The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO headquartered at Bangalore, Karnataka. The role of this NGO has been significant in implementing and spreading awareness about the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is an initiative of Government of India to provide free school lunch to Government school children. This Indian NGO has been serving the children of India since 2000. The journey of 14 years has enabled this NGO to serve 1.39 million children every day. Operating in nine Indian states, this Indian NGO has received the accolade of being the world’s largest NGO run mid-day meal programme.
The role of this Indian NGO has not only been seen in its beneficiary base but also seen in meeting the objectives of the mid-day meal programme. Studies show that this Indian NGO has been able to counter classroom hunger and positively affected enrolment and attendance. The local palate served by Akshaya Patra has led to children enjoying their school lunch. Akshaya Patra is very particular in serving a meal that can be consumed universally without any bias. This universalization of meal has also led to positive results pertaining to social equity among children of all caste and creed.
Akshaya Patra is well aware of the nitty-gritty of preparing hygienic meals for millions of children every day. Doing justice to this factor, the role of this Indian NGO goes beyond just preparing meals. Akshaya Patra consciously puts effort to ensure food safety, cleanliness and hygiene. It has a standard Food Safety and Management System and all the processes pertaining to pre-production, production, and post production are carried out based on the system. It also carries out various process improvement projects like Kaizen, 5S, Six Sigma and the like to enhance effectiveness and quality. The kitchens of this Indian NGO are ISO 22000:2005 certified and goes through periodic audits by both internal and external audits.
Association with Akshaya Patra allows an individual to give life to the dreams of millions of children who just need a little support. This Indian NGO is aware of the need of the mid-day meal programme. The learning of 14 years makes it evident that going forward the support required from all its supporters will only increase doubly. Hence, this Indian NGO has tried to harness the potential of the web world by carving a place for itself in social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the like. It has also made easy for its donor by creating a ‘donate online to charity’ platform, the proceeds of which will go as an aid to millions of children. When you donate online to charity, you are being instrumental in allowing the mid-day meal programme to reach many more deserving children.
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