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Bangladeshi delegates visit Akshaya Patra’s Bengaluru and Lucknow kitchens

widget150x150inIn order to get an understanding of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme of India and Centralized Kitchen Management of India, six delegates from Bangladesh visited the Foundation’s Bengaluru and Lucknow centralised kitchens from July 17-20, 2017. They also interacted with Shridhar Venkar – CEO, Akshaya Patra and HODs (Head of Department), and visited beneficiary schools to meet children and the school administration.Read More

Akshaya Patra launches its 31st kitchen at Nellore

Nellore-kitchen-widget-150x150-inAkshaya Patra expanded its presence in Andhra Pradesh, with its 31st kitchen at Nellore. This kitchen, established with the support of pure play software testing company ZenQ, was inaugurated on July 17, 2017 by Mr Murali Bollu, Chief Executive Officer – ZenQ. The kitchen can feed upto 25,000 children every day; currently, it feeds 22,000 beneficiaries in 172 schools.Read More

 

UP Chief Minister serves food to Akshaya Patra beneficiaries

widget for .in 150-x-150On July 1, Akshaya Patra had the pleasure of serving food to Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. His visit was part of School Chalo Abhiyan and Vanutsav programme conducted at Lucknow. It was organized by Basic Education Department and Forest Department of UP Government.Read More

 

Ugandan delegates visit Ahmedabad kitchen

Widgetfor.in150x150On June 29, 2017, Ugandan Parliament member, Honourable Babirye Kityo Sarah Breeze – Representative of the Youth (Central region), visited our Ahmedabad kitchen with her team. She studied our different kitchen processes, such as preprocessing, roti-making, sukhadi and idli-cooking.Read More

 

Gujarat CM inaugurates Bhavnagar centralised kitchen

IN WidgetOn June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat. The kitchen, which has the capacity to cook mid-day meals for 50,000 children, was inaugurated by Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat at Jawahar Ground, Bhavnagar.Read More

 

Feed the Future Now launched on the eve of World Hunger Day

FTFN - IN WidgetOn May 27, 2017, the eve of World Hunger Day, Akshaya Patra launched a nation-wide movement called Feed the Future Now – this campaign is supported by nine leading corporates and the Government of India. Christened as ‘Feed the Future Now’, this movement is set to serve 5 Billion Meals to children across India by 2020 with a view to create a Nourished India, Educated India.Read More

 

PRCI & Akshaya Patra discuss how ‘You can be the change’

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On May 5, 2017, Akshaya Patra and Public Relation Council of India (PRCI) conducted an engaging panel discussion at Rangasthala, Rangoli – Metro Art Centre, Bengaluru. The dialogue presented talks on how common man can bring in a change in child welfare following the theme ‘You can be the change.’Read More

 

God’s Own Kitchen – Book on Akshaya Patra’s journey launched in Bengaluru

Widget for .in - 150x150Akshaya Patra’s journey is now a book by author Rashmi Bansal – ‘God’s Own Kitchen: The Inspiring story of Akshaya Patra’. Published by Westland, it was launched by Ms Bansal on April 22, 2017 at ISKCON, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru in the presence of Honourable Justice, Shri Santosh Hegde; TV Mohandas Pai, Independent Trustee, Akshaya Patra; Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman; Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman and Shridhar Venkat, CEO.Read More

SBI Foundation donates towards hot insulated vessels

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On March 27, 2017, Akshaya Patra received a cheque of Rs 88 lakhs from CSR wing of State Bank of India (SBI) which will be invested towards 1,250 hot insulated vessels. The vessels, customised to maintain food temperature for several hours, will be distributed in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Nathdwara kitchens.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra to support education of Reang Tribe children in Tripura

In an initiative to recognise, nurture and build talent among marginalised families in Tripura, Great India Talent School (also known as Mahan Bharat Pratibha Vidyalaya) was inaugurated in Kashiram Para, Kanchanpur Sub-division, Tripura on March29, 2017. This project, which has been initiated and led by Great India Talent Foundation, will receive support from Akshaya Patra and Sadhak Ratanmani Seva Sadan.Read More

