Union Bank donates towards mid-day meal distribution
The Times of India, in their November 14, 2013 edition, covered an important event for the Akshaya Patra Foundation. After a visit by D Sarkar, Chairman and Managing Director, Union Bank of India, to one of the NGO's kitchens, the bank has donated two meal distribution vehicles to the Foundation. The Chairman of the bank paid a visit to the kitchen in order to know about its functioning and what makes it the largest not-for-profit mid-day meal provider in the world.
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, "Hunger is a silent emergency. The future of this country is in the younger generation. But if this generation is hungry and malnourished, the future looks bleak. It is therefore the responsibility of each of us to contribute towards ending hunger."
The custom-built vehicles are insulated to maintain optimal temperature, are dust-free and help retain the freshness of the meals. The two meal delivery vehicles will help transport hot, nutritious meals from the centralised kitchens to about 10,000 children daily in 80 schools each day.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation implements India's largest NGO-led mid-day meal programme in partnership with the Government of India and Governments of nine states, feeding over 1.3 million children every school working day in 20 locations across India.
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