SBI Foundation donates towards hot insulated vessels

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On March 27, 2017, Akshaya Patra received a cheque of Rs 88 lakhs from CSR wing of State Bank of India (SBI) which will be invested towards 1,250 hot insulated vessels. The vessels, customised to maintain food temperature for several hours, will be distributed in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Nathdwara kitchens.

The event was held at ISKCON, Bengaluru in the presence of Mr R Narottham Reddy, President and Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation. During the event, he stressed on the need to eliminate malnutrition in the country. “We are proud to be partnering with Akshaya Patra which is working towards eradicating malnutrition in India, and happy that these Hot Insulated Vessels will be instrumental in delivering hot and nutritious meal to the children. We look forward to a long term association with the Foundation,” he said.

Acharya Ratna Dasa, Chief Project Manager, Akshaya Patra said “We are overwhelmed by the support from SBI Foundation. We take pride in being the first NGO to receive aid by SBI Foundation and we profusely thank them for associating with us.”

Manning the Dream towards Riddhi.

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Wanting to break out of earthly confines and fly high is a dream that is common to much of the human race. However, only a few get to experience the same and soar the skies. Riddhi Barot, an Akshaya Patra beneficiary from Veer Narmad Primary School in Saradnagar Tarsali, Vadodara, studying in Std VII, is one such student. She wants to become a pilot and ride the wind like a bird. There is another potent motivation for this young lady’s dream – making her parents proud. “I want to do it for my parents,” she says.

The daughter of a father who works in an electric shop and a mother who is a homemaker, Riddhi also has two siblings –sister Siddhi (in Std V) and brother Jai (in Std II), studying in the same school. The noted Gujarati writer, freedom fighter and social reformer, Jhaverchand Meghani, is a big inspiration in Riddhi’s life. Her parents and teachers provide her with great motivation and the latter heap praises on the young girl for her neat handwriting!

Academics and sports are Riddhi’s avid interests and she counts Science and English as her favourite subjects. She is also an enthusiastic shuttler and loves to play badminton, besides being active in Scouts and Guides. She is a competitive girl, participating in various contests and looks forward to the drawing competition in particular.

About Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meals served in her school, Riddhi says, “The madhyan bhojan (mid-day meal) is highly nutritious and if this food is not provided at school, we’ll fall ill and lose out on studying and playing.” Her favourite dish is Chana Dal and Bhath, while her siblings, Siddhi and Jai like Dal Dhokli the most.

We wish Riddhi the very best for her future.

Akshaya Patra’s Savory Mid-Day Meal Relished by Bengaluru Mayor.

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It’s heartbreaking to see India as one of the major contributors to the World Hunger index. Daily, more than 3,000 children in India die due to malnutrition and starvation. An unhealthy body does not sustain a healthy mind. To fight this evil, we, at Akshaya Patra Foundation, has been helping poor children in government schools enjoy a nutritious and flavorsome food with their mid-day meal scheme.  The quality of food we offer is constantly monitored by a staff of trained cooks. We go the extra length to ensure the results by holding ‘taste-drives’ for Bengaluru residents.

On December 14, Akshaya Patra held the ‘Taste of Joy’ event, which the mayor of Bengaluru, G Padmavathi graciously inaugurated. The food was then served to the public, who enjoyed it a lot. The objective of this drive was to introduce the high standards of Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal to the people of Bengaluru. A lot of attention was received when everyone shared this event on the social media with hashtags #menuofhope, #tasteofjoy and #zerohunger.

Shridham Krishna Dasa, the chief project manager, explained how the children and their parents have loved Akshay Patra’s cooking and the way they organize the daily routine. Now, they are taking it to the general public and the mayor to show their efforts in making Bengaluru a hunger-free zone.

In a world where the ‘luxury’ of food can’t be enjoyed by everyone, Akshaya Patra has made a significant contribution. It started in the year 2000, when Akshaya Patra used to nourish 1,500 children with their finely prepared food. Right now, that number is around 1.6 million. Other than the mid-day meal, their initiatives also include feeding infants and their mothers at Anganwadis, feeding runaway children, disaster relief, and more. Their noble and generous programme are making waves among Bengaluru’s philanthropists.

 

 

Invoke the Spirit of Christmas by Hosting a Meal for a Child.

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The three wise men gifted Lord Jesus Christ with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. It was an act of generosity and faith that lived throughout the ages to exist as the spirit of Christmas. The joy of gifting cannot be fathomed with words. It’s the first-hand experience that will bring you pure bliss. To bring you that delight, Akshaya Patra is celebrating the Season of Giving.

Akshaya Patra is conducting this event to bring innumerable smiles on the faces of young poor children. The aim of this gathering is to raise war against hunger. It will be held from December 21 to December 23 at DLF Cyberhub, Gurgaon. You can support the needy children with donations at this event. To celebrate the joy of giving, we have placed a huge Santa Claus doll at the DLF CyberHub. In collaboration with 92.7 Big FM, there will be fun activities that’ll rally the Christmas spirit in every heart. You’ll be provided with different toy balls to feed the Santa doll, based on how much you donate. An advance donation can be made here.

India is a land full of wonders and colors. Our daily routine keeps us too busy to care for the deprived children. Akshaya Patra aims to bring down the gap with this initiative. We feed over 1.6 million children across 11 states with our mid-day meal programme. With your assistance, these numbers can increase copiously. Apart from the mid-day meal plans, we help in disaster reliefs. Anganwadi meals sponsored by our NGO ensure infants and new mothers are nourished properly in places that lack facilities. To help unprivileged children, we facilitate educational drives, after-class tuitions, scholarships and life-skill classes. A healthy body is important, so we also conduct health camps. Our work is motivated by the beaming faces of thousands of children we see every day.

Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Mahasadhaka, the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was released by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka. The release took place on 27th of September at Hare Krishna Hill, Bengaluru. Present at the book release were His Holiness  Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore graced the occasion. Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, a well-known writer and Jnanpith awardee was the Guest of Honor.

Governor Vajubhai Vala related the decline in societal values to the lack of religious feelings among people. He said, “It is time to cultivate religious feelings in oneself. At the same time, it is also essential to let go of blind faith. This will help alleviate the degenerating situation in the society today. The present education can give only technical knowledge but it doesn’t teach any samskara.”
He further elaborated that qualities like satya, ahimsa, aparigraha, etc., are integral part of Indian culture.  He also speak of the glory of the Bhagavad-gita, mentioning it as a book that stands above and apart from all the books.
According to Madhu Pandit Dasa, Mahasadhaka lends a glimpse into Srila Prabhupada’s life in India before he set out on an odyssey to the West on his mission and the years he spent all over the world spreading the teachings of Krishna. He revered as the story of one of the greatest spiritual leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Dr. Babu Krishnamurthy expressed his great happiness at having worked on the biography of Srila Prabhupada saying that it was the greatest and most marvelous moments in his life.
Madhu Pandit Dasa also mentioned spoke about the humility of Srila Prabhupada. He said that Srila Prabhupada never promoted himself anywhere for he was a selfless man. He said that Srila Prabhupada is truly an ambassador of Lord Krishna from the spiritual world and that Mahasadhaka is offered to him as a token of honor and appreciation.

Madhu Pandit Dasa talks about construction details of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

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Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, world’s tallest skyscraper temple is already under construction. The work on this temple began on Janmashtami, 18th August 2014, in Vrindavan. The temple would house a tall iconic skyscraper tower. The site of the temple is in Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg (formerly called Chhatikara Road); the main access to Vrindavan on the Delhi-Agra Highway. Madhu Pandit Dasa thinks that such strategic location would bring in huge number of devotees to the temple.

On the auspicious day of Janmashtami, work for RCC piling began on the site. The work was inaugurated in the auspicious presence of Shree Guru Sharanandaji Maharaj and Mrs. Hema Malini, Member of Parliament. Madhu Pandit Dasa regards this phase of work as the most integral one to the project as a temple this massive needs piles to have a sturdy ground foundation. The temple would need around 500 piles of 4ft. in dia, going as deep as 60m in ground. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would stand 210 metres tall. To draw a reference, people should know that Qutub Minar is 72.5 m tall.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would sprawl across an area of 5 acres and surrounded by forests of Braj conceived by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore.

Salient Features of the project

  • 210 meters or 700 ft. in height (70 storey)
  • A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall Viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experience of the different planetary systems described in the Vedic literatures.
  • A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple from descriptions in the Srimad-Bhagavatam; sprawling 26 acres it will consist of the twelve forests (dvadasha kanana) of Braj.
  • Krishna Lila Theme Park attractions will include Themed story telling areas, musical fountains, garden lawn and water features, Yamuna creek for boating experience, Braj heritage village and goshala to recreate the atmosphere of Vrindavan of Lord Krishna.
  • Krishna Heritage museum, Bhagavad-gita Expo, Lecture halls, centre for Krishna heritage studies to ignite minds about Lord Krishna.

Be a partner in madhu pandit dasa’s vision for health and education

akshaya patra partnerships

Akshaya Patra Foundation with its chairman as Madhu Pandit Dasa has been established with a vision to provide food to children The organization has been working hard for this purpose and helping it have been various partners.

Akshaya Patra has partnered with Swiggy which is a food ordering and delivery company. The two organizations came together this Independence day with a common initiative of ‘Freedom from Hunger’ which aims to free children from hunger and illiteracy. With this partnership, the two organizations expect to raise funds enough to feed 200 children for a year.

CashKaro.com , India’s No.1 Cashback and Coupon site has also partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation. Earn cashback on more than 500 brands and donate some or all of your cashback for this noble cause via CashKaro.com

Another company with which Akshaya has partnered is GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD, a Toronto based social enterprise. This company has been donating a meal for every single sale they make

Jackfruit365 was created to make Jackfruit available to the public throughout the year. The objective was to bring down the wastage of the highly nutritious fruit and substitute for the fibre deficiency in a normal person’s average diet. JackFruit365 has partnered with Akshaya Patra and would contribute to in three ways – for every pack sold, the JackFruit365 team would donate a sponsorship fee for 5 mid-day meals; request their partners (restaurants and corporate cafeterias) for every meal they serve with JackFruit365 to donate for one midday meal; and finally, request all their well-wishers to donate generously to Akshaya Patra and help bring poor children to schools.

Kavita Vision has chosen to support Akshaya Patra by donating by 1% of each online sale from its ventures Radhavallabh.com and Krishnastores.com towards the mid-day meal programme.

MyCopie, a stationary brand for students, has partnered with Akshaya Patra to do their bit to feed hungry children across India. To accomplish this, for every notebook sold, MyCopie is donating a part of their revenue to the Foundation, so that children do not have to forego their education due to lack of food.

PriceBurp.com, Saavn, Tweet2Health and many other companies have partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to help strengthen the drive that has been initiated to feed children and keep them healthy and facilitate their education.

part of their revenue to the Foundation, so that children do not have to forego their education due to lack of food.

PriceBurp.com, Saavn, Tweet2Health and many other companies have partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to help strengthen the drive that has been initiated to feed children and keep them healthy and facilitate their education.