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 1.8 million children in 16,856 schools across 12 States & 2 Union territories in India.
It has been 19 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
Empower young generations
Advantages of Mid-Day Meal Programme
Mr. A. R. Rahman graciously offered his composition 'Naan Yen Piranthen' as the background score for an inspirational short film made by Akshaya Patra titled 'The Possibilities'.
Brett Lee has come on board as the Goodwill Ambassador of the music outreach programme of Giving Every Dream a Chance (GEDAC), an initiative by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Brett Lee and his Mewsic Foundation will be supporting Akshaya Patra beneficiaries who are learning music
Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju
Chef Selvaraju has been supporting Akshaya Patra since the inception of ‘Giving Every Dream a Chance’ - a mentorship initiative for beneficiary children. He says, “Akshaya Patra gives me an opportunity to support children in the pursuit of their dreams."
Ms. Divya Sathyaraj, a popular nutritionist and daughter of ace actor Mr. Sathyaraj is advising us on how we can improve the nutritive value of our meals.
Mr. Ram Sampath is a famous Indian composer, music producer and musician. He enthralled the audience at Akshaya Patra’s musical fiesta called the ‘Chords of Giving’.
Mr. S.S. Rajamouli is a famous Indian director and screenwriter. During his visit to our Narsingi kitchen, he was highly impressed and appreciated the entire kitchen process. Most recently, he made a significant contribution to our #iShareMyLunch campaign.
Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor partners with Akshaya Patra regularly to help spread the vision and mission of the Foundation.
Akshaya Patra is immensely proud to be associated with Mr. Shankar Mahadevan, India’s iconic singer and composer who achieved worldwide fame with his album 'Breathless'. He has composed and sung a number specially dedicated to Akshaya Patra.
Ms. Shraddha Kapoor, a talented Indian actress has graciously supported Akshaya Patra on a famous television show ‘Dus Ka Dum’. In her appearance on the show, she pledged her winnings to our Foundation.
Mrs. Sona Mohapatra is a celebrated singer and performer who has performed at Akshaya Patra’s ‘Chords of Giving’ concert held on 13 January 2017.
T. V. Mohandas Pai
Mr. Mohandas Pai has been serving as a trustee of The Akshaya Patra Foundation since its early days. He is also a donor apart from being a strategic visionary of the Foundation.
The Foundation hosted Mr.Vivek Oberoi at one of its kitchens. He was very impressed and appreciated the working methodology adopted by the Foundation while coordinating with the Government, bringing together resources, raising funds and executing its school lunch programme.
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“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