunity to fight malnourishment and various diseases.
• Giving them strength to perform daily activities.
• Helping them concentrate and focus better.
• Helping them stay calmer.

To help marginalized communities fight the virus, click here.

How can you contribute to fight against hunger?
• You can support the feeding of children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme, here.
• You can serve meals with Akshaya Patra’s COVID relief fund, here.
• You can become our social ambassador by following us on various social media platforms and sharing our posts and updates regularly.
• You can raise funds by organising a Fundraising campaign online here.

Every little support helps us move forward to feed children and the needy, one step at a time

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Akshaya Patra – One of the Pioneer Mid-day Meal NGOs in India

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An act of giving brings unmatchable happiness in our lives. The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds more than a million children on a daily basis; the smile on these children’s faces say a million words that spell THANK YOU. Uphold dreams of children who are willing to dream big and small. With your donation, you ensure that a child’s year is filled with healthy school meals.

The art of shaping one’s future lies in one’s own hands. But what if they are children who are depending on elders to support them in achieving their dreams? There are many organisations that provide support to children. One such NGO in India is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Here is a story of one dream that is being nurtured.

Afroz is a student of class 7 studying in Ballari, Karnataka. He inherits his father’s genes to love nature. His father taught him to stay centred, have patience, and create balance. From then, he decided to be a successful businessman so that he can earn lots of money and take up his father’s pottery business on an even greater scale.

Regular school meals provided by Akshaya Patra has helped Afroz in concentrating better in class. Mid-day meals help him stay healthy to focus on achieving his dreams of becoming a businessman.

India runs the largest Mid-Day Meal Programme and The Akshaya Patra Foundation is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. By implementing the Mid-Day Meals Scheme, it started off by feeding 1,500 children in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Today it feeds a total of 18,00,907 children studying in 19,039 Government schools and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is spread over 52 locations in 12 States and 2 Union Territories in India.

How is Akshaya Patra different from other mid-day meal NGOs?
The Akshaya Patra Foundation prepares and serves school meals from centralised kitchens situated in 50 locations and decentralised kitchens situated in two locations by giving foremost priority to hygiene and cleanliness.

You can get a list of kitchens serving mid-day meals in each State, here.

Both the type of kitchens adhere to Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS guidelines) that include:
• Selection process for raw material supplier
• Standard storage and allotment system
• Steam sterilisation of cooking equipment and utensils
• Usage of 304 grade stainless steel vessels and utensils
• Training of cooks and supervisors to ensure food safety and undertaking pest control measures
• Checking critical points like cooking temperature, temperature while packing meals, etc.

By showing your support to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in many other schools with Akshaya Patra, you give hope to children’s dreams.

Wondering how?
With every donation, you feed children with a year full of healthy and wholesome meals. By doing so, you take care of their overall development – both physical and cognitive. With a donation of ₹3300, you ensure that three children get daily school lunch for one academic year. If these children do not have to think of where their next meal will come from, they will be able to focus better in class and score higher in their academics.

The thought of having changed lives in some way or the other, brings immense joy and satisfaction. The happiness on seeing children’s smiling faces supersedes any other emotion.

You do not have to wait for the right time to make your donation. All you have to do is donate towards Akshaya Patra to provide unlimited food for education to young children.
This will enable millions of children progress towards their dreams.

Children are small, but not their aspirations.
Dreams bring smiles.
How many smiles would you like to support today?

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State of the Art Kitchens of Akshaya Patra

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation serves mid-day meals to children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools. It provides healthy school meals to 18,00,907 children across 52 locations of 12 states & 2 union territories of India. These meals are a great intervention to bring children to school every day. The Foundation constantly works towards feeding many more children. You can be a part of the Akshaya Patra family by contributing ₹1100 towards a child’s entire year’s school lunch.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is registered under the Indian Trusts Act as a non-governmental organisation. It implements Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Programme and operates on a Public-Private Partnership model. With persistent support from the Government of India, the State Governments, corporate donors, individual donors and volunteers, Akshaya Patra has grown from feeding 1,500 school children in Bengaluru to feeding 18,00,907 school children in India, on an everyday basis, in a span of 20 years.