We are opening a kitchen in Bhilwara

On March 29, 2017, Akshaya Patra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (RECL) to open a kitchen in Bhilwara.  The MOU was signed in the presence of Mr Harsh Baweja, Chief Project Manager of RECL Jaipur; Shri Govind Dasa, President of Akshaya Patra Rajasthan; and Shri Raghupati Dasa, Programme Coordinator – Akshaya Patra Jaipur…Read More

Shriram Properties donates Meal Delivery Vans

In January 2017, Shriram Properties – one of the leading real estate companies, donated mid-day meal delivery vans (also known as the blue bus) to Akshaya Patra. In total, the vans are valued at Rs 32 lakhs and are equipped to maintain a dust-free environment and optimal temperature to retain freshness of meals..Read More

 

Akshaya Patra’s first roti-making machine in South India

Akshaya Patra inaugurated its first roti-making machine in South India at Ballari kitchen. The 40-feet machine, donated by Vijaya Bank as part of its CSR activities, is fully automated and has the capacity to produce 20,000 rotis per hour. As of January 2017, centralised kitchen in Ballari which is ISO certified, prepares mid-day meals for 1,11,333 children in and around this district.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra Participates in 11th International Conference on CSR
Our CEO, Shridhar Venkat, recently presented his views at the 11th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru on January 21, 2017. Organised by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India, in association with Times Now, the theme for the conference this year was ‘Embedding CSR in Corporate Strategy for Responsible Growth.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra CEO delivers a presentation at FAO’s Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger Challenge
Akshaya Patra’s CEO Shridhar Venkat delivered a presentation at the United Nations’ Food and
Agriculture Organization’s Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger Challenge in Bangkok, Thailand.He
discussed the Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme and how The Akshaya Patra Foundation could
contribute to the growth of Neglected and Underutilised crops.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra to set up 11 new kitchens in Uttar Pradesh
Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, performed the groundbreaking ceremony (Shilanyas) for 11 Akshaya Patra kitchens in Uttar Pradesh. These kitchens will be functional from the next academic year and take the Foundation’s reach to a total of 13 lakh or 1.3 million beneficiaries in the state.Read More

 

Foundation laid for first high-tech mega kitchen in Telangana
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Akshaya Patra and the Infosys Foundation laid the foundation stone for Telangana’s first high-tech, Centralised Mega Kitchen in Khandi on December 7, 2016. The Infosys Foundation, which will cover the entire construction cost of this kitchen, has donated Rs 18.03 crores towards it. The kitchen will provide meals to over 1,00,000 school children in Telangana from the next academic year.Read More

Meet Akshaya Patra’s First Youth Ambassador
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On October 24, 2016, during ‘An Evening of Hope’ event, The Akshaya Patra Foundation had the pleasure of introducing its first Youth Ambassador – Shivant Malkani, a student and an author of ‘Food’.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra Opens its Second Food Safety Laboratory
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Akshaya Patra inaugurates its second state-of-the-art Food Safety and Quality Control Laboratory (FSQC Lab) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.Read More

 

 

Akshaya Patra receives Kalam Memorial Award, 2016
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On October 15, 2016, The Akshaya Patra Foundation was awarded with the prestigious Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2016 (KIGA 2016). The award was presented during the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit on ‘Innovation in Governance’ held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra Wins Lean Sigma Award 2016
widgetinAkshaya Patra was presented the CII National Lean Sigma Award at the 10th Lean Sigma National Level Competition held in Bengaluru from September 1 to 2, 2016 and conducted by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).Read More

 

 

Akshaya Patra Celebrates 2 Billion Meals Milestone
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Akshaya Patra celebrated the serving of two billion meals in the presence of Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The event held on August 27, 2016 at ISKCON Bengaluru, was attended by eminent political figures and well-wishers.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra to Open Kitchen in Ajmer
rajasthan-kitchen-inThe Akshaya Patra Foundation has signed an agreement with the Government of Rajasthan to implement Mid-Day Meal Programme in Ajmer—fifth centre in the state for the Foundation. The programme is currently operational in four cities in the state serving meals to over 135,000 beneficiaries.Read More

 

