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”