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Celebrate the Joy of giving this Christmas with Akshaya Patra

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Christmas is here and all of us are busy decorating our houses, buying gifts, and prepping up for the celebration. This Christmas, add joy in the lives of needy children too and give a whole new meaning to your celebrations. This Christmas, celebrate with Akshaya Patra by gifting school meals to little children.

Christmas is the season of giving and spreading joy. Homes are filled with excited family members and relatives. Houses are adorned with Christmas tree laden with colourful decorative and lights. The colours – green, red, and white engulfs us all in the festive mood. We gift our near and dear ones and many of us also play games like Secret Santa.

The joy of giving need not necessarily mean materialistic gifts. Joy can be experienced by indulging in charitable activities too. Charity in itself gives a whole new meaning to celebrations. This Christmas, let there be no bounds to your joy of giving. Celebrate with Akshaya Patra by gifting school meals to children for whom receiving a plate full of hot, nutritious, and tasty meal on school days is the biggest joy.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India providing daily mid-day meals to school children. Currently, it serves wholesome and nutritious meals to 18,02,517 children across 51 locations in 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India, on all school days. The Foundation has been in the service of children for the past 19 years and aims to feed 50 lakh school children by 2025. When you donate to this mid-day meal NGO, you become a ray of hope for lakhs of determined children who wants to attend school regularly and are ready to overcome any hurdle to reach their goals.

Your contribution will gift these children the goodness of nutrition and support their education. Sound health and regular schooling will prepare them to be resourceful citizens in the near future. Your contribution will aid this NGO in India to expand its operations and services to more locations thereby benefiting more children with the goodness of wholesome meals. Nutrition and education are two of the everlasting gifts that have the potential to improve the lives of children. It empowers them to dream big; it empowers them to be skillful, resourceful, and achievers in their own fields.

Make this Christmas memorable by gifting ‘unlimited food for education’ to children. Donate now and experience the joy of giving!

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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.

Akshaya Patra in Karnataka
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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