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

Sponsor mid day meals to children in Uttar Pradesh


Every monthly donation helps more kids like Rohit get midday meals

There are certain areas in our country where, even today, education is not seen as an important. Seven-year-old Rohit stays in one such village in Uttar Pradesh. His parents were not interested in sending him to school. With their poverty, education became not as important for them.

When the mid-day meal program started, they finally agreed to send him to school. In the beginning, he was only interested in the food and did not pay attention in class. However, over time, he started taking interest in his studies.

He has been a regular student for the past two years. Rohit's mid-day meal has been his access to education. One healthy meal can make a big difference for a child's future.


By donating to this program

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

About The Program

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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 the mid-day meal for a child in a school in Uttar Pradesh for one year. This may be the only good meal they eat in a day and will help them 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

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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

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Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Mid-day Meal for government school children


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Akshaya Patra reaches out to 2,23,608 children in 3 kitchens at Uttar Pradesh in India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. Currently, we implement the mid-day meal programme in 3490 schools of Uttar Pradesh, with plans to increase that number to hundreds more.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic we are providing Happiness Kits to our mid-day meal beneficiaries. The cost per happiness kit is Rs. 550/-.
Each Happiness Kit will be packed with nutritious food items, immunity boosters, hygiene kit and learning materials.
Today, Akshaya Patra has 52 kitchens spread across 12 states & 2 Union territories of India, a result of the successful partnership with the Government of India, various State Governments and generous supporters.

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

As a 15-year old boy, Aditya, studies in Village Panchayat Primary School at Ulas Khera, Lucknow. In a classroom where everyone sits on the floor, Aditya sits on a bench. While some might call it an oddity, the teachers explain that he is differently abled. The school authorities have considered it as an exceptional case and provides him a bench. When Aditya was three, he suffered a fall while playing in his house. The fall had affected his limbs, and as a result, he is not able to bend his knees, use his hands to hold or pick heavy things, or turn his neck. If the school authorities are compassionate enough to arrange a bench for him, his friends — Anuj, Vishesh, and Ravindra — are kind enough to help him with academics. With all his difficulties, his brilliance ploughs through and comes to the fore. The child is a prodigy. Budhi Kashyap, Aditya’s father, is a small-time farmer from Ulas Khera, Lucknow. He is a typical man of the soil in his early 50s, with greying hair and a stubble. His family comprises his wife, Kalavati; six sons, and four daughters — three of whom are married. Aditya is his ninth child. He admits that it is difficult to sustain such a large family. He likes the food that is served in the school. He likes kheer and dalchawal the most.”It is interesting to note that harnessing solar energy is not a part of his school syllabus. When asked from where he got the idea, “(from) my mind,” he quips, breaking into a mischievous smile. He then narrates a story of how, when on one of their visits to a temple, he saw solar panels being used to power streetlights. He not only understood the theory of the concept, but even applied it effectively. On enquiring if he will be able to power a bigger fan or light if he is provided a bigger solar panel; he is quick to explain that it is dangerous as there is a possibility of getting electrocuted. He is well aware of the hazards of electricity. He knows where to draw the line. “My mother thinks this is dangerous,” he smirks pointing at the battery and wires, “She thinks I’ll get stuck to these wires.” In his free time at home, Aditya watches cartoons on TV— his favourite cartoon being Motu Patlu. In the school, his best friends Anuj, Vishesh, and Ravindra, help him in studies and also play Ludo with him. Despite his interest in electronics, Aditya wants to teach computers to children. His interest in computers is surprising, considering that the school doesn’t have computers as a subject as of now. Akshaya Patra and ITI have tied up to provide a computer lab to the school. As of now, the children are only taught theory and yet, Aditya seems to have grown fond of it. For Aditya, the larger goal in life is to get well educated. “I like literate people,” he says, “I want to be like them.”

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 locatedUttar Pradesh
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

As she stood there looking at the bunch of medals that she won over the last four years, her eyes twinkled with a sense of achievement. A Std VI student from the Salempur-Pataura Primary School in Kakori, Lucknow, Archana has become an inspiration for children not just in her village, but also in neighboring villages.

Archana's tryst with track-and-field began when she was in Std III in Village Panchayat Primary School in Ramnagar, Lucknow. It was Abdul Rauf -- 'Rauf Sir' for her and the family -- who introduced her to the world of athletics.

In 2016, she participated in four events: long jump, and 100m, 200m, and 400m sprint, and bagged Gold in each of them.

Rauf Sir's contribution to her life has been inspiring and motivating for her. He is full of praises for Archana. "We identified her talent in Std III itself and decided to groom her at the young age," he said. All along, Rauf Sir and other teachers continued to support her; they built a sand pit for her to practice long jump; they helped her with the route, and even ensured that she doesn't miss out on academics because of her practice.

Talking about Akshaya Patra's meals served at school, Archana says, "When I am training, I need to eat a lot of nutritious food. So I am happy that we get it in our school." It is not surprising that she looks forward to Akshaya Patra's food every day. Her favorite is Dal Chawal. Archana wants to join the police force and serve the nation.

"If her father was there," she said, "he would have been very happy. In fact, he would have done much more to see Archana succeed."

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