ET Now’s Lufthansa Runway to Success features Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa
runway-to-success-inShri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra was invited to be on the television show – Lufthansa Runway to Success. The series is a multi-staged initiative to showcase the spirit of Indian entrepreneurship and motivational stories of today’s icons.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra receives Nikkei Asia Prize
nikkei-inThe Akshaya Patra Foundation was honoured the Nikkei Asia Prize – one of the most prestigious awards in Asia – for its significant achievements in the ‘Economic and Business Innovation’ category. Among the rich credentials that The Foundation is proud of, Nikkei Asia Prize is one.Read More

Akshaya Patra wins at the AVA Digital Awards 2016
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Akshaya Patra’s latest online video, “Giving Every Dream A Chance” has garnered a Platinum Award – the competition’s highest recognition, under the category of ‘Online Video.’ This year’s competition saw approximately 2,500 entries from throughout the United States and 17 other countries. The vying entries are judged by industry professionals.Read More

Akshaya Patra Vadodara wins at the True Impact Awards
150-X-150-Akshaya Patra’s Vadodara unit participated and won the True Impact Award in the not-for-profit category on 19 February, 2016. This award was given to Akshaya Patra by the District CSR Cell of the Vadodara Corporate Office for its best operation processes and activities successfully implemented in running the Mid-Day Meal Programme in Vadodara.Read More


Gold at LACP 2014/15 Vision Awards
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The Akshaya Patra Foundation has won Gold at the LACP (League of American Communications Professionals LLC) 2014/15 Vision Awards in the Annual Report Competition in the non-profits category. The Foundation has grabbed the 37th spot in the top 50 annual reports globally. It is Akshaya Patra’s fifth consecutive win at the coveted LACP awards.Read More


Prof. Muhammad Yunus Visits Hubballi Kitchen
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Nobel Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank, Prof. Muhammad Yunus visited Akshaya Patra’s Hubballi kitchen on 7 February, 2016. Anousheh Ansari, Co-founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Prodea Systems & Dr “Desh” Deshpande of the Deshpande Foundation also accompanied him for the kitchen visit. Sridhar Venkat, CEO-Akshaya Patra warmly greeted the dignitaries.Read More


Akshaya Patra wins four awards at the PRCI Collateral Awards

For-in-banner-150x150The Akshaya Patra Foundation bagged a Platinum award at the PRCI (Public Relations Council of India) Global Communications Conclave, which was held on 22 and 23 January, 2016 in Kolkata. In addition to this, the Foundation also won Silver for its table top calendar and a Bronze each for its documentary film and digital newsletter.Read More


Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra conferred with Padma Shri
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On 26 January, 2016 Akshaya Patra’s Chairman Madhu Pandit Dasa was conferred with Padma Shri. The award was bestowed in recognition of Akshaya Patra’s  illustrious service towards  ending classroom hunger for the children of India. Under his leadership the Foundation has grown from feeding 1500 children to 1.5 million children every school day.Read More


Idea Launch Event in Gujarat

150x150On 10, 11 and 12 December, 2015 Akshaya Patra organised the Idea Cellular Launch Event across three locations in Gujarat namely Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Surat respectively. Dignitaries from Idea Gujarat attended the event to mark this remarkable partnership between Idea and Akshaya Patra. The event included kitchen tour, school visit, and food distribution. The dignitaries acknowledged and congratulated the Foundation for its commendable contribution to the society.Read More

Minister of Home Affairs, Sri Rajnath Singh visits Lucknow Kitchen.

img-01Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Sri Rajnath Singh visited Akshaya Patra’s Lucknow kitchen on 27 December, 2015 to grace a function organised by the Foundation to celebrate one year of kitchen operation. At the occasion, the honourable Minister unveiled the Foundation’s Annual Report 2014-2015 and also participated in a tree plantation ceremony.Read More

 

Best NGO at Mother Teresa Awards 2014

The Akshaya Patra Foundation was conferred the 14th Mother Teresa Award for Best NGO! The award was handed over to the organisation by Konijeti Rosaiah Governor of Tamil Nadu. The awards ceremony was held at the Loyola College of Business Administration (LIBA), and provided to those organisations that have contributed greatly to the welfare of community.

