It has also empowered us to build relationships with corporations and foundations interested in making a difference in the lives of children. The Caterpillar Corporation donated over $2 million for our newest kitchen being built in Lucknow that will serve 100,000 additional children annually. ConAgra Foods has sponsored vehicles and distribution vessels and meals for children in Gujarat.
We know that you, and all of our dedicated supporters, are committed to taking action to improve the lives of children in India. Help us reach our next goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020!
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has awarded the Akshaya Patra USA the Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting! Akshaya Patra’s outstanding achievement in non-profit transparency and accountability has earned us the award for the fifth consecutive year and has entered us into the ICAI Hall of Fame!
Transparency and accountability are at the center of the Akshaya Patra model. Without the trust of donors like you we could not have scaled from serving meals to 1,500 children in 5 schools to 1.3 million students in 10,050 schools in just 13 years. Our commitment to transparency and accountability ensure that our program can efficiently and safely provide over a million nutritious meals to deserving children across India.
When asked how Akshaya Patra's meals are changing lives, Executive Director of Akshaya Patra India, Shridhar Venkat likes to share the following story:
“I keep telling this story to every new person I meet. I happened to meet this young boy, who was a beneficiary of Akshaya Patra a few years back. He had graduated and was now working. He was the son of a security guard, his father used to earn hardly Rs.1500 per month and he had four siblings. When he came to meet me, he came with a white envelope.
He told me that his father had been a temporary security guard. He said that he used to get 40% marks in 8th grade and many times he would faint during class, because there was no food at home. After Akshaya Patra came to his school, his attention span went up, he was able to focus on his studies. He was able to study hard, play hard. In 10th grade he got a grade of 92% and received scholarships to study 11th and 12th. He then got 97% in PCM and went on to earn a Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science.
In the envelope, in his hand was the offer letter from a leading company, MNC. He said his father no longer works, and he takes care of him. That’s the power of a meal. Most of us take meals for granted. But there are many millions of children in this country who go to bed hungry. This boy was one of them and that’s the difference it made”