• Akshaya Patra 17 year milestone

About Us

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, headquartered in Bengaluru, India, aims at ensuring that every school-going child is healthy and well-educated. The not-for-profit organisation, which started in 2000, has been serving wholesome meals to over 1.6 million children in 13,800+ schools across 12 states of India. Its school lunch programme, the largest such NGO-operated initiative in the world, is implemented with the support of the Government of India and various State Governments. The Foundation also receives inestimable support from businesses and philanthropic donors. Its mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020.

While the organisation strives to fight hunger by serving school lunch to children in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra also encourages them to get back to school and choose education over work. To increase productivity, the Foundation has leveraged technology in its kitchens across the country. These state-of-the-art cooking facilities have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.

In 2016, we commemorated serving 2 billion meals. The Foundation was a part of a case study conducted by Harvard University.

Akshaya Patra in India

Akshaya Patra Kitchens

Through 34 kitchens across the country, the Akshaya Patra Foundation is serving over 1.6 million children across 12 states of India. Some of them are capable of preparing 2 lakh meals every day. This is done with the help of large cauldrons measuring 500 litres and 3,000 litres for rice and dal respectively. Rotis are prepared in the kitchens in North India. Each can roll out up to 2,00,000 rotis. The mega kitchens and centralised kitchen operate on similar module with varying cooking capacity. On the locations with difficult geographical terrain and improper road connectivity decentralised kitchens are an effective model.

How we have grown

Number of Kitchens

Number of Children

Akshaya Patra Kitchens
Meals served by Akshaya Patra

Hope stories


"Akshaya Patra and I have a common dream of supporting both health and education for children. Akshaya Patra has been serving over a million children with healthy and nutritious food which is important for their physical and intellectual well-being. Healthy and intelligent children grow and become mature adults. They will contribute positively to their families and the society around them."


Chartered Accountant and CFO

"I heard about The Akshaya Patra Foundation when Mr Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, was describing how Akshay Patra was using technology in its kitchens. I read about the Foundation online and felt that I should be a part of it. I like the concept of feeding school-going children."

Manoj Dalla

Marine Pilot at Reliance Jamnagar Marine Terminal, Sikka, Gujarat

"Donating to Akshaya Patra was a very simple decision. It was driven by the high level of transparency that the organisation maintains in its operations and financial management; and a scientific approach to delivering food and services."


Vice President of Oracle Corporation