The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a children charitable trust in India. This charitable trust in India was started in June 2000 in Bengaluru. It implements the mid-day meal programme in Government schools under the aegis of Central Government and various State Governments. This charity for children serves mid-day meals to 1.6 million school children every day.
Though the primary role of this charitable trust in India is to provide mid-day meal to school children, yet it greatly emphasises on education too. “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”- the vision statement of the Foundation further makes it evident. The first step toward this vision was taken by Akshaya Patra by feeding 1500 children in 5 Government schools of Bangalore. This humble beginning gradually led this charitable trust in India to spread its reach beyond just one location.
Currently, the total reach of this charity for children in Karnataka is 4,86,172 children across 2,968 schools. The reach of this charity for children in Andhra Pradesh is 49,409 children in 290 schools. It feeds 47,249 children in Assam’s 607 schools. 29,835 children of 192 schools in Chhattisgarh gets mid-day meal every day by this charitable trust in India. In Gujarat, it reaches out to 3,94,709 children covering 1,532 schools. In Maharashtra, the Foundation serves meals 5,728 children in 48 schools. In Odisha, it presently serves mid-day meals to 1,840 schools thereby nourishing 1,80,140 children. The total reach of this charity for children in Rajasthan is 1,70,723 children in 2,672 schools. 2,11,680 children of 3,021 schools is the current reach of this charitable trust in Uttar Pradesh. Akshaya Patra in Tamil Nadu feeds around 731 children in 1 school. The charity reaches out to 62,020 children of 463 schools in Telangana. In Tripura, 671 children from 2 schools are benefitted by Akshaya Patra’s programme. On the whole, the total reach of children charitable trust in India is 1.6 million children across 13,808 Government schools.
Apart from regular mid-day meal programme, Akshaya Patra has also taken up other feeding initiatives like the below mentioned:
- Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
- Feeding in special schools
- Subsidised lunch for the economically backward
- Feeding runaway children
- Feeding in old-age homes
- Feeding the homeless
- Disaster relief
Apart from the above feeding initiatives this children charitable trust in India also works towards other social initiatives like:
- After Class Tuitions
- Life Skills Programme
- Community Health Camps
- Scholarship Programmes
- Disaster Relief
- Health Check-up Camps
This charity in India is a strategic Member of National Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. By continuing to provide ‘unlimited food for education,’ Akshaya Patra in India aims to feed 5 million children by 2020.