Spotlight on Akshaya Patra Foundation - NPO providing unlimited food for education
By bayareadesi team on 07 Jul 2011
Today in spotlight is Akshya Patra Foundation a non-profit with the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger."
A public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra 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. The program started in 2000 by feeding 1,500 children from a temporary kitchen in Bangalore, India. Currently, we distribute freshly cooked, healthy meals daily to 1.3 million underprivileged children in 8,000 government schools through 19 kitchens in eight states in India.
In June 2000, we started our mid-day meal program in Bangalore by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools. At that time there was no State run school meal program in Karnataka. Within a few short weeks we had received hundreds of requests from teachers who expressed the dire need of such a scheme. This over whelming response was the impetus for the growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Now we are reaching out to 1.3 million children everyday.
The video outlines their mission, programs, how do they run and achievements over the past two decade.
Presenter: Madhu Sridhar, President & CEO, Akshaya Patra