About Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the government schools and government-aided schools.

Since 2000, the organisation has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.76 million children from 14,173 schools across 12 states in India.

What we do?

Hunger and illiteracy are India’s two major challenges. Akshaya Patra is focussed on eliminating classroom hunger and attracting more children (enrolment) to schools and ensure to keep them in school (reduce drop-out rate) by feeding a filling, nutritious mid-day meal, every school day.

The Foundation has 37 centralised kitchens and 2 decentralised kitchens. They are equipped with state-of-the-art technology which enables large scale cooking, approximately 2 lakh meals a day!

Tax benefit

Be a source of encouragement for the young minds. Every penny of your contribution can help transform lives of several children. Avail 50% tax exemption under Section 80G.


- Akshaya Patra launched its feeding programme with 1,500 children in Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2000.
- Innovation gave rise to a new chapter at the organisation - an indigenous roti-making machine capable of producing 10,000 rotis per hour in Vrindavan was installed in 2002.
- In 2003, Former President of India, eminent scientist, Shri APJ Abdul Kalam, visited Akshaya Patra and expressed his appreciation for its service. In the same year, Akshaya Patra signed a MoU with the Government of Karnataka for partnership in the Mid-Day Meal Programme Programme.
- The Foundation became a case study at the prestigious Harvard Business School, as part of its MBA curriculum in 2006.
- In 2010, the Foundation entered the India Book of Records for running the world's largest school meal programme.
- The Foundation was ranked 23rd among the top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal in 2012.
- In 2013, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama visited Akshaya Patra.
- In 2014, Former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, visited Jaipur kitchen.
- Akshaya Patra successfully completed ISO 22000 Audit and recertification for 10 kitchens in 2015.
- In 2016, Akshaya Patra served its 2 billionth cumulative meals since inception, and Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India, graced the Foundation's 2 Billion Meals Celebrations in Bengaluru.
- Akshaya Patra was a part of Guinness World Record-breaking Event at the World Food India 2017.
- Akshaya Patra began 2018 by initiating a pilot in partnership with the Government of Karnataka to include millets in the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.


- Akshaya Patra won the Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
- Akshaya Patra received Nikkei Asia Prize 2016 in the ‘Economic and Business Innovation’ category.
- The Government of India presented the Padma Shri award to Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra.
- Akshaya Patra won five PRCI Collateral Awards and Chanakya Award.
- Kalam Innovation in Governance Award (KIGA) 2016 was presented to Akshaya Patra.

Beneficiary stories

“Hello, I study in Government Kapoteshwar High School in Raghurajpur, Puri. I want to become a dancer. I love the mid-day meal provided by Akshaya Patra.”
Jyotiranjan Das
Puri, Odisha

“Hello, I study in Dr. Ambedkar Secondary School and Junior College in the Untakhana, Nagpur. I want to become a cricketer. I like the subzi, especially the soyabean nuggets.”
Untakhana, Nagpur

“Hello, I study in Deaf and Dumb Industrial Institute in Shankar Nagar locality, Nagpur. I want to become a seamstress. Dal and rice is my favourite meal. I also love the shira and masale bhaat.”
Shankar Nagar locality, Nagpur


“Charity for me means helping others to achieve their individual objectives and providing each with sustainable health and a source of income.”
Juvenil Jani
Chartered Account & CFO

“I heard about Akshaya Patra from respected Narayan Murthy ji. He described how this Foundation was using technology to solve problems. I studied till Std. IV in a primary school in our village and we were served a meal of porridge there, which was very tasty. Hence, I understand the value of the mid-day meal.” Thank you for your encouragement
Mr. Manoj Dalla!
Marine Pilot at Reliance Jamnagar Marine Terminal, Sikka, Gujarat