Akshaya Patra is an initiative of ISKCON Bangalore to provide mid-day meals in the rural schools for the underprivileged children and thus support their education. The vision statement of Akshaya Patra states: No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.

In June 2000, the Akshaya Patra Foundation started feeding 1500 children in Bangalore and today it is reaching out to more than 1.76 million children every day. Akshaya Patra is currently operating in 42 locations across 12 states of India and is conferred as the World’s Largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Program. The mission is to reach 5 million children by 2020.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation works in partnership with the Central and various State Governments of India to provide mid-day meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. The Foundation runs its operations through two kitchen models: Centralized Kitchens, which are suitable for urban and semi-urban locations, are mostly mechanized and employ innovative technology to cook meals for thousands of children within a few hours. Decentralized Kitchens are set-up in areas that are not easily accessible and employ women of that particular area for the cooking process.

Akshaya Patra Kitchens are located in:

State/ Location Year Started Type of Kitchen
Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam October 2008 Centralised Kitchen
Kakinada December 2015 Centralised Kitchen
Mangalagiri 2015 Centralised Kitchen
Nellore 2017 Centralised Kitchen
Guwahati February 2010 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Bhilai January 2009 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Ahmedabad August 2014 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Bhavnagar June 2017 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Surat June 2012 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Vadodara November 2009 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Kalol Centralised Kitchen
*Bhuj Centralised Kitchen
Bengaluru- HK Hill June 2000 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Bengaluru-Vasanthapura July 2006 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Ballari July 2004 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Hubballi December 2004 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Mangaluru August 2004 Centralised Kitchen
Mysuru July 2007 Centralised Kitchen
Jigani November 2017 Centralised Kitchen
Bhubaneshwar July 2014 Centralised Kitchen
Nayagarh March 2007 Decentralised Kitchen
Puri June 2006 Centralised Kitchen
Rourkela November 2013 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Baran April 2005 Decentralised Kitchen
Jaipur February 2004 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Jodhpur August 2013 Centralised Kitchen
Nathdwara June 2006 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Ajmer August 2016 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Bhilwara April 2018 Centralised Kitchen
Jhalawar May 2018 Centralised Kitchen
Bikaner Centralised Kitchen
Udaipur Centralised Kitchen
Nagpur Centralised Kitchen
Thane August 2017 Centralised Kitchen
Tamil Nadu
Chennai July 2011 Centralised Kitchen
Kandi Centralised Kitchen
Narsingi August 2017 Centralised Kitchen
Kothagudem Centralised Kitchen
Warangal Centralised Kitchen
Kashirampara April 2017 Centralised Kitchen
Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow March 2015 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Vrindavan August 2004 Centralised Kitchen (ISO 22000:2005)
Math,Vrindavan October 2018 Centralised Kitchen

*Feeding from Bhuj kitchen is yet to start

The mid-day meal program has seen positive impact across India. In 2006, A C Nielsen (Mumbai) did a study to measure the impact of this mid-day meal program and observed that this program not only improved the nutritional status of the children but also has resulted in increased enrolment and attendance in the schools. The rate of drop-outs considerably reduced. It also improved the performance of the students in class; their attention span has improved and they have shown good academic progress. In the year 2007, Harvard Business School conducted a study on the operations of Akshaya Patra and included it in their MBA curriculum as a case study on precision and time management. Download the Harvard Business School Case Study on Akshaya Patra Operations. ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) has honoured Akshaya Patra with the gold shield award for excellence in financial reporting.

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