History of Akshaya Patra Foundation
The history of Akshaya Patra Foundation starts with a story of compassion.
Looking out of a window one day in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart breaking incident, came the determination that: No one within a ten mile radius of our center should go hungry.
It is his inspiration which helped us to create The Akshaya Patra Foundation as it is today.
We began this initiative with the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
In June 2000, we started our mid-day meal programme in Bangalore by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools. At that time there was no State run school meal programme in Karnataka. Within a few short weeks we had received hundreds of requests from teachers who expressed the dire need of such a scheme.
This overwhelming response was the impetus for the growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
In November 28, 2001 the Supreme Court of India passed an order which mandated that: "Cooked mid-day meal is to be provided in all the government and government-aided primary schools in all the states." Akshaya Patra was called in to give testimonies to the Supreme Court in order to implement the mandate.
By the time the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School Health and Education) extended its support to this noble cause in 2003, Akshaya Patra was already reaching out to 23,000 underprivileged children through the support of our donors.
With the partnership of the Government of India & various State governments, as well as the generosity of thousands of our supporters, we have grown from a small endeavor to a mammoth force that stretches across the country.
Now we are reaching out to 1.3 million children everyday.
For 12 years, we have been an international charity for children that has worked to transform a vision into a reality.
We will continue to do so…