The Akshaya Patra Foundation
About the The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-governmental organisation in India.The headquarters of the organisation is in Bengaluru, started in the year 2000 just by serving the mid-day meal to 1500 government school children. Today the foundation serves wholesome nutritious meals to 1.6 million government and government aided school children on every working day across 12 states of India. In 32 locations the foundation operates 33 kitchens. In that 30 are centralised and 2 are decentralised kitchens. Akshaya Patra has it's presence in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
The foundation's vision is 'no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger' and mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020.
While Mid-Day Meal Programme is Akshaya Patra’s chief focus, disaster relief is important feeding initiative where the organisation stands in the foreground to aid the victims. In 2015, after Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake of 7.8 & 7.3 magnitude, all efforts of food distribution were made available by Akshaya Patra by setting up field kitchens to support emergency meal distribution. One of the kitchens was set up in Bhaktpur (14 km from Kathmandu) – known as Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project and had the capacity to cook 10,000 meals in a span of one hour. Akshaya Patra also airlifted cooked meals from Jaipur kitchen to Delhi and then to Nepal. During Chennai floods, Akshaya Patra began serving daily meals as relief efforts with a team of 10 to 30 people. Dealing with aftermath of natural disasters is difficult as all the necessities get affected. Since Akshaya Patra has had knowledge of cooking food in large quantities, the organisation was comfortable to assist people and the region by providing them a basic need - food.
Nepal Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen
The earthquake that struck Nepal on the 25th of April and its aftershock claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions. To help the survivors Tata Trusts, in a joint initiative with Akshaya Patra and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha (SSS), facilitated the setup of an Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen in the region.
Chennai flood relief initiative
During 2015 chennai floods, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has served 10,000 meals per day for the affected people.
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen
Akshaya Patra understands that nobody is bigger than their dreams and that every dream should be given a chance. So the dream project ‘Giving Every Dream a Chance’ was propelled where dreams would become a reality and no dream would ever miss its chance.
Giving every dream a chance
Akshaya Patra gave an opportunity for its beneficiaries who are dreaming big.
- Giving every dream a chance
Akshaya Patra provides food for government and government aided school children under mid-day meal scheme in partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments. The objective of the programme is to fight hunger and bring children back to school.