Sponsor mid day meals to children in Karnataka by The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Sponsor mid day meals to children in Karnataka


Every monthly donation helps more kids like Anjali get midday meals

Anjali, Pooja, and Chandu are siblings. Their parents have separated and they live with their father and do not meet their mother. Their father went into debt due to some livelihood issues.

He could not cope with being a single parent and wasn't able to care for them and they were left struggling even for food. They study in Government Higher Primary School, Mysore, Karnataka. The mid-day meal by The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the only thing they look forward to in the day. Anjali says that they love the food they get at the school because it is a lot like the way their mother used to prepare.

It takes very little to help children like Anjali have a decent meal a day.


By donating to this program

you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Program Description

The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides underprivileged children with a healthy meal a day. The surest way to break this cycle of poverty is through education. Education can improve the quality of life for generations to come.

When the basic needs of a child are not met, education often becomes the last priority. At times like that, a mid-day meal is an incentive for them to continue their education and reduces the dropout rate.

The food is cooked in centralized kitchens and the program is implemented across schools in partnership with the government of India.

Close to 1.5 million children in 10 states are provided with mid-day meals. Donate to this program and you will support one child in a school in a government school in Karnataka. This may be the only good meal they eat in a day and will help them focus on their education without fear

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About The NGO

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
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The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was founded in Bengaluru, India to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the government and government-aided schools. Aiming also to bring children to school, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day.

Continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children, their state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study attracting curious visitors from around the world. With humble beginnings of serving just 1,500 children across 5 schools their program has become the world's largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.6 million children from 13,839 schools across 12 states in India.

Their efforts have been recognized nationally and internationally with awards like CII National Food Safety Awards by the CII Food Safety, International ARC Award by the International ARC honoring outstanding achievements in annual reports and Nikkei Asia Prize by the Nikkei in Economic and Business Innovation. Their mission to feed 5 million children by 2020 reflects the 6,550 strong staff's commitment that no child in India shall be deprived of Education because of Hunger.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Shridhar Venkat

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Mid-day Meals | children

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Rajasthan | Odisha | Karnataka | Gujarat | Assam | Uttar Pradesh

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: Ashoka Changemaker School

2016: International Award for Young People

2016: Noble Service Award

2015: Social Innovation and Iconic Leadership Award

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 August, 2020

A visit to the kitchen and food distribution by the donors


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A visit to the kitchen and food distribution by the donors

On 11 December 2019, at the CII Food Safety Quality & Regulatory Summit and Award Ceremony in New
Delhi, The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Bhavnagar kitchen bagged the prestigious CII Award for Outstanding
Performance and the Thane kitchen received CII Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment to Good
Manufacturing Practices.
On 20 February 2020, Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Kamal Nath graced the occasion of
Bhumi Pujan of The Akshaya Patra Foundation at Chhindwara district. The dignitaries present along with the
Chief Minister were Shri Nakul Nath, MP of Lok Sabha; Shri Ravi Jhunjhunwala, President of HEG Ltd.; and
Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
The Foundation’s Chhindwara kitchen aims to feed healthy and nutritious meals to 7,000 students in 116
Government and Government-aided schools within the first phase. In the second phase, Akshaya Patra aims to
serve school meals to 15,000 students over a period of six months.

3 December, 2019

Awards and kitchen inauguration in progress


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Awards and kitchen inauguration in progress

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Akshaya Patra reaches out to 1,762,133 children in 42 locations across 12 states of India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. Currently, we implement the mid-day meal programme in 15,024 schools of the country, with plans to increase that number to hundreds more.The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been chosen as the BBC World Service’s Global Food Champion 2019.

Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Hon’ble Vice-Chairman of Akshaya Patra, received the award at a ceremony held in Bristol City Council, United Kingdom. The CEO of Akshaya Patra UK, Mr Bhawani Shekhawat also attended the award ceremony.

This was the third edition of Global Food Champion, an annual award that honours people or causes that help societies and inspire lives. In 2018, a very talented chef and caring humanitarian, Mr Jose Andres – the man who helped provide 3.4 million meals to people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria – won the award.

Story from the field

My name is Megha. I am studying in Standard VII at GMHPS, Bellandur, Bengaluru. I love my school very much.
As a survivor of poor childhood nutrition, I have learnt how proper nutrition helps a person to stay healthy. Hence, I wish to pursue a career as a nutritionist. By becoming so, I want to educate people on proper meal planning and its role in keeping oneself free from diseases.
My mother says I was born weak. And, with less immunity, I was prone to falling sick often. During my early childhood, the doctors recommended my parents to provide me nutritious food. But, with the meagre income of my father, who works as a watchman, was not sufficient to buy nutritious meals for me. Therefore, they were worried for my health and survival!Thankfully, I was enrolled in a school in Standard I, where Akshaya Patra had been serving meals. Since then I had been relishing healthy school meals on every single school day. I have a younger brother too who studies in Standard V in the same school. Both of us are Akshaya Patra beneficiaries. Even though we go to school empty stomach, we come back home with tummy-filled happiness as Akshaya Patra serves unlimited tasty meals. As a result of having the nutritious meals daily, I could recover sooner and feel much healthier now.
I thank Akshaya Patra from the bottom of my heart for providing me nutritious mid-day meals regularly.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?2210806
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date3436000000
Village/City/State where project is locatedKarnataka
Total Budget for the project for FY18-193919640000
Total Expenses for the project YTD3435990000

30 October, 2018

The Akshaya Patra Foundation's Update


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Program Update

The noble cause of The Akshaya Patra Foundation began with serving school lunches to about 1,500 children in 2000 to 5 government schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The organisation, known for its dedicated service, now aspires to reach out to 5 million children daily by 2020.

Starting the cause with just 1 van delivering food from a kitchen in Bengaluru across the schools, the Akshaya Patra Foundation now serves over 1.7 million children across 14,173 schools in 12 states across India.

The programme embraced the vision that -
"No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger."

Today, through the partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as philanthropic donors; the organization runs the world's largest mid-day meal programme. Built on a public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver a nutritious and hygienic school lunch.

Story from the field

Nikath, a student of standard 7 from GHPS school, Hennur, Bangalore, aims to become a teacher. A coy child with twinkles in her eyes. While, we prepare to start the conversation with her, we realized her positive outlook.

She hails from a family of 7 members and her father is a rickshaw puller. Even in a situation of hardship, Nikath believes that education is very important to make us all empowered. She draws inspiration from her teachers and aspires to be one in future after completing her higher studies. She shares a passion for playing kabaddi and once, she starts playing it with her friends, you can see the gleam in her eyes.
These children are birds of high hopes and are willing to fly high and reach their dreams. However, hardships are never-ending for them, you can always be that little ray of hope that would brighten up their lives. There are many children who are looking out to your support, Nikath is among them.
While talking to Nikath about the Akshaya Patra school lunch, she happily said, "I love the pulav. The food is fresh and tasty."
There are many children like Nikath, who are looking forward to your support and love. The hardships of life can be really brutal, we as grownups are well-known to it. So it is important to safeguard our children and help them achive their dreams. Your support towards Akshaya Patra can transform lives of over 1.7 million children. Thank you for being the change-maker.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19
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