Akshaya Patra Reviewed as Best NGO

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
was reviewed as the ‘Best NGO’ title at the prestigious 14th Mother Teresa Awards 2014. The event was held at The Loyola College of Business Administration (LIBA). Konijeti Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu presented the award to Akshaya Patra Foundation. This award is presented every year to the organizations based on their efforts for social welfare and activities under the category of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The event was attended by various renowned eminent personalities like Dr.P.Srinivasan MD, Jeevan Blood Bank; Mr. N. Vital, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Govt of India and Chairman Mother Teresa Award committee; Fr.N.Casmir Raj, Founder and President, LIBA; and Dr.T.A. Sivasubramaniam, Director, LIBA. Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “It is a great moment of pride for Akshaya Patra Foundation. It feels great to support such noble causes and work for the welfare of society.”

The sincere efforts and commitment of Akshaya Patra Foundation to work for the welfare of society and its contribution towards social causes were acknowledged in the form of ‘Best NGO Award.’ The organization was honored for its great causes and vision to eliminate the prevailing social ills hunger, malnutrition, child mortality, illiteracy and poverty in India. Various NGOs were analyzed based on several parameters like their annual spending, history & past events, commitment to their causes and the impact of their CSR activities.  Based on this criteria, a few organizations were short listed by a team of six researchers from LIBA. The final decision was taken by an esteemed awards committee comprising of a select jury and experts who presented the Mother Teresa Award 2014 across several categories.

Akshaya Patra rewarded for Excellence in their field at International ARC Awards 2015

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Akshaya Patra Foundation, a nonprofit organization with its headquarters in Bengaluru, is globally acknowledged for its noble cause of eliminating hunger and malnutrition in India. Akshaya Patra Foundation aims that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ and looks forward to reach out to 5 million children by the year 2020. In less than 15 years, Akshaya Patra Foundation has gained considerable success in eliminating hunger , child malnourishment, child mortality, illiteracy, poverty and is considered as one of the most effective NGOs.
‘The Fab Five Superheroes’; the annual report of Akshaya Patra 2013-14 won the Silver award under the ‘Foundation’ category of Non-Traditional Annual Reports at the 2015 International ARC Awards. The ARC Awards; the international competition honoring outstanding achievements in Annual reports had 2,065 entries from different countries. It was first started in 1987 by MerComm Inc. and and recognizes the achievements of publicly-held Corporations, privately-owned companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and associations.
The noble cause and achievements of Akshaya Patra were acknowledged in the form of Grand Award in the best of International category (Mid-East/India). The organization was also awarded Gold Award in 2013 and 2014 for its annual reports at ARC awards. The annual report of Akshaya Patra; ‘The Fab Five Superheroes’ brings forth the noble cause of the organization which is to ensure the basic amenities like nutrition and education. It is not just limited to present the account of progress of the organization but also highlights the power of nutrition and education in transforming the lives of five kids who are struggling to survive against all odds. The annual reports of the organizations in ARC awards are judged on the parameters and key elements like how the story of the organization is presented, the use of creativity in presenting the contents, clarity and transparency in thoughts, ideas and writing, effectiveness and efficiency of the organization, representation of figures and financial data and clarity in the expression of organization’s ethos and beliefs.

‘The Possibilities’ – A film by Akshaya Patra


‘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


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

CM opens modern kitchen of Akshay Patra Foundation

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today opened the 23rd centralised transparent modern kitchen of Akshay Patra Foundation at Bhadaj village near here to serving hot, nutritios mid-day meal to kids at nearby ‘anganwadis’.

She then herself served food to the toddlers.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Patel said there was a long tradition of providing food to the hungry in India.

She called upon the affluent class, corporate houses and philanthropists donating money for temples and religious places to spend money on social causes too, like modern kitchens to make Gujarat more progressive, educated, cultured, healthy, clean and green.

She said the modern mid-day meal scheme has also helped check dropout rates in schools in the state.

Ms Patel said her government’s another campaign was to provide toilet facility in every home in Gujarat over the next three years.

Lauding the efforts of Akshay Patra foundation, established in 2007, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the state government was planning to start quality mid-day meal scheme in collaboration with the foundation in Bhavnagar and Jamnagar cities and in the districts.

The Akshay Patra kitchen has been built by the foundation at a cost of Rs 15 crore on a two-acre plot donated by a family. UNI KK KAC SB BD1948 NNNN

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bangalore, India. The organization strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight not only hunger but also to bring children to school and there by provide food for education.

Since 2000, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day.

Akshaya Patra is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they spark curiosity among many enthusiasts from around the world.

In partnership with the Government of India and its respective State Governments, and inestimable support from many businesses, philanthropic donors and well-wishers; we have grown from our humble beginnings in the year 2000, serving just 1500 children across 5 schools. Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.39 million children from 10,631 schools across 10 states in India.


A brief on the growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

On November 28, 2001 the Supreme Court of India passed a mandate that: “Cooked mid-day meal is to be provided in all the Government and Government-aided primary schools in all the states.” Akshaya Patra was called upon to provide testimonies to the Supreme Court in order to have the mandate passed.

By the time the Ministry of Human Resource Development – Department of School Health and Education extended its support to the initiative in 2003, Akshaya Patra was already reaching out to 23,000 children.

Today, Akshaya Patra has grown from One (in the year 2000) to 22 locations spread across 10 states in India, a result of the successful partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments as well as the generosity of thousands of supporters.