Akshaya Patra’s role in enhancement of the world’s largest food programme
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools across India. It follows a Public-Private Partnership model of operation, and hence has been working in partnership with the Central and State Governments. Since 2003, the Foundation has been implementing the mid-day meal programme under the guidelines of Government of India.
The HRD Ministry has taken many new initiatives for the enhancement and reach of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. For achieving this, it has also initiated many training programmes in the mentioned sector. The HRD Ministry has invited The Akshaya Patra Foundation to conduct an exposure-cum- training programme on smooth functioning of the MDM programme. Two MDMS officers each from 17 states and Union Territories will meet at Akshaya Patra’s facility at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. This is indeed a motivating recognition for the Foundation.
Akshaya Patra is currently operating in 19 locations across 9 states of India. It is reaching out to over 9000 Government schools feeding 1.3 million children round the year on all school working days. It is steadily moving towards achieving its goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020.
On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat
Around 25 enthusiastic young volunteers participated in a cleanliness drive organised by AIKYA, in pursuance of its mission to enhance the quality of school education, promote a culture of ‘Cleanliness and Hygiene’ in schools served by The Akshaya