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 1.8 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.

Akshaya Patra in India


Your donation is ultimately for the children. Every penny of your contribution is diligently spent for the food that is served directly or indirectly. On an average, 92% of the total cost is used towards meeting the programme cost and 8% towards the programme management cost. The organisation upholds maximum transparency in funds utilisation. At the end of every financial year, Akshaya Patra publishes its audited financial reports for all its stakeholders in the form of annual reports.

Our reach


Today, we are providing freshly cooked, nutritious, and locally palatable mid-day meals to 18,02,517 children studying in 16,856 Government schools and Government-aided schools present in 51 locations across 12 States and 2 Union Territories.

Number of Kitchens

Akshaya Patra Kitchens

Number of Children

Meals served by Akshaya Patra


Akshaya Patra has been a recipient of national and international awards, a testimony to its dedicated service to children.

- Akshaya Patra Receives Gandhi Peace Prize
- Akshaya Patra is the winner of BBC's Global Food Champion Award 2019
- The Akshaya Patra Foundation wins ICAI Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2016-17
- Akshaya Patra enters ICAI Hall of Fame
- The prestigious National Award for Child Welfare was conferred upon Akshaya Patra by the Honourable President of India
- mahatma award for social good
- Akshaya Patra Got Recognitions From India Book Of Records
- Akshaya Patra Wins Special Jury Award at Outlook Poshan Innovation Awards 2019

Hope Stories

  • Muskan

    "I want to become a Professor and bridge the cultural, societal, and regional differences among people", says Muskan after witnessing her father support her schooling under some of the most challenging circumstances including opposition from aging family members.

  • Indu

    "I want to be a doctor and provide free treatment to people", says Indu after seeing her grandmother unable to avail medical check-up due to high healthcare cost.

  • Navasa

    "I want to be a professional carrom player and give international recognition to this game", says Navasa after discovering his passion for the game.

  • Santosha

    "I want to be an engineer because I believe engineering can resolve several gripping issues right from generating clean energy to creating support gadgets that can help people while driving", says Santosha after witnessing the hardship his father undergoes as a bus driver.

  • Mitali

    "I want to be an award-winning designer in the mattress industry", says Mitali after witnessing her mother struggle to earn a livelihood as a handmade cotton mattress maker.

  • Monica

    "I want to be a world-renowned dancer", says Monica who considers dance to be a therapeutic escape from the daily humdrum and who also wants to put an end to the current struggles of her family.

  • Uzair

    "I want to be a Software Engineer", says Uzair who believes software engineering is more than just coding or programming; itís an opportunity to help others through the power of technology.

  • Sahil

    "I want to be an Indian Air Force Pilot and also wish to invent something to help the nation", says Sahil driven by the passion to serve the motherland.

  • Afroz

    "I want to be a Businessman", says Afroz inspired by his father"s passion and mastery in moulding the clay into wonderful pottery items.

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