The Akshaya Patra Foundation celebrates 16 years of unlimited food for education
Author(s): City Air NewsMumbai, November 11, 2016: The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) completes 16 years today. All along this 16-year journey, the Foundation has strived Akshaya Patra is striving to address the two main issues: “classroom...
Mumbai, November 11, 2016: The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) completes 16 years today. All along this 16-year journey, the Foundation has strived Akshaya Patra is striving to address the two main issues: “classroom hunger” and “education,” by providing 1 nutritious meal to children in Government and Government-aided schools. a day. The journey began in 2000, starting from with the feeding of 1,500 children in 5 schools in Bengaluru. Today, this serving bowl is going to we reach 13,210 schools; feeding over 1.65 million children every day in 11 states through its 27 kitchens.
Apart from serving at school feeding, Akshaya Patra also feeds at Anganwadis children, lactating mothers, and expecting women. The aim of this feeding cycle is to provide nutritious meals from the beginning of the child’s life and to continue to nurture throughout the childhood, so that the child grows in the environment, where social equality is for real and every child is provided a chance to learn and bloom.
Akshaya Patra works on is one of the best examples of PPP (Public Private Partnership) model, where Central Government, State Governments, Corporates and individual donors contribute to the cause, and the Mid-Day Meal Programme of the Government is successfully implemented through the efficient workmanship of Akshaya Patra.
Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said “It provides a great satisfaction to see the positive change, one meal can make in the children’s lives. 39% of our population are children and we would want them to be transformed as assets of our country, as against liability. My heartfelt thanks to the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, all the State Governments, corporate and individual donors, who have constantly and whole heartedly contributed in upholding the philosophy of ‘unlimited food for education.’ ”
Today on November 11, 2016, as Akshaya Patra progressively voyages towards its 16th anniversary, it grows more conscious of its duties towards eliminating classroom hunger and promoting education – an earnest need of the hour. By leveraging the unique resources of the organisation, Akshaya Patra is all geared up and spurred to fulfil its mission of ‘feeding 5 million children by 2020.’