Ramita Pratap Mankar
Ambedkar Secondary School and Junior College, Nagpur
Aspiring Policewoman

“I like the masale bhaat the most – I like all the vegetables in it. I also like the jeera rice and veg pulao.”

"To fulfill a child’s wish, visit Joy of Giving Week 2017"
  Daan Utsav
Joy of Giving week
  India’s biggest philanthropic festival is here! Daan Utsav, also known as Joy of Giving, is a week-long event where many individuals step forward to help the needy by ‘Acts of Giving’ – noble acts that will remain cherished in the hearts of all. This festival of philanthropy, celebrated across the country since its launch in 2009, inculcates happiness and kindness among mankind through simple deeds.

Wrap a box of kindness and help an old man smile. Share a piece of love and let a child jump with joy. We believe change begins with you. The Joy of Giving week is a platform for all of us to contribute to a cause and to make a difference in society! Let’s pledge to step out, find opportunities to give to a cause and return with lasting pride. Happiness is, after all, an act of giving!

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Akshaya Patra spreads joy and hope among millions of children every day. In the year 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation started implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme by feeding 1,500 children in Bengaluru. Today, the Foundation is the world’s largest NGO-run feeding programme serving over 1.6 million children across 13,759 in 31 locations of 12 Indian states. In the last 16 years of the Foundation’s journey to provide ‘Unlimited Food for Education,’ many young lives have been transformed and with each passing year, the programme continues to enable children to attend school every day.

With a strong belief that no child must go hungry, the Foundation now aims to feed 5 million children by 2020.

Vikas Mudi
Government Higher Primary School, Karnataka
Aspiring Mechanical Engineer
“I love Akshaya Patra’s food! Rice and Sambar is my favourite dish served by them at school.”


“I want to study well and become a doctor. It’s my mother’s dream to see me achieve big things in life. I want to make her proud.I love the khichdi, varan, and poli.”
- Manasi Lohar, Std V, Smt Tarabhen Modak Primary School, Gujarat

“Lunch served by Akshaya Patra at school is nutritious and very tasty. I love the soybean nuggets that come with the potato subzi. Besides that, I like the fact that the food is protein-rich and love the masale bhaat served on Saturdays.”
- Atharva Ajay Kale, Std VI, Dr Ambedkar Secondary School and Junior College, Nagpur


“I am grateful that the Mid-Day Meal Programme by Akshaya Patra came as an incentive to education which actually offers two of the fundamental rights of food and education to the children. The children get to live their childhood as they are supposed to.”
- Ranganath, Head Master, Bengaluru

“I started volunteering with Akshaya Patra during my engineering days. Later, I began donating a portion of my monthly salary to this noble cause. In 2014, I was able to sponsor an entire school's mid-day meals for the year. My request to my friends, family and society is to allocate a portion of their salary towards charity. And remember that no amount is too small or large. In my college days, Akshaya Patra would request for volunteers to serve mid-day meals—I volunteered a few times for this activity. After the meals, kids would exuberantly thank us and that happiness gave us the ability to view the world through their eyes. The journey with Akshaya Patra continues till this very date as a Donor.”

- Prem Krishna, Senior Product Manager, Infomatica LLC