How does Akshaya Patra feed so many children daily?
The Akshaya Patra Foundation operates the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 52 locations of the nation in 19,039 Government schools and Government aided schools with high-technology adaptation being the modus operandi of a successful feeding strategy. The kitchens where meals are cooked on a large scale, adapt to the industrial technology available.

Akshaya Patra prepares and serves mid-day meals to children who have a challenging socio-economic background, from two types of kitchens: Centralised and Decentralised. No matter what type of kitchen it is operating, hygiene and quality are given utmost importance. These kitchens adhere to Food Safety Management Systems that include:
• Raw material supplier selection process
• Standard storage and allotment system
• Sterilisation of cooking equipment and utensils with steam before use
• Usage of 304 grade stainless steel for all the vessels
• Conducting training sessions with cooks and supervisors to ensure food safety and undertaking pest control measures
• Checking critical points like cooking temperature, temperature while packing meals, etc.

Centralised kitchens
A centralised kitchen manages all operations from one location. This includes the processes of receiving, storage, maintenance, preparation and delivery. These kitchens are located at urban and semi-urban location, preferably to feed a cluster of surrounding schools. These kitchens are designed to cook meals on a large scale, ranging from 50,000 to 1,50,000 every single day. These kitchens use state-of-the-art tools and technology in preparation of meals.

There are 50 Akshaya Patra kitchens that are centralised in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Daman & DNH, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.

You can get a list of kitchens serving mid-day meals in each State, here.

These kitchens make use of cauldrons, trolleys, chutes, dal/sambar tanks, knives and cutting boards. These highly mechanised units ensure highest levels of hygiene by reducing human contact.

Rice cauldrons have a capacity of cooking 500 litres, a dal cauldron has a capacity of preparing 1,200 to 3,000 litres of dal or sambar. The roti making machine can make around 40,000 chapathis in 1 hour.

After thorough quality inspection and meeting the requirements adapted from Food Safety Standards Act 2006 (FSSA),20 kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified and the remaining are in the process of getting an ISO certification.

Decentralised kitchens
Decentralised kitchens are set up in locations that have bad connectivity and are in remote areas where the geographical terrain makes it difficult to set up a large infrastructure. There are two decentralised kitchens of Akshaya Patra – one in Nayagarh (Odisha) and the other is in Baran (Rajasthan). All the kitchen process and operations are supervised and monitored by Akshaya Patra’s Quality Officers and supervisors.

Akshaya Patra hires and trains women from Self Help Groups (SHG) to cook nutritious and healthy food. Along with preparation of mid-day meals, the NGO also helps in providing employment opportunities to women. The Baran kitchen serves 161 schools and Nayagarh kitchen reaches out to 319 schools.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has a vision of feeding 5 million school children by 2025. It is possible to serve these children with healthy and nutritious food on a daily basis with regular contributions and donations from generous donors like you.

With your help Akshaya Patra can serve the children of India.

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Rajasthani Menu served in Akshaya Patra’s Rajasthan Kitchens

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Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organization serving mid-day meals on a daily basis to around two lakh children studying in Government and Government-aided schools in Rajasthan. The NGO has been operational in the state since 2004 and currently feeds 2,31,187 children studying in 4,428 schools. These children are fed mid-day meals that are prepared from 10 kitchens situated in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nathdwara, Ajmer, Baran, Bhilwara, Jhalawar, Bikaner, Udaipur, and Chittorgarh.

How would you like to be deserted in a land surrounded by palaces, forts and museums, and rich heritage? Overwhelming isn’t it? Palaces and forts ring only one bell in our minds – Rajasthan, the princely state of India.
In stark contrast to this beautiful side of the state, there prevails some concerning facts too!

