The Akshaya Patra Foundation, one of the world's largest NGO-run midday meal programs is a leading organization that simultaneously addresses two of the most immediate challenges facing India, hunger and access to education, through its school lunch program. Launched modestly in 2000 to feed 1500 children in five schools, the Akshaya Patra program now feeds 1.3 million children DAILY in over 9,000 schools through 21 kitchens in 10 states in India. The meal serves as an incentive for children to come to school and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need to focus on learning. For many children this is their only complete meal for the day.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a public-private partnership, combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver school lunch at a fraction of the cost of similar programs in other parts of the world. It costs Akshaya Patra $15 to feed a child for an entire year.
Our next goal is to feed 5 million children by 2020. We thank you and look forward to your support.