60 MILLION COVID-19 Relief Meals Served in Last 60 Days Throughout India
As soon as India declared a national lockdown on March 25th, TAPF launched into its national campaign to provide meals. As of June 10th, TAPF has served over 32 million freshly cooked meals and 684,384 food relief kits with essential groceries - amounting to over 28 million meal servings - totalling over 60 million meals served. The Foundation is undertaking this relief initiative in 17 states and two union territories in association with the Government of India, State Governments, UT Administrations and civic authorities.
Leveraging TAPF’s existing state-of-the-art kitchens across India, freshly cooked meals are prepared and served with the help of volunteers who maintain social distancing. Simultaneously, food relief kits are being distributed to vulnerable communities throughout India, including Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Assam.The contents of these kits are based on the local palate of the region, with each kit having enough dry ration to cook up to 42 or 28 meals.
Speaking about these relief feeding efforts, Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said: “This has only been possible due to the collaborative efforts of everyone involved. I extend my deepest gratitude to various Governments, corporate partners, individual donors, motivated volunteers and all our well-wishers for enabling us to serve people in these difficult times through their sustained support. We will continue to extend our services as long as it is possible.’’
The Akshaya Patra Foundation #72, 3rd Floor, 3rd Main Road, 1st & 2nd Stage Yeshwantpur Industrial Suburb,
Rajajinagar Ward No. 10 Bengaluru – India
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 12 states & 2 union territories in India.
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