Sponsor wholesome mid-day meals for government school children in Assam for a month, INR 500
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Overview

The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) helps underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for. The meal is an incentive for them to continue their education. It helps reduce the dropout rate to an enormous extent and increases classroom attendance.

The Basics

Several underprivileged children in India are out of school and into child labour in order to earn a single meal in a day. The surest way to break this cycle of poverty is through education. Education can significantly improve the quality of life of a family for generations to come. When the basic needs of a child such as food are not met, education often becomes the last priority.

How It Works

• The food is cooked in centralized kitchens at different locations, which meets International Standard Organization (ISO) guidelines.
• The programme is implemented in partnership with the government of India and various State governments.
• Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to several school children across different states in India.

Statistics

• 10 – Number of states where the programme is run
• 10,661 – Number of schools where the programme is run
• 1.4 million – Number of children who are provided with mid-day meals through this programme
• 8.1 million – Number of underprivileged children in India who are into child labour due to lack of basic necessities like food.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Cost of 6 midday meals for a school month of rice, dal, mixed vegetables and weekly sweet dish 500.00
Unit Price 500
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Total 500
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Food for Education
Mrinmay Malakar, is a student at the Khudradadhi Lower Primary School, 12 kilometers from Guwahati, Assam. His father, the only earning member of the family, works as a labourer and mostly earns only Rs. 2000 per month.
The mid-day meal served in the school is a relief for the family. At home it is mostly rice, dal or pitha – a type of bread made of rice flour. Vegetables or lentils are not on the family menu every day. 
Mrinmay thus benefits from the wholesome nutritious meal given every school working day. He says mid-day meals is very important.

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