Did you know? Rajasthan has
• A literacy rate of only 66%.
• The 3rd lowest literacy rate nationwide.
• Is one of the BIMARU states.

Is there a way in which you can work to make the scenario better? Is there any NGO in Rajasthan that you could associate yourself with?

Of course!

In every sphere of life, in every situation, there is a scope for betterment. This is why the Government of India started the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

What is mid-day meal? How does it impact education?
There are millions and millions of children who belong to challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Hence, it is difficult for them to eat one square meal a day. The Akshaya Patra Foundation started the implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme so that school children get the right nutrition for their development and are able to concentrate better in their school. Mid-day meals act as a catalyst in bringing children to school.

What is Akshaya Patra?
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the largest implementer of the Mid-Day Meal Programme in India. The seed of this idea was sown with a vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’

Today, the organization feeds 1.8 million children spread across 52 locations in 12 States and 2 Union Territories in India.

With Rajasthan trying to battle the school drop-out rate, this was an initiative that was welcomed with open arms. The Foundation started its first kitchen in Rajasthan in the year 2004. Today, this charity nourishes 2,31,187 children across the state on each school day.

Advent in Rajasthan
In the year 2004, a centralised kitchen was started in Jaipur. From the day of inception, it has been continuously feeding school children who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Today, it feeds mid-day meals to school children studying in 4,428 Government and Government-aided schools.

The Foundation works for the cause ‘Food for Education’ of children across the nation and in 10 locations of Rajasthan:

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The first and foremost priority in any kitchen is hygiene and cleanliness. Akshaya Patra operates from both centralised and decentralised kitchens which adhere strictly to the norms laid out as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The Nathdwara, Jaipur and Ajmer kitchens are ISO: 22000:2005 certified. The rest of the kitchens in Rajasthan are following the suite.

What does the meal contain?
Mid-day meals are prepared keeping in mind the recommended dietary norms for children have to get while maintaining a hygienic environment. As pulses, grains and vegetables enhance growth of children, Akshaya Patra includes them in the daily school meals of children. Rice and dal are prepared in large cauldrons that are cooked and transported in high grade Stainless Steel.

The kitchens in Rajasthan serve locally palatable meals that children would enjoy eating in their schools. The kitchen follows a cyclic menu so that there is a variety in each day’s meal but contains adequate nutrients too. Some of the menu items served in Rajasthan are:midday meal ngo

Apart from the raw materials that go into preparation of mid-day meals, there is lots of love and care that is packed into these meals. Soon these meals will reverse the current literacy scenario of the state and empower children with health, education and confidence to achieve, turning Rajasthan into a truly royal state.

Wouldn’t you like to contribute in the making of a royal state?

Support generously. A contribution of ?1100 will feed a child on every school day for 1 year.

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Role of Akshaya Patra in Delhi

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Many of us remember how hungry we felt during our class hours. The hunger pangs would instil a frustration that we could not show it out anywhere or on anyone. Our parents would coax us to eat a healthy breakfast before we started to school, but our chirpy little mind would not listen to them or think that we could get hungry very soon. But. Today as grown up adults, we thank our parents for packing extra food in our lunch boxes – this would fill our stomachs and we would still have energy stored in our bodies that would help us stay alert in class and play in the school ground till either our parents or someone picked us up. Thinking about how fortunate we were?

There are children who are lesser fortunate than us whose parents find it difficult to even feed them with 1 square meal a day. These people and children belong from challenging socio-economic backgrounds who need some support to feed their children. This is why there are many NGOs that provide services to help such people lead a regular life without having to go through many difficulties.

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One such NGO in Delhi is The Akshaya Patra Foundation that works for the cause of Food for Education of children. It has been working towards this cause since 2000. It started by feeding 1500 children and has grown exponentially to feed 18,02,517 children. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Programme and serves to 16,856 schools spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories in India.

How does the Akshaya Patra, Delhi unit help school children?

