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of 1.76 million children. #PledgeToFeed TODAY.

About Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India. It supports education of children by implementing the Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Under this Scheme, Akshaya Patra provides freshly cooked, nutritious meals as school lunch to the children of Government schools and Government-aided schools. The Foundation is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector with 18+ years of service to children. It has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. Akshaya Patra is the first NGO in India to be inducted to the ICAI Hall of Fame.

Vision: No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.

Mission: To feed 5 million children by 2025.

Our Progress

Established in 2000, Akshaya Patra initially provided school lunch to just 1,500 children in 5 schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Strategically and sustainably expanding its operations over the years, today the Foundation provides wholesome meals to 1,765,597 children in 15,668 schools situated in 45 locations across 12 states. Akshaya Patra considers this journey just as the beginning because it is aware that there are millions of children yet to be reached.

During the 18 years of journey, Akshaya Patra has included several other programmes along with implementing the core Mid-Day Meal Programme. Below is a quick overview:

Mid-Day Meal Programme

Supports wholesome school lunch of children on each school day. With Rs. 1,100, you can provide daily school meals to 1 child for an entire year.

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Meal Plates & Tumbler Distribution Programme

Supports clean and hygienic consumption of school meals. With just Rs. 115, you can help 1 child to eat and drink hygienically.

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Anganwadi Feeding Programme

Supports nutrition requirement of toddlers, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. With Rs. 675, you can nourish 1 Anganwadi beneficiary for an entire year.

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Kashirampara Project

Supports complete education and daily meals of tribal children of Tripura. With Rs. 7,190, you can nourish and provide mainstream education to 1 tribal child of Tripura for an entire year.

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The below graph is a depiction of how Akshaya Patra grew from nourishing 1,500 children to 1,765,597 children over the past 18 years

Akshaya Patra Growth

How your money is spent


Your donation is ultimately for the children. Every penny of your contribution is diligently spent for the food that is served directly or indirectly.


Recognising Akshaya Patra’s financial reporting and transparency, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has lauded the Foundation seven times in a row with the Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In the 70 years history of ICAI, Akshaya Patra is the only NGO to be inducted to the ICAI Hall of Fame.


Akshaya Patra has been a recipient of national and international awards, a testimony to its dedicated service to children.

- Gandhi Peace Prize 2016
Gandhi Peace Prize 2016
- BBC Global Food Champion Award 2019
BBC Global Food Champion Award 2019
- 'Special Jury Mention Certificate' at Outlook Poshan Awards 2019
Outlook Poshan Awards 2019


Children and their dreams - these are the two most inspiring factors for Akshaya Patra. The school meal acts as an incentive for them to attend school, eat well, learn well, and step towards their dreams. Here’s presenting just a handful of dreams out of 1.76 million dreams:

Akshaya Patra Muskan


I want to become a Professor and bridge the cultural, societal, and regional differences among people, says Muskan after witnessing her father support her schooling under some of the most challenging circumstances including opposition from aging family members.

Akshaya Patra Indu


I want to be a doctor and provide free treatment to people, says Indu after seeing her grandmother unable to avail medical check-up due to high healthcare cost.

Akshaya Patra Navasa


I want to be a professional carrom player and give international recognition to this game, says Navasa after discovering his passion for this game

Akshaya Patra Santosha


I want to be an engineer because I believe engineering can resolve several gripping issues right from generating clean energy to creating support gadgets that can help people while driving, says Santosha after witnessing the hardship his father undergoes as a bus driver.

Akshaya Patra Mitali


I want to be an award-winning designer in the mattress industry, says Mitali after witnessing her mother struggle to earn a livelihood as a handmade cotton mattress maker.

Akshaya Patra Monica


I want to be a world-renowned dancer, says Monica who considers dance to be a therapeutic escape from the daily humdrum and who also wants to put an end to the current struggles of her family.

Akshaya Patra Uzair


I want to be a Software Engineer, says Uzair who believes software engineering is more than just coding or programming; it's an opportunity to help others through the power of technology.

