The Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra

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Who knows our story better than you – the one reading this on Akshaya Patra’s website? Your tremendous support to our cause of ‘Unlimited Food for Education’ has taken us from one kitchen serving 1,500 school children back in the year 2000 to 27 kitchens in 11 states that feed over 1.6 million school children every day.

We are excited to share that you can now read more about us through a book written by none other than Rashmi Bansal. Rashmi is an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus who is known for her book ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’. Her new release – ‘God’s Own Kitchen: The Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra – A Social Enterprise Run by Monks and CEOs’ showcases the unconventional path taken by our founders.

This is the exciting story of spiritualists and capitalists coming together to launch a unique start-up. And taking it to scale. A ‘Made in India’ success story using the head, the heart and a whole lot of soul.

Excerpts of comments left by readers on Amazon:

“This is one of the classics that I have ever read in my life. The journey of a mega project beginning from scratch is vividly described. The author is extremely talented in bringing out the scenes of the play right in front of the readers, as if it was a live show. Hard work and dedication of Team Akshaya Patra under the able guidance of Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa and Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa is an encouragement for all of us.”

“Inspiring story of Akshaya Patra written in great detail, the book is moving and inspiring, fills the heart with hope, brings out the goodness in us. Must Read…”

You can get it for your Kindle or buy a paperback from here

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Akshaya Patra: Stepping Closer Towards Our Mission.

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The anticipation one feels prior to the arrival of a delicious meal, is unmatched. The joy that follows the sight of a steaming hot meal is even more intense! Isn’t it wonderful that over 1.6 million school children in India get to experience this very joy every day in the form of a nutritious school lunch from Akshaya Patra? As we scale up our efforts to expand across the country, the number of beneficiaries we feed every day is about to rise dramatically too! Thanks to the groundwork laid in 2016, the year 2017 will see us taking a significant leap towards our mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

In 2016, we opened our innings in Maharashtra with our first kitchen in the state, in Nagpur.  We also added two more locations to our presence in Andhra Pradesh – Kakinada and Mangalagiri. Towards the end of the year, in December, we laid the Foundation for our first high-tech mega kitchen at Khandi in Telangana. The construction cost of the kitchen will be covered by the Infosys Foundation, which has donated Rs 18.03 crore towards it. This kitchen will feed over 1,00,000 children in the region from the next academic year.

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We also initiated the process of setting up 11 new kitchens in Uttar Pradesh in the last month of 2016. The groundbreaking ceremony for the same was performed by Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Shri Akhilesh Yadav, on December 26, 2016 at Lok Bhavan, New Secretariat, Lucknow. Children in the districts of Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Etawah, Kannauj, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Rampur and Ballia will benefit from our Mid-Day Meal Programme after the establishment of these kitchens. It will expand our reach to 13 lakh beneficiary children in UP from the current 2,11,680.

We are striving hard to expand our reach across the country, where 179.6 million people live below poverty line. We urgently need your support to ensure that children do not suffer dire consequences due to hunger and lack of education. Walk with us on the road to eliminating classroom hunger now. Join the cause by lending your support!

Give To Receive: Feed Children And Avail 100% Tax Exemption!

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“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread,” said the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Classroom hunger affects the health and future prospects of school-going children. This is an issue that needs all our collective efforts to be effectively tackled and eliminated. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feed a hungry child and receive mental and material benefits from the act? We bet it would! Donating to Akshaya Patra not only nourishes the children of the country, it also brings you a sense of great happiness at having done a noble deed and avails you 100% tax exemption!

How can you avail this tax exemption? As an NGO, Akshaya Patra is registered under section 35AC of the Income Tax Act 1961. Hence, every donation above Rs 500 made to the Foundation is eligible for a 100% tax exemption under Section 80GGA. So, if you make a donation of a minimum of Rs 500, you can avail this benefit. The receipts acknowledging the donation will be sent to you within 10 days of making the donation – the tax certificate is generated within six days and reaches you within 10 days. The good Samaritans outside of India, who wish to donate to the Foundation need not worry either. Non-resident Indians (NRIs), holding an Indian passport too are eligible for 100% tax exemptions under the aforementioned sections of the Income Tax Act.

Isn’t it wonderful, this opportunity to bring about a positive impact on the lives of India’s children and feed their dreams? The benefits are reaped not only by the children of this country but by you as well. So, go ahead and contribute to the cause of ‘Unlimited Food for Education’ here!

You can read in greater detail about free donations here.

Kannada Rajyotsava: What the Day is All About

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or everyone living in Karnataka, the first day of November is a holiday. This day, known as Kannada Rajyotsava, symbolises the birth of Karnataka. In other words, it was the day Karnataka was formed back in 1956. So, how did this occasion come to be?

Here’s a quick look at this historic day and what it is all about.

On November 1, 1956, all the Kannada-speaking states of southern India were amalgamated to form a new state. This entity was originally called Mysore, but the name was too reminiscent of the princely state of yore, which was why the name was changed to ‘Karnataka’ on November 1, 1973.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated with much gusto across the state. The red and yellow colours of the Karnataka flag fill the streets and the flag is hoisted at important locations, while the state anthem, Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate composed by the great poet Kuvempu, is sung. The boundaries of religion, age, caste, gender and income blur, as the state unites to celebrate its formation. The occasion is a tribute to the state of Karnataka and celebrates its glory – from the notable progress it has made, to its ongoing development.

On this day, the State Government confers the Rajyotsava Award upon eminent citizens, who have adorned Karnataka with the jewels of their noteworthy achievements; Akshaya Patra’s Chairman, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, received Rajyotsava Award in the year 2003.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is delighted to have started its journey in this very state in Bengaluru, in the year 2000, by serving meals to children in five schools in the city. Currently, we provide nutritious mid-day meals to children in five cities across Karnataka – Bengaluru, Hubballi, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Ballari, via its six centralised kitchens.  In Karnataka alone, we feed 5,09,252 children in 2,841 Government and Government-aided schools every day.

On this wonderful occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava, the Foundation thanks the state where it was born and expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Karnataka for all the support it has extended. It also thanks its numerous donors and corporates, who have generously contributed to its cause of unlimited food for education.

Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra, on ET NOW

Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Was invited to be on Lufthansa: Runway to Success, a television show which celebrates the spirit of india entrepreneurship. On the show, he spoke about how the partner with Government and like-minded people is helping Akshaya Patra feed over 1.5 million children every school day.

Akshaya Patra Reviewed as Best NGO

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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.

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.