The smiles on the faces of children, their chitter-chatter and the eyes that constantly look out for the blue delivery vans, are what keeps The Akshaya Patra Foundation going. What started as feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka has grown to be recognised as the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. The Foundation feeds the children who hail from challenging socio-economic backgrounds with nutritious school meals.

The foundation feeds children studying in 19,039 Government and Government-aided schools from its centralised and decentralised kitchens. …


In the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of affected people is constantly on the rise. The world economy has taken a dip like never before with more number of people becoming jobless or suffering job insecurity.

The labour force of India increased from 424 million in July to 428 million in August, implying that the number of unemployed people increased from 32 million to 36 million.

With majority of the labour force hailing from low-income sections of the society, how much they struggle to make ends meet, is unimaginable. There is one thing in common in the…


“Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together” is the theme of this year’s World Food Day. Celebrated on 16th October in over 150 countries, and was established by Food and Agriculture Organisation’s member countries in 1979. [A1] There are 690 million people who are affected by hunger. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is estimated to put 132 million more people into the food insecurity bracket by the end of 2020.

To meet the, food needs of the poor during COVID-19 crisis various NGOs have stepped up to feed the needy amid the COVID pandemic. To answer their questions like, “Where do I find food…


Giving back to the society has been encouraged time and again. People have joined hands with each other and with various NGOs to bring about a change in communities and the nation as a whole. To make bigger impacts, many individuals and several NGOs in India came together and decided to launch ‘India Giving Week’ in 2009. By 2013, this festival grew manifold and it was necessary to give it a name that was easily understood by everyone. Hence, in 2014, the Joy of Giving Week was renamed as Daan Utsav.

2020 is the 12th year of Daan Utsav and…


Imagine a scene where a group of children are fighting over scraps of food with a stray dog. It is very disturbing, isn’t it? This is a real story that took place in Kolkata where His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was moved by this incident in Mayapur. After this event, he was determined to make sure that no child within a radius of 10 miles from the centre goes hungry.

His determination sowed the seeds of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. It began feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru in the year 2000. After the mandate…


Established in 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs in India. It provides nutritious mid-day meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is present in 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories.

Aside from its core cause, Akshaya Patra provides food relief to the needy during crisis situations. In the past, it has supported crisis-hit people during floods, cyclones, and earthquake. Presently, it is providing food relief to the marginalised and low-income sections of the society under its COVID Relief Services.

Akshaya Patra’s service during COVID-19 crisis


“Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love!”

- Mother Teresa

5th of September was chosen to commemorate the death anniversary of Mother Teresa. Recognising the role of charities and individuals to alleviate crisis around the world, the United Nations’ General Assembly designated 5th of September as International Day of Charity.

There are over 3 million charities in India that serve various causes ranging from child health, animal welfare, environment conservation, etc. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity in India that works towards the core cause of implementing the Mid-Day…


The hazards of using disposable plastic plates, cups, spoons and tumblers are well-known. People are much aware about its harmful effects on our body and are making healthy choices by opting for either steel, earthenware or glassware crockeries or cutleries. So, why not introduce this hygienic aspect in the lives of mid-day meal beneficiary children too?

Children studying in Government and Government-aided schools get free meals as a part of the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme every day. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer MDM NGOs in India. It is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal…


Day after day, the number of people affected by COVID-19 is increasing rapidly all over the world. Millions of people are left stranded without homes and without a job in hand or proper food to eat. There are around 2.84 million cases in India and Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID cases. The latest numbers in Maharashtra as of 21 August 2020 according to the Government are:

Confirmed cases: 6,43,289

Number of deaths: 21,359

Number of recovered patients: 4,59,124

Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India and was unprepared when the pandemic struck the nation. Being densely populated…


Life is filled with fun and frolic as kids. There is nothing to worry about other than eat, play, study and friends. Childhood holds the best place in our memories; school is one place where you make moments that remain etched in your brains till you grow up to be old.

Remembering lunch breaks and the thoughts of sharing home-cooked food with friends brings a satisfying smile on our faces. But, there are millions of children who cannot afford to bring home-cooked food. These children come to schools only because they get free meals once a day that they would…

Akshaya Patra

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India for children provides mid-day meals for 1.7 million children across 12 states. https://www.akshayapatra.org/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store