Merck Global Food Drive with The Akshaya Patra Foundation Support the Well-being & Nutrition of Deserving Children!
We urge all Merck India employees to support mid-day meals of underprivileged children through the Global Food Drive. By supporting their meals, we not only support their nourishment and well-being but also give them the motivation they need to pursue an education for a better future.
Life Science Corporate Responsibility team has been organising the Global Food Drive for the last 5 years in November where they call for in-kind donations of food grains from Life Science employees across the globe. The food drive is highly successful in terms of engagement with employees from 65 sites across 23 countries participating by setting a local site goal for themselves. At the end of four weeks, it is donated to a local charity organisation or a food bank to meet the food requirements of those in need.
In India, we have collaborated with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to donate the proceeds coming from the contribution of employees and the local CSR budget. Akshaya Patra is one of the world’s largest (not-for-profit-run) school feeding programmes in the world. It implements the PM POSHAN Abhiyaan (Mid-Day Meal Programme) serving wholesome mid-day meals every school day to over 2 million children in more than 20,000 schools across 15 states & 2 union territories of India.
To know more about the NGO, please click on the link https://www.akshayapatra.org/
Make A Donation: The cost to support mid-day meals for one child for an entire year is ₹1,500 only and contains locally palatable meals that can be relished by the children.
Double Your Impact: For every donation you make, the company will make an equal contribution towards the mid-day meals. So, every rupee you donate will have a double impact.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to address classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the PM POSHAN Abhiyaan (formerly the Mid-Day Meal Scheme) in government and government-aided schools, it aims to address hunger and, at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food every single school day.