Project information

school meals for 10,000 children in India

A strategic intervention in education aimed at unlocking the vicious and self-perpetuating cycle of hunger and poverty,it addresses two of the most immediate challenges of India - hunger and education by providing unlimited, wholesome food to attract children to schools and promote education.

This is an ongoing project which started in the year 2001

Charity information: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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  • Need


    Poverty is the single largest factor that causes disparities in education. Hunger and poverty discourage parents to send children to schools, encourage drop outs. National nutrition monitoring bureau surveys indicate that about 70% of these children are undernourished and there is about 30% deficit in energy consumption. Poor enrollment and high school drop out are attributed to poor nutritional status of children compounded by poverty, hunger, child labour and lack of motivation.


    The innovative school meal programme , provision of nutritious hot meals to schools everyday , serves as a strong motivation to come to school and stay in school, thereby get education and nutrition required to maintain good health. Regular coming to schools ensures education. Education has proved to be the single most factor to bring generations out of the clutches of poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim of the project is to reach out to 5 million underprivileged children in India everyday.


    » Provide unlimited, wholesome and tasty food to underprivileged school children in the most deserving locations of India

    What success will look like

    Success will be..reaching out to 5 million children in India

  • Impact


    The project will promote literacy and good health by reducing hunger and malnutrition and motivating children to come to schools. Success of the project will be demonstrated through impact assessments evidences of increased enrollment and attendance in schools, reduction in drop outs, better performance in schools and improvement in the overall health and nutritional status of children.


    This project runs as a successful public private partnership model with support of the local governments. The major risks lies in discontinuation of support of the government which might lead to funding problems and running the programme. We have a comprehensive fund raising strategy and a professional team of fundraisers which works on raising funds from diversified sources and reduce risks of over dependency on any one source.


    We will provide report on the utilization of money.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £201,429

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      Amount Heading Description
      £159,800 Direct cost cost of cooking and distribution of food
      £41,629 Indirect costs administration , publicity and promotion and depriciation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Government of India £101,264 Guaranteed
  • Background


    the project is located in 8 states of India


    the project will benefit children aged 6-16 years from underprivileged communities across India. These children usually belong to families from low socio economic strata of the society where families are illiterate and without sustained source of livelihood.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Though provision of government-sponsored midday meals to school children was compulsory in India and in action, inconsistent food quality, occasional food poisoning, poor hygiene, and operational concerns led to complications and marred the programme. Pioneering a technology-driven operating model, the innovative school meal programme was an answer to the previous attempts to effectively address hunger and education by providing freshly cooked nutritious meals everyday.

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    C C Dasa

    He is the operations head and responsible for the overall implementation of the programme.


1 child will receive a nutritious meal for a year