HDFC Life and HDFC Bank Partners with Akshaya Patra to Feed Children as a Part of CSR Initiative
Delhi, India - January 23, 2020: HDFC Life and HDFC Bank have collaborated with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to support the Foundation’s Mid-Day Meal Programme, helping deliver freshly cooked, nutritious, and hygienic meals to children every school day. Under their CSR Initiative, ‘Pankh – A Ray of Hope’, HDFC Bank will sponsor one academic year support for a child towards school lunch program for every HDFC Life Insurance sold. The initiative commenced on the 1st of September, 2019, garnering the sale of more than over 500 policies. The date has been extended to 29th of February, 2020, to meet the target of 650 policies, which would sponsor meals for approx. 650 children for one academic year, i.e. 1,50,000 meals in total. This collaboration seeks to not only provide food but also encourage children to come to school, empowering them to carve a great future.
Also HDFC Bank participated in the exclusive engagement activity organised by Akshaya Patra in the sponsored schools. Mr Jasmeet Singh Anand & Mr Madhusudhan Hegde, Retail Branch Head – HDFC Bank visited the school to interact with the beneficiaries and served the Mid-day meal.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 16,856 schools across 12 states and 2 union territory in India.
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