Inauguration of Akshaya Patra’s 42nd kitchen in Bhuj, Gujarat
On January 19 2019, Akshaya Patra inaugurated its 42nd kitchen in Bhuj, Gujarat. We would like to thank the Sarva Mangal Family Trust and Balkrishna Industries Limited for championing this effort. We would also like to thank the Government of Gujarat and Government of India, who have empowered us and enabled us to build this kitchen.
The kitchen in Bhuj, our sixth kitchen in Gujarat, will help us reach out to many more children in need.
3 Billionth Meal Served by Shri Narendra Modi
Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, served the 3 Billionth Meal to a child at the commemoration in Vrindavan on Feb 11, 2019.
Akshaya Patra is the world’s first NGO-run school meal programme to achieve the milestone of serving 3 Billion cumulative meals. It is a major milestone in the Foundation’s pursuit of the mission to serve meals to 5 million children every school day by 2025. With the support of the Government, donors, and all the other stakeholders, the organisation is poised to realise its vision ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.
Commemorating 3 Billion Meals at Vrindavan
We would like to thank the Government of India, various State Governments, volunteers, employees, supporters and donors; together we have achieved this, and together we will achieve more.
A special message of thanks to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri Yogi Adityanath, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for gracing this wondrous milestone with their presence.
The event was presided by Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra; Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman of Akshaya Patra and Shri Mohandas Pai, Independent Trustee of the Foundation.
Inauguration of ‘Breakfast Programme’ to benefit 7800 students in Tamil Nadu
On 21 January 2019, Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of Hinduja Group, in partnership with The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) launched the ‘Breakfast Programme’ for 70 Government schools benefitting 7800 students at Shoolagiri and Thally Block in Tamil Nadu.
Delhi is united to serve
65 AIKYA volunteers from Delhi NCR visited a Government Middle School in Jabra Vikas Khad Mant on Sept 22, 2018. Hailing from prominent colleges, the enthusiastic group participated in a cleanliness and tree plantation drive, they also taught the children science by performing various scientific experiments, and art through origami.
Akshaya Patra conducts bhumi puja for its second kitchen in Uttarakhand
On August 2, 2018, Shri Arvind Pandey, Honourable Minister, School Education Uttarakhand, inaugurated Akshaya Patra’s second centralised kitchen in Gadarpur, Uttarakhand. The event was presided by Shri Narasimha Dasa – President, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Uttarakhand. The new kitchen has the capacity to serve 25,000 children in the area on each school day.
Science competition conducted by Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific conducted a very interesting STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) challenge and a DNA testing demonstration at the Government Higher Primary School in Kadugodi, Bengaluru.
Tree Plantation Drive on World Environment Day
On the occasion of #WorldEnvironmentDay on June 5, a tree plantation drive was organised by our official volunteering arm AIKYA
Over 150 volunteers enthusiastically participated in the drive that covered 6 Government school in Bengaluru.
Glimpse of Nourish the Change Confluence
Akshaya Patra join hands with the pioneers of making change in the field of nutrition.
Mega Centralised Kitchen, Telangana
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, in partnership with Infosys Foundation, inaugurated a high-tech mega centralised kitchen at Khandi, Sangareddy, Telangana. The kitchen is spread across 64,438 sq. ft., will provide mid-day meals to over 1,00,000 school children a day in the region.
Cleanliness Drive on organised by AIKYA
Around 25 enthusiastic young volunteers participated in a cleanliness drive organised by AIKYA, in pursuance of its mission to enhance the quality of school education, promote a culture of ‘Cleanliness and Hygiene’ in schools served by The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
The volunteers pledged to take this drive to other schools and get more of their friends to actively work toward a #CleanIndia.
Andhra Pradesh’s 1st state-of-the-art centralized kitchen
The kitchen will provide mid-day meals to over 30,000 Government school children
Akshaya Patra introduces millets in its mid-day meal programme
The Foundation launched its first pilot for introducing millets in its mid-day meal programme
Honourable CM of Jharkhand visits Guwahati kitchen
Our Guwahati kitchen had an esteemed visitor in Shri Raghubar Das, Honourable Chief Minister of Jharkhand, on December 14, 2017. He appreciated Akshaya Patra, saying, “Akshaya Patra is serving society selflessly. Organisations like these are the soul of social development.”
Swachh Vidyarthi, Swachh Vidyalaya, Swachh Gruha
The Akshaya Patra Foundation launched the ‘Swachh Vidyarthi, Swachh Vidyalaya, Swachh Gruha’ initiative to achieve Swachh Bharat on Oct 2, 2017 at our HK Hill kitchen.
Our 33rd kitchen inauguration- Narsingi, Telangana
Our 33rd kitchen inauguration- Narsingi, Telangana
UP Chief Minister kicks off new academic year
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, took time out to serve food to children and also relish the meal prepared at Akshaya Patra kitchen while participating in School Chalo Abhiyan and Vanutsav programme conducted in Lucknow.
At the video launch of Feed the Future Now
On June 7, 2017, after the launch of Feed the Future Now in Delhi, The Akshaya Patra Foundation launched the campaign’s official video. The launch took place in Mumbai at PVR, Juhu Dynamix Mall in the presence of Mr Shankar Mahadevan, Singer & Music Composer; Mr Vivek Oberoi, Actor; Mr Sanjeev Kapoor, Chef & Entrepreneur; and Mrs Sonali Bendre, Actress.
At the launch of Feed the Future Now
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, along with leading corporates: GSK Consumer Healthcare, Nestlé, PepsiCo India, PVR Nest, Reliance Retail, Facebook, The Lalit Group, Big FM & Viacom 18, and the Government of India, launched a nation-wide movement called ‘Feed the Future Now.’ This movement is set to serve 5 Billion Meals to children by 2020.
