You enter an enormous kitchen early morning at around 6.00 and a whiff of hot meal, cooking, wafts into your nostrils giving you a heavenly feel. You look around to only find a hygienic set up with mechanized way of cooking. The kitchen is no ordinary one; it’s one of the Centralised Kitchens of Akshaya Patra Foundation which provides meals to around 1,368,283 children in 19 locations across 9 states of
every single day.
Started in 2000, with certain objectives in mind, AkshayaPatra in partnership with the Central and various State Governments of India provides mid-day meal to 1.3 million children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools.
Objectives of the mid-day meal scheme
- Avoid classroom hunger,
- Increase school enrollment,
- Increase school attendance
- Improve socialization among castes
- Address malnutrition
- Empower women through employment
In their words, “The Foundation aims at achieving the two most critical Millennium Development Goals: elimination of hunger and universalization of primary education.”
Akshaya Patra has been a huge success with part subsidies that come from Government and rest from the donations from individuals, philanthropists and corporate entities.
So, let us be a part of the world’s largest Mid-day meal provider to bring in change in the lives of the children, by giving them a hunger free world so that they live to achieve their dreams.
For more information on Akshaya Patra and how to do your bit;click Feed The children