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

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Sponsor mid day meals to children in Rajasthan


Give a warm meal to a poor child like Kishan today.

Kishan is a 12-year-old boy from a small village called Baran in Rajasthan. His family belongs to the Saharia community, one of the most primitive tribes of India. The community is extremely poor and suffers from illiteracy and hunger.

Kishan’s father is a farmer and the only earning member of their family of six. They never had enough money to provide food for everyone. Kishan did not get proper nutrition and had no energy during the day.

Although his parents sent Kishan to school, they did not care too much about his education. He was not interested in studies and had trouble concentrating in class.

When The Akshaya Patra foundation began to work with his school, Kishan started getting fresh and tasty meals every day. This got him excited to come to school. Eating a nutritious meal for lunch every day also gave him the strength and energy he needed. He is now able to concentrate and take part in class as he is not hungry or sleepy anymore.

Kishan’s progress has motivated his parents to send their other children to school. They now have faith that their children will get the nutrition and education they need to sustain themselves while they try to move forward in life.

Your contribution will bring a warm meal to poor children who have no other source of nutrition. Contribute to help more children like Kishan get the food they need to learn and grow. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.


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About The Program

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Program Description

The Akshaya Patra Foundation helps underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy meal. The surest way to break this cycle of poverty is through education. Education can improve the quality of life of a family for future generations.

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 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 through this program.

Donate to this program and you will support one child in a school in a government school in Rajasthan get access to a meal. This may be the only good meal they eat in a day and will help resume their education.

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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

Madari Basti in Sanganer, Jaipur, has become synonymous with street magic. It is the bread and butter for most people residing there. Almost every household has one street magician to its credit. Some of them are veterans who can make a rubber snake come to life and dead pigeons fly, while others are amateurs who are learning the tricks of trade. For these budding street magicians, the first task is to learn the trick of making coins vanish in thin air and reappear in someone’s pockets or behind someone’s ears. One such upcoming entertainer is 12-year-old Sohil Khan. Sohil, a Std IV student in the Government Upper Primary School in Pratapnagar, Jaipur, is among the many children for whom school is a silver lining. Street magic has long been a form of art which has been passed on from one generation to the next. Of late, however, it has lost its sheen. Even the veterans of the trade want their children to get a proper job instead of walking the path of struggle that they have endured all this while. After Sohil’s mother passed away, his father, Umad Khan, married Jafran. He has three sons with his first wife: Sohil, Ronit, and Taufiq, and three with his second wife, Mohit, Tauheed, and Shoaib. Sohil and his younger brothers, Ronit and Taufiq live with their grandmother, a few blocks away. Both of them are in Std III in the same school as Sohil. His stepbrothers, in contrast, are too young to attend school.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?2024619
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date3063730000
Village/City/State where project is locatedRajasthan
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

Sohil is a Std IV student in the Government Upper Primary School in Pratapnagar, Jaipur. After Sohil's mother passed away, his father, Umad Khan, married Jafran. He has three sons with his first wife, and three with his second wife. Sohil and his younger brothers, Ronit and Taufiq live with their grandmother, a few blocks away. Both his brothers are in Std III in the same school as Sohil. His stepbrothers are too young to attend school.

"My grandfather taught magic to my father. He in turn taught it to me. I don't really like it, but I don't hate it either". Young Sohil aspires to become a doctor. He likes studying, Mathematics and English are his favourite subjects.

His intention is to earn good money and get his grandmother and his entire family out of the throes of poverty. "We have a small house, which is not in good shape. I want to renovate it and maybe add another floor, so that all of us can live together," he says. Sohil goes out on holidays to perform street magic in different parts of Jaipur and during vacations, he even goes to other locations with the elder boys in the neighbourhood and works as a jamura (assistant). Like other children, even Sohil likes to play with his friends. The idea of banter with friends brings about a smile on his face. Then there are days when, instead of stepping out to play, he has to step out to support the family. On a good day, he earns Rs 50-100, but on most days, it's around Rs 10-20. Sohil has fond memories of the time he spent with his father.

"We just taught them these tricks so that they can earn for themselves if need be, but I would prefer if they work hard and get a proper job instead of depending on Rs 40-50 that they earn from performing on the streets," says Sohil's grandmother. According to her, street magic had no future.

Sohil's family lives in such difficult conditions, so it isn't surprising that he likes the variety of food that is served at school. "My favourite is Dal Chawal, but we also get Roti, Halwa, Kheer, Rabdi and even biscuits and bananas at times." Even his grandmother is thankful that the three of them get one good meal in school.

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