On the 72nd year of Indian Independence,
Akshaya Patra is nourishing 1.75 million school children.
But, we still have many more children to nourish.
This 15th August, pledge to #Pledgetofeed and increase the reach to 2 million.

About Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India. It implements the Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Under this Scheme, the children of government schools and government-aided schools are served with freshly cooked healthy meals as part of their school lunch. The Foundation has been in the service of children since 2000. It has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. 

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

Mission: To feed 5 million children by 2020.

Our Progress

Since our inception in 2000, we have been sustainably growing from our initial beneficiary base of 1,500 children in 5 schools to 1.75 million children in 14,264 schools. The Foundation began its service by providing mid-day meals in just one location of Bengaluru city in Karnataka. Today, it has operations across 38 locations spread in 12 states, with the aim of further growth in the near future.

The below graph depicts the Year-on-Year growth of Akshaya Patra in the past 17 years:

How your money spent

Financial Transparency

Your donation is ultimately for the children. Every penny of your contribution is diligently spent for the food that is served directly or indirectly. On an average, 92% of the total cost is used towards meeting the programme cost and 8% towards the programme management cost. The organisation upholds maximum transparency in funds utilisation.

The Gold Shield for Excellence in Financial Reporting by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in February 2017. Also, ICAI Gold Shield Award for "Excellence in Financial Reporting" for five consecutive years since 2008-09 inducting Akshaya Patra into Hall of Fame is a testimony to the transparency maintained by the Foundation.

Financial Transparency

Beneficiary stories

Y. Lalitha

I want to Become a District Collector.

Heena Kausar

I want to Become a Doctor.

P. Narsimha Raju

I want to Become a Sports Educator.

Ramita Pratap Mankar

I want to Become a Police Woman.


I want to join the Police Force.


I want to join the Indian Army.


I want to be a Cricketer.


I want to be an Indian Air Force Pilot.


I want to be an Astronomer.

Akshaya Patra is being supported by the Central Government, 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 are some of the testimonies from the donors:


I strongly believe that education is the right vehicle to spread and sustain democracy. Akshaya Patra is doing a yeoman's job by feeding nutritious food to more than 1.6 million children in India.

Goutam Mitra,
Retired Executive presently a Technical Consultant, New Delhi

Thanks to all at Akshaya Patra who strive hard from the wee hours in the morning to provide hygienic and nutritious meals to children

Veena Thimmaya,
Director SAGlobal India

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.

GP Girija Shankar,
Retired Senior Banker

Keeping our corporate philosophy of focusing on water conservation, 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 children a great future under your patronage.

Harish Mehta,
Senior General Manager, Dhanuka Agritech Limited

I was totally satisfied, both with the method of disbursement and the target population. Instead of spending money on yearly rituals on 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 in Kolkata

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 take the responsibility of ensuring health, education, and skill development of present generation children. However cliched it may sound, but the fact is, children are the future of the nation.

Your act of providing food and education for children will manifest as a tomorrow in the form of a nourished, educated, and developed India.

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