The Akshaya Patra Foundation Facts

The Akshaya Patra Foundation Facts

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a NGO that was started in Bangalore in June 2000. It implements the mid-day meal programme in Government schools under the aegis of Central Government and various State Governments. Akshaya Patra serves mid-day meal to 1.3million school children every day.

Q: Is Akshaya Patra a registered charity in India?
A: Yes, Akshaya Patra is a registered charity under Trust Act, 1920, of India.

Q: Does Akshaya Patra receive government funding?
A: Yes, Akshaya Patra receives a grains and cash subsidy.

Q: What are the other modes through which Akshaya Patra raises funds?
A: Offline fundraising, online fundraising, events (Tastes of India, Corporate dinner, etc.).

Q: How does Akshaya Patra use its resources?
A :They use the resources for feeding school meals to underprivileged children in India.

Q: What is unique about the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program?
A: Akshaya Patra School meal is :
A strategic initiative to address two crucial and inter-linked issues: hunger and illiteracy.
A wholesome, nutritious, three-item menu, prepared in stringent hygienic conditions, as per the nutritionist’s recommendations.

Akshaya Patra program is :
Implemented using a technology-intensive, centralized model that can be efficiently scaled and replicated.
Secular, and inclusive, with the child as the focus.

Transparent, professionally managed, and run by a Board of Trustees, with the support of committed professionals and volunteers.

Audited by KPMG, one of the leading providers of internal audit and regulatory services.

Q: What are the studies conducted to assess the impact of the program?
A: Independent studies are being conducted periodically to assess the impact of the program on the beneficiaries, and these are some of the quantifiable benefits:

  • Increased enrolment of children in schools.
  • Improved retention of children in the schools.
  • Enhanced classroom performance of children.
  • Improved nutrition status.

A.C. Nielsen (early 2006) has reported that enrollment in Class I in Bangalore improved by 23 per cent; in Hubli by 16.6 per cent; in Baran (Rajasthan) by 41.3 per cent and in Vrindavan by 12.3 per cent during the first year of program implementation.

Akshaya Patra is the first NGO run school meal program in India to have been selected for a case study by the Harvard Business School-USA on its operational excellence.

Q: What are the allied activities of Akshaya Patra?
A: Educational Programs:

Vidya Akshaya Patra:

Started in Bangalore in 2008 with 1500 children, this scheme was set up for students who need extra support in their academics.

Akshaya Life Skills:

A joint initiative of Edumedia and Akshaya Patra, Akshaya Life skills was started with the vision of: “enabling young children to develop into responsible social beings with a competence to respond to their personal, social & cultural needs”.

Today, it reaches out to 40 000 children with a mission is to expand to 100 000 by the 2010-11 academic year.

Feeding Programs:

Aanganwadi:

In Baran and Jaipur, Akshaya Patra serves wholesome, nutritious food for pregnant and nursing mothers in government sponsored centers of the districts.

Akshaya Kalewa:

Started in Jaipur in 2005-2006, this is a program that provides food for the underprivileged sections of society at subsidized rates.

Aap Ki Rasoi:

Similar to Akshaya Kalewa, this program began in 2007 in Delhi and was set up to give food at subsidized rates to the underprivileged people of the city.

Emergency Programs:

In the past, Akshaya Patra has also provided emergency relief during natural calamities, as desired by the district councils of the areas affected. They help where and when they can, by preparing food for victims of tragedies.

Senior Citizens Feeding Program:

Akshaya Patra works together with the BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike) to implement its senior citizen’s feeding program. Each day, around 12,000 elderly citizens of Bangalore are provided with lunch cooked in Akshaya Patra’s own Bangalore kitchens.

Medical Assistance

Medical assistance in the form of deworming tablets, Vitamin A capsules, and Becozinc capsules are provided to children in partnership with leading hospitals in respective cities.

Q: Do you issue tax receipts? How soon will the receipts arrive?
A: Yes, Akshaya Patra is a registered charity under Trust Act, 1920, of India.

You can expect your receipts within 10 days of your donation reaching Akshaya Patra.

Q: How is the money spent?
A: On an average, for every rupee you donate, 89 paisa is spent towards feeding a child, and the rest goes towards administrative and fundraising costs. (Financial year 2008-2009)

Q: What happens if the tax receipt is lost?
A: Akshaya Patra may not be able to provide you a duplicate receipt. But they can send you the IT certificate copy.

Q: How safe is the personal information given to Akshaya Patra during donation?
A: They do not share any information of the donor with any third parties or partners. They respect your privacy and your security.

Q: Why does Akshaya Patra raise donations from public and corporations when the government is providing subsidy for the mid-day meal program?
A: Akshaya Patra is feeding over 5 lakh children in Karnataka in five locations: Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Bellary, Mysore and Mangalore. One of the important features of the Akshaya Patra program is that feed unlimited servings to the children.

Akshaya Patra is feeding over 1.2 million (12 lakh) children in 19 locations in nine states across India.

The subsidy they received in Karnataka (2009-10) is as follows:
Class 1 to 7 : Rs.1.80 per child + 100 gms of rice per child per day
Class 8 to 10 : Rs.2.20 per child + 150 gms of rice per child per day

The subsidy they received in Karnataka (2009-10) is as follows:
Class 1 to 7 : Rs.1.80 per child + 100 gms of rice per child per day
Class 8 to 10 : Rs.2.20 per child + 150 gms of rice per child per day

The national average cost of the meal that Akshaya Patra provides is Rs.5.09 (2009-10). The national average subsidy received from the government (cash plus grain subsidy) is Rs.2.69. Hence there is a gap of Rs.2.41 to be raised by The Akshaya Patra Foundation to meet the running expenses.

National average cost break-up in Rupees of the Akshaya Patra meal during the year 2009-10 (following are unaudited figures):

Akshaya Patra feeds over 13 lakh children every day in the country. For expenses incurred over and above the subsidized rates, they thererfore raise donations.

In addition, Akshaya Patra sets up centralized kitchens to cook for large numbers of children without any support from the government. They raise donations from the public as well as from corporations to meet this expense. To set up 17 locations in eight states of the country, they have spent close to Rs. 815.3 million (Rs. 81.53 crores).

Click here to see the detailed break-up of the Capital Expenses in setting up of the kitchen infrastructure in various locations till date.

Q: Does Akshaya Patra have permission of the government to receive donations from foreign countries?
A: Yes, it does.

For receiving donations from foreign countries, Akshaya Patra has taken the permission from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, under Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act and the statements of all donations received are being reported to the Home Ministry year after year. Please find the copy of the notification in Akshaya Patra official website.

The foreign donations that they receive is a small percentage of our total requirement (about 10%) and it is mostly from a few well known industrialists of Indian origin.

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