The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Charity information

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal programme, feeding over 1. 3 million disadvantaged children daily across 9 states in India.

Founded 2007

  • Mission statement

    At The Akshaya Patra Foundation, our mission is to provide hot, nutritious food to children at school; encouraging them into education and giving them and their families the best possible chance of escaping the cycle of poverty.

    In India, over 45 million children do not go to school because they have to support themselves and their families through work or begging. Our meals give the poorest families an incentive to send their children to school and keep them there. We only work in government or government-aided schools, ensuring that we reach the most disadvantaged children.

    Since our inception in 2000, we have grown from feeding 1,500 children in Bangalore, to feeding 1. 3 million children across 9 states in India. For one in four of our beneficiaries, this is their only meal of the day.

    Our meals have far reaching benefits; breaking down class and caste divides amongst children when they share a meal, employing local women to prepare food and supporting local economies through sourcing produce from local markets and suppliers. .

    We have won prestigious awards including the Microsoft Education Award for our innovative use of technology and recognition from the World Bank for innovation in services to the world’s poor.

    Our vision is an India where no child is denied an education because of hunger and in August 2012 we will deliver our 1 billionth meal.

  • Aims

    The Akshaya Patra Foundation aims to:

    • Fight hunger and malnutrition in school aged children by giving them a hot, nutritious meal at school
    • Relieve Poverty by giving children an incentive to stay in education
    • Advance education by giving children the nutrition they need to learn effectively and an incentive to come to school.
  • Overview

    Established: January 2007

    Registered Charity Number: 1117756

    Board members: 4

    Full time staff: 4

    Phone number: 020 7422 6612

    Address: 60 Worship Street London EC2A 2DU

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