Monday, 11 June 2018

Brief glance of all the latest happenings in Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme since 2000. Cognizant of the significance and importance of the Scheme, Akshaya Patra has been strategically expanding its reach. The Foundation has grown from feeding 1,500 children in one location to feeding 1.7 million children across 36 locations in 12 states. Akshaya Patra has had several milestones during these years, and here are some of the recent developments.

  • Inauguration of a hi-tech kitchen – On 30 March 2018, Akshaya Patra inaugurated its largest and one-of-a-kind hi-tech mega kitchen in Kandi, Telangana. This kitchen has the capacity to provide mid-day meals to over one lakh children on each school day. This kitchen has been established in partnership with the Infosys Foundation with the latter granting INR 18.50 crores to meet the entire construction cost of the kitchen. Some of the salient features of this kitchen are Silikal Industrial Flooring, ReFlex Reverse Osmosys System, COMBLOCK Boiler for Steam Generation, and ANDICOS Waste to Energy Generation System. Click here to read more. 

Akshaya Patra Kandi Kitchen

  • Introduction of millets in mid-day meal – In order to enhance its NGO role in India as a mid-day meal provider, Akshaya Patra introduced a pilot in partnership with the Government of Karnataka to include millets in the mid-day meal scheme during Organics and Millets 2018, International Trade Fair held between 19 and 21 January 2018. With International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) as the knowledge partner, Akshaya Patra aims to improve the nutritional intake of the beneficiaries. This pilot will serve millet-based dishes like upma, bisibelebath, sweet and khara pongal twice a week in addition to the existing mid-day meal menu to 1,622 beneficiaries across 10 government and government-aided schools. Click here to read more.
Millets in Mid-day meal
  • Fortified oats for Gujarat children – In association with PepsiCo Foundation, Akshaya Patra will serve nutritious meals fortified with oats to almost 33,000 children studying in 170 schools in Gujarat. PepsiCo Foundation has committed INR 3.75 crores towards this project and aims to serve 77 lakh nutritious meals to children in the state. Click here to read more.
  • MoU signed between Nutrition International India, ICDS, and Akshaya Patra - On 18 May 2018, Nutrition International India, ICDS programme, and Akshaya Patra signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Through this collaboration, Nutrition International India and Akshaya Patra will collectively aim to make the meals more nutritious for the most vulnerable women and children in India, who are served under the ICDS programme through Akshaya Patra’s kitchens. Click here to read more.
  • S.S. Rajamouli Support for Akshaya Patra’s #IShareMyLunch Campaign -  #IShareMyLunch - a recent campaign by Akshaya Patra, received wholehearted support by S.S.Rajamouli, the famed Director of the award-winning Indian film Baahubali. He also urged others to support the campaign. Click here to read more.

In conclusion, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of healthy food and education for the overall development of children. Thus, along with support from the government, Akshaya Patra is receiving sincere support from the Corporate world and the civil society. By choosing to donate to charity you too can be a part of the Foundation’s mission to feed 5 million children by 2020. When we strive together, we create a better world. Support Akshaya Patra today!


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