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 organisation—commenced operation of the Mid-Day Meal Programme (now known as the PM Poshan Abhiyaan) in Bengaluru, Karnataka in June 2000.
The Foundation started by serving mid-day meals to 1,500 children across five Government schools in Bengaluru. Its mission is to feed 3 million children by 2025 with the vision that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.
Akshaya Patra makes every effort to battle issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the PM Poshan Abhiyaan in Government and Government-aided schools, its alternate objective is to bring children to school regularly.
The NGO constantly applies advanced technology to cater to millions of children and other underprivileged communities in India. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of case studies internationally.
Today, with support from the Government of India, various State Governments and philanthropic donors, Akshaya Patra runs the world’s largest mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 2 million children from 22,367 schools across 14 states and 2 union territories. It emphasises good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to provide nutritious, locally palatable and hygienic food to beneficiary schools.