The Akshaya Patra Foundation serves mid-day meals to school children that are wholesome and high in nutritional content. Each location serves local cuisine that is palatable to children. The Delhi kitchen of the Foundation serves ajwain puri, aloo chole, rice, kadhi, jeera rice, rajma kadhi, cookies, fruits and many more in a cyclical order where the menu changes every month. This way the kitchen ensures that children enjoy their meals without having to eat the same food every single day.

The use of nutrient-rich ingredients that make the mid-day meal wholesome include whole wheat, legumes, green leaves, vegetables, fresh fruits and more. These nutritious ingredients help in improving concentration abilities of children, improve their immunity, increase brain functions and help them stay full for a longer duration.

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How can you help children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme?

You can help children when you donate to NGOs like Akshaya Patra which is the largest implementer of the MDM Programme in India. By donating towards feeding them with healthy and wholesome meals, you are contributing toward their overall development that includes physical and cognitive development. Apart from adding goodwill to your action, you can also save on taxes under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.

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Fulfil dreams with midday meals

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Let us come together to donate for a cause. Partner with Akshaya Patra to feed mid-day meals to school children and make them attentive in their schools. This in turn will help us pave way for the future generation of young adults who strive to achieve their dreams. Donate to the Foundation and help so that healthy meals reach many more school children.

Have you heard of the saying ‘The most valuable things don’t cost any money?’ This only establishes the fact that small things bring joy in every individual’s life. Little things like meeting your long lost friend, sipping on a hot cup of coffee while it is raining, getting a gift from your loved one when you are least expecting it, getting a plate of hot food when it is cold outside and many such things add in great joy in our mundane lives. Small things matter because they have the potency to bring smiles that reach the corner of our eyes.

Have you seen pictures that depict stories of children playing in school grounds with broken bats and ruffled shuttles? No matter what the situation they were in, their smiles said it all – they were happy. How would you feel if you were to become a source of their happiness?

Yes! You can bring in joy into their lives. The role of NGOs is to work towards various causes related to children, women, senior citizens, their health, education, environment, and more.

One such organisation is The Akshaya Patra Foundation that has been working constantly with the vision that ‘no child should be deprived of education due to hunger’ for the last 19 years. It started implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme in Government and Government-aided schools across India. It feeds school children with nutritious and healthy meals so that food becomes a catalyst to encourage children to go to school.

Millions of children are out-of-school at the moment. All they wish for is a miracle that can take them to school; for they know only education can pave way to reach the goals their tender hearts hold. At such a juncture the school meals act no less than a miracle. These meals are an incentive for families belonging to challenging socio-economic backgrounds to send their children to school Invoking the humane side in us, let us work together to bring children to school by providing them the much-needed meals and make them future ready to achieve their dreams and goals. You can partner with Akshaya Patra and help nourish 1.8 million+ children with healthy and wholesome food on every school day.

You can donate online for the cause of food and education and prepare an intelligent army, group of architectures, doctors, teachers, astronauts and entrepreneurs. You not only gain satisfaction out of performing a selfless act, you also get tax exemption certificate instantly as the Foundation is registered under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.

Engulf yourself with the warmth of contentment that you made a child smile.
Join hands to feed & fulfill dreams of school children.

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Dedicate This Kannada Rajyotsava for the Children of the State!

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 Akshaya Patra wishes everyone a very happy Kannada Rajyotsava!

Every year, 1st November is celebrated as Kannada Rajyotsava, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speaking areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November 1973.

Karnataka Rajyotsava is celebrated across the entire state with much enthusiasm. The state is dotted with red and yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at all important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of this day is that it is enjoyed with much excitement across all age groups, religion and gender, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.

Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work for its continued development. Local citizens honour the good Samaritans of the society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava Awards on people who have contributed significantly for the development of the state.

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Karnataka is the birthplace of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Way back in 2000, the Foundation began its mission of providing ‘unlimited food for education’ to 1,500 children in five Government schools of Bengaluru. Today, Akshaya Patra supports education of 18,02,517 children in 16,856 Government and Government-aided schools across 51 locations of 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India by providing nutritious meals on each school day.

