Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO (Non-government Organization) based in Bangalore, and is a non-profit organization. Despite all its economic prosperity in certain areas, India lags behind on many social parameters. One of them is child nutrition and nourishment. 42% of the Indian children under the age of 5 are underweight. Most children belonging to the economically backward background are foregoing schooling to supplement their family’s income. In this scenario, the mid-day meal scheme was introduced by the Government of India in the 1960’s. In 2003, after a Supreme Court directive asking the State Governments to implement this initiative, the Government of Karnataka initiated a mid-day meal program for all government-funded schools and invited partnership from NGOs to help with the effort.
Akshaya Patra Foundation which was started by ISKCON Bangalore, joined wholeheartedly in this effort. They provide 50% of the funds from their own pockets and the remaining are given by the government. In their state-of-the-art kitchens, they churn out wholesome, fresh cooked meals, hygienically prepared and transported to over 6500 schools across 7 Indian states and feeding around 1.25 million children everyday. Statistics prove that this wholesome meal has seen better enrollment and lesser dropouts in the schools concerned. Their aim is to feed 5 million children by the year 2020.
Akshaya Patra Foundation’s efforts were recently praised by the US President Barack Obama who highlighted the fact that a partnership of committed people is capable of working wonders. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a wonderful organization, which is working towards the betterment of India’s children. They require donations to keep expanding and feeding more poor children. I contribute personally for this initiative regularly.
To learn more about them and their initiatives and to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit them here:
To know more about the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s efforts, you can read these articles
Time’s article about Akshaya Patra’s efforts
India Knowledge at Wharton
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