Inspired by the vision of Srila Prabhupada, that no child within a radius of ten miles from our centre should go hungry, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, commenced operation of the mid-day meal programme in Bengaluru, Karnataka on June 2000.
The Foundation started by serving of mid-day meals to 1500 children across five Government schools in Bengaluru. Akshaya Patra is working on the mission to provide food to 5 million children by 2020 with the vision- No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.
Akshaya Patra makes every effort to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools, its alternate objective is to bring children to school.
It applies technology constantly to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of case study.
Today, with the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as philanthropic donors; Akshaya Patra runs the world’s largest mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.7 million children from 14,173 schools across 12 states in India. The organisation emphasises on good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to provide nutritious and hygienic food to beneficiary schools.