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History of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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, was born a determination that no child within a radius of ten miles from our centre should go hungry.

His inspiring resolve has helped us in making The Akshaya Patra Foundation, as what it is today.

In June 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation started the mid-day meal programme in Bangalore, Karnataka. The initial days of implementation were not smooth sailing for the organisation. But soon came the helping hands of Mohandas Pai, who took the initiative of donating the first vehicle to transport food to the schools; and Abhay Jain, who promised to bring in more donors to contribute for the further expansion of the programme.

The humble beginnings of the Foundation started with serving of the mid-day meals to 1500 children across five Government schools in Bangalore.

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 organisation 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.

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Snapshots From Clinton's Visit To Jaipur Kitchen
Bill Clinton, former President of the US, visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen in Jaipur as part of a three-day tour. He came to have a look into the mid-day meal programme. View the images in the gallery ...Read More

Stories of Hope


This Akshaya Patra Beneficiary is a true victor
Monica, an Akshaya Patra Beneficiary is a true victor in many aspects of life. Despite the obstacles, Monica has paved a way for herself while being grateful to those who have given her constant support. Her lively character is truly a sign of her Read More

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What can you get for Rs 750?

What can you get for Rs 750?
Either a lot. Or very little. But you'd be surprised to know that Akshaya Patra can feed a child for one whole academic year for Rs 750! Help us feed more children and keep them in school Read More