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20 Years of Akshaya Patra in 2020

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A tiny thought can plant seeds for a million dreams. The thought “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger” led to the beginning of The Akshaya Patra Foundation in 2000. It started feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka. On identifying a strong relationship between food and education, the Foundation extended its service to provide mid-day meals to children in other states as well. By providing unlimited food for education of children, it gained national and international recognition to become the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme.

The NGO in India has completed 20 years of becoming an implementer of the Mid-Day Meal Programme. During these years, it has supported the feeding of 1.8 million children studying in 19,039 Government and Government-aided schools of India. The Foundation is spread across 52 locations in 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India and feeds wholesome meals to mid-day meal beneficiaries. When a disaster strikes the nation, the Foundation has always provided food-assistance to victims of the catastrophe.

In the last 20 years, Akshaya Patra has worked on a public-private partnership basis, which includes partnership with The Government of India, State Governments, corporate partners and millions of individual donors. On every single day hot, nutritious, locally palatable meals are provided to children. The NGO in India has received appreciation for its mid-day meal service in India.

Akshaya Patra’s 20 Year Journey


20th Anniversary celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Normal life was affected; labourers and daily-wage workers lost their job. Akshaya Patra joined hands with the Government of India and started the COVID-19 Relief Service. As a part of this programme, cooked meals and grocery kits were distributed to the needy people of India and their families. It has served a cumulative of 10-crore meals amid the crisis.

Here is a glimpse of Akshaya Patra’s service over the years  –

Also, schools were shut and mid-day meal beneficiaries were bereaved of wholesome meals that were probably the only healthy meal they consumed in a day. To continue its core service towards school children, the organisation initiated the Happiness Kits Programme. Every Happiness Kit supports the nutritional, hygiene and educational aspects of children.
To know what goes into the Happiness Kit, click here.

You can donate online as a part of Akshaya Patra’s 20th Anniversary to help children get nurtured and nourished. All your support will help them gain food, education and a healthy future.

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Be a Part of Akshaya Patra’s Feeding Initiatives

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It is difficult times for most of us. We are wired in such a way that, in spite of this tough situation, there is a strong desire to help the people in need.

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” – Leo Tolstoy

More often than not, the question ‘How do I support them?’ lurks on our minds and we begin looking for answers. The most common answer lies in making donations to NGOs that support your cause. There are over 3 million NGOs in India that work towards different causes.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that works towards its core cause of feeding unlimited food for education to school children. It serves mid-day meals to Government and Government-aided school children in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India.

Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 Relief Service
Apart from working towards its core cause, Akshaya Patra extends its feeding services to people who are affected during crisis hours. To help the needy people during the pandemic, the NGO started its COVID-19 Feeding Relief Service. By working in coordination with the State Governments, District Authorities and with the help of individual donors and corporate partners, Akshaya Patra has:
• Served over 4-crore freshly cooked meals to the needy
• Supported more than 8 lakhs marginalised families with essential grocery kits
• Begun its initiative to support nutrition and education of mid-day meal beneficiaries by providing Happiness Kits

Make online donations to support Akshaya Patra
You can be a part of Akshaya Patra by supporting its relief initiatives by donating online or conducting fundraising campaigns:

Create a Birthday Fundraising Campaign
If you have a birthday coming up, make it special by celebrating it in a unique way. You can create a birthday fundraiser and feed the needy people with the amount you receive as support from your family, friends and relatives.

Create a COVID-19 Relief Fundraising Campaign
To maximize your support for the needy, you can create a COVID-19 fundraiser. With these funds you will be able to provide cooked meals, grocery kits and Happiness kits to the needy and mid-day meals beneficiaries respectively.

CSR partnership
Many opportunities are available for companies who have partnered with Akshaya Patra. You can donate as a part of your CSR activity to help the needy people get access to wholesome meals every day.

How does your donation help?
Shivanand Malali from Hubballi, Karnataka was stranded at a railway station for two days. Since he wasn’t able to book a ticket due to lack of money, he decided to walk back home. Teary-eyed, he says, “After three days, I found shelter in BCM Hostel, I’m grateful for all the help that I received at the right time. After I got to know that it was Akshaya Patra that was feeding meals to all of us at the Hostel, I was relieved. I knew that I’ll not only get food, but it will be fresh and hygienic too.”
There are millions like Shivanand Malali stranded without jobs, shelter or food. Your donation can make a world of difference to them when they least expect it.

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