Thursday, 15 May 2014

Eat Healthy with the Akshaya Patra mid day meal programme

 There are many advantages to making donations to charity in India. Aside from good feeling and satisfaction borne from donating to one of the worthy causes supported by many a NGO in India, it also entitles the donor to a 100 per cent tax exemption. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO that was set up in 2000 with the aim to provide Food for Education to the millions of starving children in India. Through their mid day meal programme, the organisation helps provide tasty, nutritious food to over 1.3 million children in India every day. An online donation is a very simple way to assist this organisation in reaching their mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

This NGO in India now runs 22 kitchens across the country, and has a presence in 9 states. The organisation adopted implementation of the mid day meal programme to children studying in government schools across India, to fulfil their vision that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. The programme has also shown other benefits like decreasing school drop our rates, increased attendance, enrolment, and concentration. The organisation has received wide spread support for promoting this worthy cause, and also has an online donation forum to help assist those who would like to join hands to help feed the children in need.

The outstanding quality and hygiene levels maintained in the operations process of the mid day meal programme has made this NGO in India the recipient of several prominent awards. The organisation recently won the CII National Award for Food Safety (CII-Confederation of Indian Industry) for their excellence in running food safety and quality systems efficiently. It also won the Gold Shield Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for excellence in financial accounting, for the fifth year in a row, entering them into the hall of fame. One reason why this NGO has received great trust in the form of online donation is due to this high adherence to quality control and transparency in all their practices.

This NGO in India is committed to the cause of taking food for education to as many children in need as possible. The organisation recently opened two kitchens, one at Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and the other at Rourkela (Odisha), taking the mid-day meal programme further into the country. Now the programme reaches out to children across 10,631 government schools in India on every working day. The organisation relies solely on donations to achieve its goals. Aside from the government grants and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) grants, the organisation receives a great deal of support through individual donors, very often in the form of online donation.

Akshaya Patra needs the continued help and support of the society to succeed in helping to alleviate childhood hunger in India. Donate or volunteer with the organisation to help make a difference.

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