On March 19, 2017, Akshaya Patra organised its annual biking rally in Hyderabad where more than 250 bikers participated to ride for a cause. Bikers assembled at Akshaya Patra campus in Banjara Hills at 7 am and after a brief event, they covered a distance of 33 kilometers around the city. Akshaya Patra is grateful to all the bikers and the Government of Telangana for making Outride Hunger 2017 a successful and a memorable event.
Global Village Tech Park, Bengaluru gets a Taste of Joy!
Akshaya Patra’s Taste of Joy initiative took its second step, as the Foundation’s food truck travelled to Global Village Tech Park in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru on February 23, 2017. This initiative not only gives people a taste of its nutritious mid-day meals, but also creates awareness about the cause of #FoorForEducation that helps eliminate classroom hunger. About a 1,000 people at the tech park had the Foundation’s hot, nutritious meals and the feedback received from them was overwhelmingly positive. Akshaya Patra looks forward to making its next stop as part of Taste of Joy!
Musicians Sona Mohapatra and Ram Sampath brought all their talent and energy to the fore, to set the stage on fire for an electrifying evening. Performing at Chords of Giving, a concert in aid of Akshaya Patra, at Phoenix MarketCity, Bengaluru on January 13, 2017, the duo and their band gave all the attendees an evening to remember. They were welcomed by Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman, Akshaya Patra and were also joined by the Foundation’s beneficiaries on stage. Sona, a powerhouse live performer, sang non-film as well as Bollywood songs. The icing on the cake was a tribute to the late RD Burman – one of India’s seminal music composers!
Also, a big vote of thanks to our sponsors – the force behind the evening! These included GIC; Phoenix MarketCity, Bengaluru; BookMyShow; RedFM 93.5 Bengaluru; MeraEvents; Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park; White Massif Event Management; Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bengaluru and Solar-Apps Energy Private Limited.
Mr Sachin Bansal, Co-founder and Chairman of e-commerce firm Flipkart, along with his team, visited the Foundation’s Vasanthapura kitchen in Bengaluru and its beneficiary school – Government Higher Primary School, Konunkunte, on December 24, 2016. They understood the workings of the Akshaya Patra, the process of mass cooking and its impact on beneficiaries. Of his experience, Mr Bansal said, “Really touched by the service you guys are doing for the country. Let’s make India healthy, happy and prosperous.”
Bengaluru sampled our tasty, wholesome food through our campaign, Taste of Joy, inaugurated by the worshipful Mayor of Bengaluru, Smt. G Padmavathi on December 14, 2016 at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office. The initiative invites people’s feedback on our food on social media. It will take the Akshaya Patra food truck across the city to create awareness about our cause of ‘unlimited food for education’.
Akshaya Patra and Infosys Foundation laid the foundation stone for Telangana’s first high-tech, Centralised Mega Kitchen in Khandi on December 7, 2016. Infosys Foundation has donated Rs 18.03 crores, committing to cover its entire construction cost. The kitchen will provide meals to over 1,00,000 children in Telangana from next academic year.
Akshaya Patra’s 2 Billion Meals festivities in the presence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India, saw many dignitaries and distinguished guests in attendance. Check out these wonderful photographs from the event!
Akshaya Patra is reaching out to more children in India. On August 20, 2016, the Foundation’s first kitchen in Maharashtra was inaugurated by Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Honourable Chief Minister of the state. The new kitchen in Nagpur has the capacity to serve 5,000 children every day.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (BTMU), Japan’s largest bank has signed an MoU with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to support Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal programme. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 11, 2016 in the presence of dignitaries from Akshaya Patra and BTMU.
As children walk on the path of education, it is important that they are fitted with good shoes to ease the journey. US-based footwear manufacturer TOMS will facilitate the journey of 1 lakh schoolchildren in Lucknow in this academic year, in partnership with Akshaya Patra, with brand new shoes! As part of this initiative, on July 30, 2016, shoes were distributed to schoolchildren of R.A. Bazar Primary School at a function in Lucknow.
Akshaya Patra launched its pilot project, ‘Giving Every Dream A Chance’ on 11 June, 2016 at the Vivanta By Taj. The event was well attended by celebrated individuals from all walks of life. Here are a few shots from the launch event.
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation receives the Nikkei Asia Prize on Sunday, May 29 in Tokyo. Naotoshi Okada, President, CEO of Nikkei Inc. presents the award at the ceremony.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation showcased handpicked entries from its annual online photography contest, Click a Smile, 2015 on 30 April, 2016 at Mantri Square, in partnership with Britannia Good Day. Here are a few select images of the exhibition.
On 11th March, 2016, Akshaya Patra’s V.K. Hill kitchen had visitors from SanDisk; a group of 20 enthusiastic employees who came down to volunteer at the facility as a part of CSR initiative. The group spent a few hours at the kitchen where they were guided through the operations process, and even helped Akshaya Patra’s kitchen staff in preparing for the next day.
Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank visited Akshaya Patra’s Hubballi kitchen on 7 February, 2016. He was accompanied by Anousheh Ansari & Dr “Desh” Deshpande of the Deshpande Foundation.
On 22 January, 2016, a delegation of 36 senior government officials along with Mr. Roy Kho, Consulate-General from Singapore visited The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Vasanthapura kitchen. Here are a few exclusive images of the visit.
On 27 December, 2015, Sri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Minister of Home Affairs; Government of India served food to children after visiting the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s kitchen facility in Lucknow. Here are a few images exclusively from the event.
We are happy to announce we have inaugurated our first kitchen in Lucknow on 15th March, 2015. The centralised kitchen was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav.