Swiggy supporting Akshay Patra Foundation

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India is one of those countries which unfortunately stand high on the ranking index when it comes to social devils like malnutrition among children; World Bank concluded this on the basis of a survey. We have highest number of underweighted children and that’s too below the age of three, in spite of 50% growth in GDP since last century. The number is so huge in India that our contribution of malnourished children is one third in total of this population all over the world which is half the root cause of the child mortality rate.
Government is trying its best but it’s still lagging behind in implementing the effective-efficient schemes. Akshaya Patra Foundation is such a non-profit organization which is following the path of one of the schemes of government of India, i.e. midday meal and working towards providing the essential nutrients to more than 11 lakh school children in almost a dozen states across the nation on daily basis. Akshaya Patra is working with the motive “no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”, of its existence on this planet. The organization mainly focuses on those schools where children who belong to underprivileged sector of society enroll themselves.
Recently on the Independence Day, a food ordering and delivering company based out of Bangalore named Swiggy, decided to contribute fifteen rupees from its every order to Akshaya Patra Foundation, which comes out to be covering cost of food for 200 school children. They also encouraged their customers this Independence Day to come forward and order food, this time not only for themselves but indirectly help in providing a day’s meal to a child who is fighting against hunger right now.

Boy with the iron fist

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Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Zilla Parishad High School in Kanukunta village, Jinnaram Mandal in Medak district, Hyderabad is a cheerful place to be. It’s here we meet Kiran, a 15-year-old boy who wants to make a difference in this world. Kiran is a 10th standard Akshaya Patra beneficiary who has a firm determination to join the police force with a moral virtue to serve and protect the public.

Kiran is born and brought up in Kanukunta village. His family is into agriculture and owns a small plot. His parents work as farmers to earn their livelihood. He has an older brother who is married and also practices farming. While Kiran projects an energetic boldness, he has a humble personality. “When I join the police force, I wish to serve the public wholeheartedly. I want to fulfil this for my family. I know I have to work hard to achieve this,” says a confident Kiran.

Kiran is happy to show his appreciation toward the Akshaya Patra meals, and tells us that he and his friends are fond of the food. “I like the fruits also,” said Kiran (Fruits are provided to various schools in Hyderabad by Akshaya Patra).

Kiran is fluent in Telegu. He is quick to tell us that he likes mathematics. He points out that learning his state’s language is important to him to communicate with people, especially if he has to join the police force.

Kiran looks forward to joining the police service as soon as he completes his education. “I will do my further studies and then write the IPS exam,” he says.
Kiran’s moral disposition boosts his willpower to reach his dreams of become a public servant of the country. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

5th win at SAFA Awards!!

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Akshaya Patra has won the SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013 in the Non-Governmental Organizations (including NPOs) category! In this highly illustrious contest evaluated by SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants), Akshaya Patra has come first, ahead of all the SAARC countries participating. This exemplifies the excellent standards that the Foundation continues to maintain in its financial accounting.

The award was conferred to Akshaya Patra on 4th December in Bhubaneshwar, and was accepted by Achytya Krishna, on behalf of the organisation. The Annual Report was evaluated based on certain stringent criteria like Improvement in Transparency, Accountability and Governance shown in the entries submitted by the South Asian countries.

Expressing his pleasure over receiving the award Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of Akshaya Patra said, “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award, SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013. This is indeed a testimony to our adherence to the highest standards of governance philosophy and our continuous strive for excellence by adopting the best practices. The award encourages us to keep performing efficiently and ethically”.

SAFA is a platform for professional accountancy agencies to work towards the continued progression and distinction of the accountancy profession in the SAARC region. This is the fifth time that Akshaya Patra is receiving a SAFA Award.

CII Food Safety Awards airing on Zee Business

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CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) held the Awards Ceremony of National Awards for Food Safety 2014 as part of the 9th National Food Safety and Quality Summit on 2nd December, 2014. The awards ceremony was covered by Zee Business and will be aired for half an hour on the following dates and times:

20th December (Saturday): 3.30 p.m.
21st December (Sunday): 5.30 p.m.

Akshaya Patra’s VK Hill kitchen was conferred the highest award of ‘Outstanding Performance in Food Safety’ and the Hubli kitchen received the 2nd highest award of ‘Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety’.

Tune in to the Zee Business Channel to watch the coverage.

Platinum win at 3rd Annual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma

Akshaya Patra, Gujarat won the Platinum award in the first category at the 3rd Annakshayapatraual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma. The event attended by about 500 people from India and abroad was hosted on 9th October by Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd, Vadodara.

About 40 case studies by leading manufacturing companies were put forward in the session on Lean Six Sigma tools, from which Akshaya Patra was the first and only NGO to participate in the session. The Foundation received a standing ovation from the competition’s esteemed judges and audience for their case study. Along with Akshaya Patra, there were two other Platinum award winners in the first category.

The other award categories were Diamond and Gold awards.

The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Per Petersson, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author; Guest of Honour was Dan Blucher, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author, with Guest Speaker Sandesh Kadam, Site President, Reliance Industries Limited at Silvassa. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Tushar Dange, Amarnath Sharma, Amrit Sahoo, Puneet Tripathi and Ajay Wagh.

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Lean Six Sigma for Global Competitiveness’. Global Competitiveness here refers to India’s best performance across economic, social and environmental conditions. It encourages data driven policy based on evidences, identification of good practices, and improvement in statistical standards, amongst others. In line with this a Lean Six Sigma approach enables organisations to produce a product/service better by eliminating redundancy, decreasing output time, reducing wastage and developing a zero defect product.

The project which was implemented in Surat achieved the reduction of cooking gas cost by 10 per cent, and streamlined certain processes like raw material flow to the machine, and optimisation of baking temperature and machine speed. In fact the kitchen team achieved four to five times the goal they had set for the project.

This annual convention provided a platform for a wide cross section of industrialists from varying leading companies to discuss real life case studies on how Lean and Six Sigma practices will help streamline and enhance a company’s results. It is an honour for Akshaya Patra to be a part of this programme and receive this illustrious award.

‘The Possibilities’ – A film by Akshaya Patra

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‘One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood’. – Agatha Christie

Agreed.Childhood is those years of life which are cherished by most of us, but the story is not same in many cases. Akshaya Patra captures an overview on its latest film – ‘The Possibilities.’ This compelling film brings to fore the plight children go through when they are not presented with a childhood they deserve.The film will be released on the eve of Children’s Day – 13th November, 2014.

‘The Possibilities’ portrays various struggles the child protagonist undergoes in order to survive. And how just one wholesome mid-day meal served every day at school can change his life.

  1. R. Rahman and Viacom/MTV have kindly offered the famous soundtrack ‘Naan Yen Piranthen’ as background music for the film. The child’s role is performed by Chetan, a Malayalam child artist. The film is expected to reach millions bringing their attention to possibilities in life of a child who is affected by hunger and how mid-day meals can change it.

The Possibilities’ relays a strong message about the importance of the mid-day programme. We believe the film will touch many hearts and bring nutritious food to more underserved children of our nation. We are immensely delighted and honoured as the legendary musician; Mr. A. R. Rahman has kindly agreed to donate his popular track ‘Naan Yen…’ as a background track enhancing the impact of the film. We are also grateful to Viacom/ MTV for helping us use the track for the benefit of children. The music complements the essence of the film and sends out a powerful message,” said Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO headquartered in Bangalore, implements mid-day meal program in partnership with Government of India and various State Governments. The organisation is commended for its hygienically prepared nutritious food. This world largest (NGO run) mid-day meals program reach 1.4 million children from over 10,000 schools across 10 states in India.

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Not everything is in our hands to change in a child’s life.

 

Launching Feed by ‘Like’ Campaign

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is launching an online campaign?Feed by ‘Like’ on 11th November, 2014. When one likes Akshaya Patra’s Facebook page, a donor contributes a meal to a child. With all the fans participating, it is quite a lot of meals for children hungry in school. That is the idea of the impact this campaign should have. This campaign aims to increase its Facebook reach further by increasing fan base.

Besides increasing the fan base of Facebook, the campaign?Feed by ‘Like‘ should also increase lead generation and brand awareness through Facebook and all the other online channels implemented. Getting support through sponsors and increase interaction and engagement are also the prospective outcomes.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that implements mid-day meal programme in over 10,000 Government and Government aided school across India. The kitchens of Akshaya Patra are spread over 23 locations across 10 States in India, reaching 1.4 million children with a hearty meal every school day. The organisation works in public-private partnership with the Government of India and several State Governments in the country. The organisation aims to reach 5 million children by 2020 and is continuously working to accomplish it.
Spread the word to feed the children by liking our page: http://goo.gl/eoZtcS

Akshaya Patra, a charitable trust in India

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When one surfs the internet he finds a number of charitable trusts in India alone. Of the many trusts some are involved in providing mid-day meal in India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charitable trust in India implementing the mid-day meal programme. This charitable trust in India has been functional since June 2000. In its journey of 14 years, it has served mid-day meal to 1.4 million children across more than 10, 600 Government schools in India. Akshaya Patra is present in 23 locations across states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
This charitable trust in India functions in Public-Private Partnership model. It receives grants and subsidies from the Central Government and various State Governments. The Foundation is also eligible to raise funds in the form of donations to sustain and expand the programme in other locations of India. Apart from the primary cause of providingmid-day meal in India, this charitable trust in India is also engaged in other initiatives as mentioned below:
Other feeding initiatives of Akshaya Patra:

a) Anganwadi feeding
b) Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
c) Feeding in special schools
d) Subsidised lunch for the economically backward
e) Feeding runaway children
f) Feeding in old-age homes
g) Feeding the homeless
h) Disaster relief

Social initiatives of Akshaya Patra:
a) After-class tuitions
b) Life skills programme
c) Community health camps
d) Scholarship programmes
e) Health check-up camps

In order to evaluate the progress of the mid-day meal programme in impacting the lives of the underserved children,Akshaya Patra has conducted many impact studies. The summary of the studies can be availed at Impact Study. These studies evaluated the extent to which this charitable trust in India has been successful in achieving the six main objectives of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme as mentioned below:

o Eliminating classroom hunger
o Increasing school enrolment
o Increasing school attendance
o Improving socialisation among communities
o Addressing malnutrition, and
o Women empowerment
Everyone has their own reason to donate to charity in India or elsewhere. The reasons mainly depend upon the individual’s interest and potential of a particular cause. Over time, NGOs have evolved many innovative ideas of fundraising. Fundraise with us and Fundraising ideas are two sections of Akshaya Patra that will provide a list of interesting activities that can be done to raise donations while creating awareness about the cause. In present times, one can choose either offline or online medium to donate to charity in India. Apart from choosing to donate to charity in India, one can also choose to contribute to the mid-day meal programme in India through their time and skill, i.e. through volunteering. Get involved will provide various volunteering options to choose from for the benefit of the children. Read millions of heart warming tales of the young beneficiaries at Stories of hope. Their stories may be different but what’s common is the determination to achieve their dreams.
Support a dream today!

Akshaya Patra Foundation Helps Jammu Kashmir Flood Victims

Helping the needy is not charity but our social responsibility! Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ahmedabad demonstrates this by supporting flood relief services in Jammu and Kashmir by providing 75,000 packets of food which comprised of over 3 lakh rotis prepared at the new centralised kitchen. From the shop level staff to the Managerial cadre everyone contributed their services to this cause.

FOOD CONTAMINATION AT AKSHAYA PATRA KITCHEN RULED OUT

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Public Health Institute (PHI) report confirms food was safe.

It may be recalled that on Friday, September 19, 2014, some students of Government Urdu Higher Primary School, DJ Halli, Bangalore, had complained of stomach ache and vomiting. As reported in the media, about 350 students were rushed to Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College & Hospital. The students were under observation for a few hours and all of them were discharged the same evening as there were no serious medical issues.

The leftover of the food from the school was sent for investigation to the State Public Health Institute (PHI). Today the PHI has released their report and has said that the count of E-Coli and Coliform pathogens are within safe limits (PHI report enclosed).

The media hadalso reported that a dead lizard was found in one of the rice container in the school on Sept 19th. The PHI report also says that there were no traces of Salmonella bacteria, which is associated with lizard poisoning.

Akshaya Patra has a protocol for testing& documenting the ingredients that are used in it’s kitchens on a periodic basis from certified NABL accredited laboratories apart from following well established in-house quality control protocols .

Akshaya Patra reaffirms its commitment to provide safe nutritious food to the school going children. Akshaya Patra kitchens are ISO 22000 certified, which involves Good Hygiene practices (GHP), Good House-keeping practices, Good manufacturing practices,strict documentation of the various stages of production process, tracking all critical points in the process flow, periodic training of kitchen staff on safe food handling, etc.

Akshaya Patra also affirms a culture of continuous improvement to make the food served daily to children is safe, nutritious and tasty. In the entire Akshaya Patra cooking process there is minimum human handling to ensure hygiene and food safety.

Akshaya Patra invites government officials, school teachers, public leaders, media representatives, etc. to make a visit to the kitchen, with or without prior notice, to understand the process and precautions we follow. We also welcome any suggestions for further improvement.

Akshaya Patra requests the support of the government, donors and media in our humble efforts to serve school-going children with mid-day meals and support their nutrition and education.