Sponsor mid day meals to children in Uttar Pradesh

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.


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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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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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Ngo Founder
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Shridhar Venkat

Area of Operation
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Mid-day Meals | children

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

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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 by GiveIndia

December 2018

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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."

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