Akshaya Patra Foundation Ties Up With FreeCharge To Enable Digital Donations.

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The serene beauty of the winter season induces the zeal for sharing the joy and spread some smiles. However, during these cold weather months, life becomes even harder for the under-privileged people. Demonetization has drastically impacted the count of contributions received by the NGOs from keen donors.

In this scenario, Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has teamed up FreeCharge, India’s leading digital payments platform to enable digital donations through an app. FreeCharge has recently launched a feature, which has a “Donate” button on its app, through which FreeCharge users can make direct donations to Akshaya Patra Foundation and other prominent NGOs in the country.

Sundeep Talwar, Chief Marketing Officer – Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “Akshaya Patra is committed to remove classroom hunger and encourage the deserving children to pursue their education without hurdles.”

Talwar further added, “This new feature on the FreeCharge App is a great way for APF to connect with kind-hearted people who value the nation’s future and are willing to support the next generation. We are positive about garnering more support through this new platform and by leveraging technology we can broaden our impact.”

This donate feature will help the users to complete donations within 10-seconds in a hassle-free and secure manner. Donors will also be given tax certificates from the NGOs with reference to their donations.

Using digital wallets for charity is indeed a great idea that will help users do their bit for causes they care for, in a smooth manner.



Foundation laid for first high-tech mega kitchen in Telangana.


Akshaya Patra and the Infosys Foundation are a step closer to building Telangana’s first high-tech, Centralised Mega Kitchen in Khandi, as they laid its foundation stone on December 7, 2016. The Infosys Foundation has donated Rs 18.03 crores, generously committing to cover the entire construction cost of this kitchen, which will use highly advanced technology. Over 1,00,000 children in Telangana will avail be fed nutritious mid-day meals prepared in this kitchen, beginning the next academic year.

The Bhoomi Puja was attended by Shri T Harish Rao, Honourable Minister for Irrigation, Marketing & Legislative Affairs of Telangana; Smt Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation;  Shri K. Prabhakar Reddy, Member of Parliament, Medak;  Shri C Prabhakar, MLA, Sangareddy; Smt Ranjeev Acharya, IAS – Principal Secretary, Education Department; Shri K Manicka Raj, IAS – District Collector, Sangareddy;  Shri  Jagadeeshwar, IAS – Secretary of Government, Women, Children, Disabled & Senior Citizens Department; Smt Viziendira Boyi, IAS –  Director, Women & Children Development Department;  Smt Lanka Chandrakala, DEO, Sangareddy, Smt P Umarani, Sarpanch, Sangareddy; and Shri G Krishnan, IAS – Director School Education.

2016: Akshaya Patra Foundation Organizes Annual Photography Contest – Click A Smile!

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) brings back its acclaimed annual photography contest – Click A Smile! This contest welcomes entries from photography enthusiasts, amateur shutterbugs and professionals – worldwide. The theme is based on striking photographs that capture the joy and innocence of a child’s smile, in any setting, ranging from school, home, playground or the neighbourhood.

In 2015, “Click A Smile” saw a great response, with over 1,700 entries from 80 countries, is all set to be a bigger success in 2016, growing with zealous participation every year. The entries will be judged by a panel of well-known industry experts, who will select the winners. These winners will be given trophies, certificates and gift vouchers. The enthusiasts can mark their participations from November 20, 2016 to December 23, 2016, by uploading their best three photographs with suitable captions.

  • Contest Name: Click a Smile
  • Description: Contestants must submit up to three photographs clicked by them. The photographs can be either in color or black and white.
  • Theme: A smiling child or a group of happy children
  • Copyright: Copyright for images remains with the respective entrants
  • Usage rights: The Akshaya Patra Foundation has the right to use the images of all entries submitted for marketing & promotional purposes
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Competition dates: November 20, 2016 to December 23, 2016
  • Who can participate: Open to all photographers worldwide
  • Image Specifications: JPEG images less than 4 MB in size and should have a minimum resolution of 800 pixels.
  • Prizes: Trophy & Gift Voucher
  • Website link: http://www.akshayapatra.org/click-a-smile

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to showcase your talent to the world. You can contribute in spreading the light emanating from the innocent smiles of children. Register Now!



Organizations partner with Akshaya Patra Foundation to eradicate hunger

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Akshaya Patra Foundation is a Bengaluru based NGO catering the needs of underprivileged children across India via their mid-day meal services. The NGO is also gathering lot of attention and appreciation on international platform too, with its thriving efforts towards eradicating hunger and illiteracy. They know that lack of education and lack of hunger are the barricades in growth of a nation. That is why Akshaya Patra Foundation is working towards improving the same. Akshaya Patra Foundation has partnered with number of organizations and individuals to work for the benefits of children in India.

Akshaya Patra Foundation receives one percent of Kavita Vision’s online sale in the form of donation from its ventures Radhavallabh.com and Krishnastores.com. Kavita Vision is engaged in exporting original and handcrafted products for deities and deity altars to individuals and temples across the world. On sale of their every notebook, MyCopie is donating a part of its revenue to Akshaya Patra Foundation so that children never give up their education because of hunger. MyCopie is a stationary brand for students.

CashKaro.com teamed up with APF and offers their customers to donate their ‘cashback’ to Akshaya Patra Donation. CashKaro.com provides cash back on more than 500 brands. Good Food For Good is a social enterprise which donates a meal on its each sale. This Toronto based enterprise was founded with the vision to make a difference in the world. Jackfruit365 is helping Akshaya Patra in many ways. They asked their customers to donate in Akshaya Patra Donation, they donate a sponsorship fee for 5 mid-day meals on sale of every pack and they also requested their corporate cafeterias and restaurants to donate for one mid-day meal. Jackfruit365 is an initiative taken by James Joseph for making jackfruit available to public throughout the year.

Using PriceBurp coupons while shopping, will give the organization an opportunity to donate a mid-day meal to underprivileged school children across India. PriceBurp.com is a coupon based Indian website. Saavn will donate for one mid-day meal to Akshaya Patra Foundation for every hour’s music streaming via their website on app. Saavn is renowned amongst Indians for its digital music service. They have partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation with a goal to feed 5,000 school children for a year. Swiggy donated Rs 15 to APF on every order they took on Independence Day under their initiative, ‘Freedom from Hunger’. Swiggy is a food ordering and delivery organization came forward to partner with Akshaya Patra Foundation to raise funds for 200 school children, to be fed for a year.

Campaigns organized by Tweet2Health, Unlockar and Vasudev Adiga also offered benefits to their customers in various forms so that they could contribute a bit and support Akshaya Patra Foundation and be a part of this noble cause. Interested people can contact them at infodesk@akshayapatra.org.