Akshaya Patra Sahil


I want to be an Indian Air Force Pilot and also wish to invent something to help the nation, says Sahil driven by the passion to serve the motherland.

Akshaya Patra Afroz


I want to be a Businessman, says Afroz inspired by his father's passion and mastery in moulding the clay into wonderful pottery items.


Akshaya Patra is grateful for the support of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, various State Governments, and philanthropic donors. So far, 2,76,969 donors have identified with the vision of the Foundation and have provided their unceasing support by donating towards school meals of children. Here’s quoting some of the testimonies from renowned personalities and benevolent donors:

"Akshaya Patra is creating a strong foundation for the country by providing food regularly to children. I congratulate your endeavour and effort; this effort is the best example of the 'I to We' journey."

- Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India

"Akshaya Patra is a model of cooperation and scale that you have accomplished and demonstrated. It is better than any other model in the world."

- Joseph Kennedy,
III (D-MA) of Massachusetts, US Congressman

"There is no better expenditure of money and it’s really important for these kids to stay in school and learn. I love this programme; this is one of the finest commitments ever made in the 10-year history of Clinton Global Initiative."

- Bill Clinton,
Former President of USA

"In just a few years, Akshaya Patra has become the largest single feeding programme in the world. Your example of using advanced technologies in central kitchens is an imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a model for other countries. Thank you again for all of your efforts."

- Barack Obama,
Former President of USA

"This has been a great visit and it is wonderful to see how Akshaya Patra is reaching out to children in a huge way and addressing malnutrition for India’s children."

- Professor Muhammad Yunus,
Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank

"About 10 years ago, when I was assisting a large municipality on the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, I evaluated Akshaya Patra and its delivery capabilities. I was impressed with its intentions, team and operations, and started donating. From supporting a few students initially, to supporting many more now, I intend to keep increasing my contribution with every successive year."

- Deepak M.
Investment Banker

"I started my journey in contributing to Akshaya Patra from 2007 as I had read about their activities, especially feeding school children in India, which improves their quality of life and encourages them to get educated. With the grace of the Almighty, I wish to support Akshaya Patra for as long as I can, through donations or in person, when I find time."

- Hariharan Mahadevan,
President (Projects), Anrak Aluminium Limited

"I was totally satisfied, both with the method of disbursement and the target population. Instead of spending money on yearly rituals of my parents’ Death Anniversary, I donate the amount to Akshaya Patra. Money spent on God’s children should please the God anyway."

- Satyajit Chakraborty,
Executive Director, Boiler Company, Kolkata

"Charity means helping the hapless, the needy and the infirm in whatever way I can. That way, I can make them feel that they are not alone in this world. I am particularly impressed with the efficiency of the kitchens and the sincerity of the people manning the units at Akshaya Patra."

- G.P. Girija Shankar,
Retired Senior Banker

"Keeping our corporate philosophy of focusing on water conservation and providing nutritious food and education for school children, we are pleased to have been associated with Akshaya Patra. We are particularly impressed with the backend kitchen facilities, which were hygienically clean. Wishing all the children a great future under your patronage."

- Harish Mehta, Senior General
Manager, Dhanuka Agritech Limited

"I am impressed by Akshaya Patra’s dedication in encouraging children to go to school and ensuring that they don’t remain empty-stomached. I am also overwhelmed by the number of schools and children it supports, which is a yeoman’s service to mankind. I was impressed with the initiatives taken by Akshaya Patra which give underprivileged children a chance to achieve their dreams."

- G. Srinivasan, Chairman,
Puri Crawford Insurance Surveyors & Loss Assessors India Pvt. Ltd.

Your support is vital

Reportedly, by 2020, India will embrace the title of being the world’s youngest nation, wherein nearly 64% of its total population will fall under the working age bracket. To transform this status into a boon, we have to responsibly act today to ensure health and education of present generation children.


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