In Karnataka, Akshaya Patra provides nutritious meals to 4,02,695 children studying in 2,887 Government schools and Government-aided schools. The Foundation has seven kitchens located across the state: H.K. Hill (Bengaluru), V.K. Hill (Bengaluru), Jigani (Bengaluru), Ballari, Hubballi, Mangaluru, and Mysuru. H.K. Hill and V.K. Hill kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified; and the Ballari and Hubballi kitchens are ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified. The kitchens in Mangaluru, Mysuru, and Jigani are in the process of certification. In addition to implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Akshaya Patra is implementing the Government of Karnataka’s Ksheera Bhagya Scheme too.

All the kitchens follow a cyclic menu thereby enhancing the nutritional component and taste of the served meals. The overall meal menu comprises of plain rice, ghee rice, khichdi, bisibelebath, khara pongal, vegetable biryani, toor dal sambar, mixed pulse sambar, dal fry, gram dal sambar, chana dal sambar, mixed sambar, moong chilk sambar, beetroot kabuli chana sabji, mixed vegetable sabji, hayagriva, daliya sweet pongal, sweet pumpkin payasam, moong dal payasam, jaggery sweet payasam, fried groundnut, and curd.

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Way Forward
Akshaya Patra wholeheartedly acknowledges the incredible support it has been receiving from the State Government, donors, and well-wishers during its journey of 18 years. While the Foundation has been providing ‘unlimited food for education’ to the current beneficiaries, there are thousands of more children waiting for wholesome meals. And, so that it can continue to serve the children, it appeals to all for continued support. Your one moment of contributing online donation will ensure that children receive their much-needed daily school meals.

Dedicate this Kannada Rajyotsava for the children of the state.
Prepare them for the future by supporting their food and education today.

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This Hunger Action Month, Fill a Plate to Fulfil a Dream

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September – a month dedicated to fight against hunger crisis is also known as
‘Hunger Action Month.’ All September long, Akshaya Patra runs an annual campaign
focusing on awareness and encouraging people to end classroom hunger
by donating mid-day meals for children in India.

Life can’t be full on an empty stomach! This Hunger Action Month, we wish that all children in India could have a fulfilling life – studying, playing, and enjoying healthy meals with their friends at school.

Let’s hear from Jinal, a Standard III student from Ambaypura Primary School, Pratapura, Gujarat and one of the Akshaya Patra beneficiaries, to know how one mid-day meal on every school day helps her to pursue education and strengthens her aspiration to become a teacher.

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Little Jinal is a lively girl who always has the brightest smile on her face. It’s difficult for one to know that Jinal lost her parents and is staying with 2 younger siblings at their extended family. Facing obstacles at such a young age, Jinal still tries her best at school and is inspired to become a teacher in the future. Every day, Jinal enjoys Akshaya Patra’s school lunch with her friends. She especially likes rice and dal a lot! This wholesome mid-day meal is the only one she has and it motivates Jinal to study and continue to work towards making her dream come true.

Akshaya Patra’s efforts:
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The NGO has been the implementing partner of the Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme since 2000. It provides free, nutritious, wholesome mid-day meals to schoolchildren. Present in 12 states of India, The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds 1.76 million children in 16,788 Government and Government-aided schools on every school day.

We understand that with an empty stomach, children cannot concentrate on their studies and school activities, which hinders their ability to learn, grow, and develop. Thus, every September Akshaya Patra holds its annual Hunger Action Month campaign to raise awareness and encourage participation of the society to help eliminate classroom hunger.

You can help us:
You can help millions of children like Jinal from challenging backgrounds to follow their dreams by sponsoring their mid-day meals in the Hunger Action Month. One wholesome and freshly-cooked meal can provide children with nutrition and energy to study and take part in school activities. Parents will also be more confident to send their children to schools.

Your donations will not only fill children’s plate but also their hopes and dreams

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