Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

Akshaya Patra's mission is to simultaneously address childhood hunger and malnutrition and to promote education for underserved children in India.
Oct 16, 2014

Happy Diwali from Akshaya Patra

Mounesh and Savitha
Mounesh and Savitha

When Savitha and Mounesh began school in Bangalore they were the first in their large family to attend school.  “When we joined school, we didn’t know a single alphabet, neither in Kannada nor in English. Even writing our name was a distant dream. But we picked up. Although it took us two years, we were finally on par with fellow classmates”.  

Determined to achieve their dreams no matter what the odds, Savitha and Mounesh come from the humblest of origins.  The children of farmers from Ahmednagar, their parents were forced to move the family to the slums of Bangalore when severe droughts devastated the crops.  Now they struggle to provide for their family of 17 while working irregularly as daily-wage laborers. Studying by candle light and surviving on Akshaya Patra’s nutritious school meals, Mounesh says, “I would push myself to go to school. If not for the mid-day meal, I don’t think I would’ve had the minimum attendance needed to write my annual exams.”

Savitha and Mounesh are the first among their family to become literate. This May they achieved another first—both of them passed their 10th grade exams and are starting college. Savitha dreams of working as a psychologist and Mounesh is studying hard to become a lawyer. 

Everyday Akshaya Patra’s school meals are changing the lives of children just like Mounesh and Savitha. For families living on the edge, these wholesome meals are a welcome relief that empowers them to support their children’s dreams of education.  With the help of Akshaya Patra’s meals, children who have inherited a legacy of poverty and illiteracy are graduating from college and taking their place in India’s vital future.  This Diwali, as your family celebrates the warmth of family and friends, help these children in India realize the illuminating power of education. Your generous Diwali gifts sustain the resilient dreams of these children who are Hungry for School.  

Mounesh and Savitha
Mounesh and Savitha

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Jul 30, 2014

President Clinton Visits Akshaya Patra in Jaipur

President Clinton visits school served in Jaipur
President Clinton visits school served in Jaipur
Former President Bill Clinton visited the Akshaya Patra's in Jaipur Kitchen on July 16. The kitchen, which is part of Akshaya Patra's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action,  was built in 2004 and currently serves over 106,000 students in more than 1,400 schools! 
  
President Clinton also met with students, their parents, and school administrators at schools that benefit from our school meal program. 
 
"This CGI commitment is a very important program," said President Clinton. "The lunches served are not only healthy meals for kids, they are also tools that help to get more children into the classroom."
 
Since making the Commitment to Action as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, awareness about Akshaya Patra has grown tremendously and enabled us to meet new compassionate and generous supporters of our school meal program.  

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!

Feb 19, 2014

Akshaya Patra Gold Shield and Enters Hall of Fame

Akshaya Patra Children Learning
Akshaya Patra Children Learning

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.

The Gold Shield Award
The Gold Shield Award

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