The custom-designed vehicle donated will be used to distribute mid-day meals to children in government schools across Bangalore. Akshaya Patra is currently feeding more than 1.3 million school children every day in 20 locations in 9 states across the country. The meal delivery vehicle will help transport hot, nutritious meals from the centralized kitchens to about 4000 children every day. Mid day meals gives the children an incentive to go to school, stay in school and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need, to satiate hunger and to focus on learning.
Commenting on the occasion, Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation, said “We are very happy that Bank of Baroda has partnered with us. Education is one key for India’s growth. We cannot benefit if our future generation is uneducated. With an objective to boost education and bring an end to classroom hunger, the mid day meal programme is being run in partnership with the Government of India and various state governments. With the support of many corporate philanthropists like the Bank of Baroda, we will continue the good work.”
Madhava Madi Reddy, General Manager, Karnataka & A.P Zone, Bank of Baroda, flagged off the vehicle at a ceremony held at Akshaya Patra’s corporate office in Bangalore. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Reddy said, “Bank of Baroda is committed to the noble cause that Akshaya Patra has been working towards. We will continue to be associated with the Foundation in our future CSR activities as well.”
Bank of Baroda is a nationalized bank based in Vadodara, India. It is the country's first largest public sector lender in terms of annual profit. The Bank is ranked 715 on Forbes Global 2000 list.
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