Platinum win at the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards
Akshaya Patra’s Annual Report 2013-14 received Platinum in the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards. These awards had the participation of around 6,000 entries from US, Canada and other countries. Of the winning entries, only 15 per cent received Platinum, 22 per cent got Gold, and 11 per cent got Honourable Mention.Read More

 

The Akshaya Patra Foundation begins its Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen operations in Nepal
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, through a joint initiative with the Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha, has opened an Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project in Nepal to provide nutritious food to the afflicted region. The kitchen started operations on 19th June, 2015 serving 1,100 meals to Bode, one of the 11 regions being served by the kitchen. The next morning, the kitchen served food to 5,500 residents of the emergency camps set up in the area.Read More

Ranveer Singh kick starts the Ching’s Secret ‘India Ke Hunger Ki Bajao’ campaign
Ching’s Secret and Akshaya Patra have launched a campaign ‘India Ke Hunger Ki Bajao’ to fight hunger in the country. The campaign was launched by Ching’s Brand Ambassador Ranveer Singh. Ranveer has been very involved in the programme over the last few months and has made a generous contribution to kick things off.Read More


Akshaya Patra to construct field kitchen facility in Nepal

Akshaya Patra is constructing a field kitchen facility to provide nutritious food to the earthquake afflicted areas of Nepal. The kitchen will be constructed in Bhaktapur, 14 kilometers from Kathmandu. Once constructed the kitchen will have the capacity to produce up to 100,000 meals in a day. The kitchen is being constructed with the support of the Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha.Read More

Received ‘Award of Excellence’ in the 21st Annual Communicator Awards
Akshaya Patra won three awards at the 21st Annual Communicator Awards. The Foundation won the highest Award for Excellence for the Annual Report 2013-14 in the Print not-for-profit category, and for the film ‘The Possibilities’ in the Video not-for-profit category. Akshaya Patra also received the Distinction Award for the Annual Report for Overall Design.Read More

 

Winner of Asian MAKE 2014 Award by CII
Akshaya Patra was the recipient of the MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise) award by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) recently. The award was handed over to Akshaya Patra at the CII National Knowledge Summit 2015, where the theme was establishing pathways to a ‘Digital India’.Read More

 

Akshaya Patra’s first Food Safety and Quality Control Lab opens
Akshaya Patra’s first Food Safety and Quality Control Lab (FSQC Lab) has been opened in Ahmedabad. Sponsored by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, the lab was inaugurated by Dr Alok Srivastava, Senior Principal Scientist, Dept of Food safety and Quality Control Lab; Dr Sanjiv Phalsankar, Programme Director, Tata Trusts; Representatives from the Food and Drugs Control Administration, Government of Gujarat and members from Akshaya Patra. The lab has been fitted with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate food from farm to plate.Read More

Akhilesh Yadav Inaugurates Lucknow Kitchen
lucknow-kitchen-inaugurationChief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated Akshaya Patra’s kitchen in Lucknow on 15th March, 2015. The other dignitaries present for the grand opening of Akshaya Patra’s second kitchen in the state were Ram Govind Chaudhary,Minister for Basic Education and representatives of the Caterpillar Foundation, the principal investor in the kitchen.Read More


‘The Possibilities’ wins Platinum at AVA Digital Awards 2015

ava-digital-awards‘The Possibilities’ the newest film released by Akshaya Patra was granted Platinum at the AVA Digital Awards 2015 recently. The Foundation received this award in the ‘Video for web/nonprofit’ category. The competition was fierce with around 2,500 entries being submitted from 18 countries worldwide. The AVA Digital Awards is a tribute to the growth of the audio-visual and web industries.Read More


Akshaya Patra hosted ‘A Wall of Hope and Joy – 2015’

an-eye-level-view-of-wall-of-hope-and-joyAkshaya Patra hosted ‘A Wall of Hope and Joy – 2015’, the Foundation’s annual photography exhibition recently. Conducted from the 24th to 26th of January in Bangalore the exhibition saw crowds of people dropping by to see the beautiful pictures, as well as coverage from local media. Aside from organisation images the exhibition also held the top 50 images from the recently concluded photography contest, Click a Smile 2014.Read More

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