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 1.8 million children in 16,856 schools across 12 States & 2 Union Territories 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 2025.
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.