About Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government schools and Government aided schools. Akshaya Patra strives to eliminate classroom hunger and address the issue of malnutrition. It aims to bring children to school by providing ‘unlimited food for education.’


In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and inestimable support from many businesses, philanthropic donors and well-wishers, the Foundation has come a long way from serving just 1,500 children across 5 schools in the year 2000. Today, Akshaya Patra’s school lunch programme feeds more than 1.7 million children in 14,173 schools across 12 states in India.


It has been 17 years of serving nutritious, hygienic, and tasty meals to children on every singly school day. But, there is no stopping for the Foundation as it is firm on achieving its vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’

How gifting meals can change lives

Provide nourishment

Support education

Improve health

Nurture talents

Empower young generations

Hope stories

  • Manjunatha

    Std 8 in GHPS
    Doddabettahalli, Karnataka

    “Hello, I study in GHPS, Doddabettahalli, in Std 8. I want to join army. My favourite is rice and sambar.”

  • Archana

    Primary School Salempur
    Kakori, Lucknow

    “Hello, I study in Village Salempur-Pataura Primary School in Kakori, Lucknow. I want to join police force. I like Dal Chawal the most.”

  • Manikanta

    Std 8 in AGHPS
    Doddabettahalli, Karnataka

    “Hello, I study in GHPS, Doddabettahalli, in Std 8. I want to become an engineer. My favourite is pulav. I love Akshaya Patra’s meals as it is hot and tasty”

  • Heena kausar

    Higher Primary School (GHPS)
    Mysuru, Karnataka

    “Hello, I study in Government Higher Primary School (GHPS) in Nachanahalli Palya, Mysusru. I want to become a doctor and want to help them. I love the subzi and bisibele baath.”


“The Akshaya Patra's Programme has exhibited how compassion of the people combined with support from the Government can bring a wonderful and meaningful impact.”

- The 14th Dalai Lama

- Spiritual leader of the Tibetan People

“We welcome Akshaya Patra and commend its technology–intensive mechanized kitchen model.”

- Narendra Modi

- Prime Minister of India

“Your example of using advanced technologies in central kitchens to reach children in 5,700 schools is an imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a model for other countries.”

- Barack Obama

- President of the United States

“The best thing about this Foundation is the fact that millions of children are motivated to go to school. By feeding them the Foundation is not only taking care of one of the basic essentials of life but also giving them an opportunity to get an education which will help them make something out of life.”

- Mr & Mrs Nambiar

- Donors

“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.”

- Mr Manoj Dalla,

- Donor


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