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:
http://www.akshayapatra.org/

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

I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda

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33 Thoughts on “Akshaya Patra Foundation — Feeding India’s children

  1. Had heard about it, got to read in detail today, will go thru the links too.
    Thanks

  2. Nice article.
    Nutritive diet is important for young ones.

  3. very noble cause,
    nice presentation.

  4. @bbsearchingself It is indeed a great cause.

    @Chandrika Yes, nutrition is very important for the children.

    @Maun Vision Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words.

  5. Glad to see so many bloggers joining hands to feed the future souls of India!

  6. thanks for sharing info about NGO

  7. @Mohan Welcome to my blog! Yes, it is indeed heartening to see so many promote a good cause.

    @sm Thank you!

  8. Have heard about it earlier too. A commendable job. And you are doing good to spread the word around.

  9. Good one. Promoted you on indivine. I like to correct that they are not providing money from their own pocket but collect money from individuals and organizations.

    commented on this line:

    “They provide 50% of the funds from their own pockets and the remaining are given by the government.”

  10. I am so out of news I have never heard of this .. thank you for all the info.. and its such a noble cause …

    Bikram’s

  11. @Holy Lama I have myself contributed to this cause and hope that more of us come forward to help out in this great cause. Thank you for the appreciation.

    @Satya Prakash Thank you Satya and welcome to my blog. Yes, you are right! When I said that 50% of the funds is contributed by them, I meant not personally but through donations and fund-raising exercises. Point noted!

    @Bikramjit One can’t blame you. You are not in India, so you might have missed on this organization’s efforts. But, there are so many articles like the one in Time, Wharton, Times of India where articles featuring them have appeared.

  12. noble cause..they deserve a pat..whenever i visit blore, i do talk to them personally on this..jus luv this work…

  13. noble cause..they deserve a pat..whenever i visit blore, i do talk to them personally on this..jus luv this work…

  14. a informative write up to high light the great cause!

  15. @Ramesh Thank you and they do deserve a pat.

    @Arpana Thank you for visiting my space and for your warm words.

  16. I had read this in news papers before ,but got to know in depth.good to know that they are genuinely doing something.

  17. Good cause taken up.

  18. @Raji and Jagdish Thanks so much!

  19. We talk about development and India leading the world in 25 years.We have the youngest population in the world.It is a frightening statistics you mentioned.And sad as well.Where is this so called development going?

  20. @dr. antony I know, we are so far behind on all the human parameters including those involving the children and the women. Really, where is the great prosperity and fairness in our country?

  21. Nice presentation to such a noble cause. Keep it up.

  22. @Game of Mind Thank you!

  23. Got to know about it now. Great to know of such a noble cause 🙂

  24. Thanks Destiny’s Child!

  25. Nice Blog about Akshaya Patra foundation commendable job! keep posting

  26. written for a noble cause.great!

  27. Thanks Naveen, Sharon and Pratibha!

  28. i thank you on behalf of Akshaya Patra for the wonderful blog. hope to see you on the bloggers meet

  29. Akshya patra`s efforts are really nice,…

  30. @Sarmishtha Thanks so much. Sorry I won’t be able to attend the meet due to prior engagements.

    @Sushant Welcome to my blog. Thanks, I feel they truly are doing a commendable job.

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  32. I love the noble initiative by Akshaya Patra.
    May we remove classroom hunger

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