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The Akshaya Patra Foundation founded in 2000, that provides food for underprivileged school children in India may discontinue their mission after 2030. When we hear the word Akshaya Patra Foundation, the first point that comes to our mind is regarding a non governmental organization in India that provides nutritious lunches for underprivileged children. You can understand their services from the motto itself. Akshaya Patra Foundation motto is unlimited food for education. When started in the year 2000 in Karnataka state, there was no other state run school meal programs. Today it feeds about millions of childen in 8 states of India. I will correct that sentence once more by adding that it is located in US and UK also. If you are interested to contact Akshaya Patra Foundation, the details are provided below.
Contact Akshaya Patra FoundationAkshaya Patra Foundation website: www.akshayapatra.org
Akshaya Patra Foundation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheAkshayapatraFoundation
Akshaya Patra Foundation Banglore address
Akshaya Patra Foundation United Kingdom address
H K Hill, Chord Road
Ph: 91-80-23471956, 23578346
If you have any immediate concerns, you can call toll free number(for India only): 1800 425 8622
Akshaya Patra Foundation USA address
11thFl, Broadgate West,
1 Snowden Street,
London EC2A 2DQ
Akshaya Patra Foundation Ahmedabad address
92 Montvale Avenue,
Suite 2500 Stoneham,
MA 02180 - USA
Ph: 781-438-3090 ext. 1
Fax : 781 481 9155
Mobile: 978 886 9306
Akshaya Patra Foundation Kolkata address
703, Shapath-I, Opp. Rajpath Club,
S. G. Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Telefax: 91-79-6605 8600/11
Mobile : 9898031919
C/O INFINITY INFOTECH PARKS LTD. "Infinity",
Tower II, 16th Floor Plot A3 ,
Block GP, Sector V Salt Lake Electronics Complex,
Kolkata – 700 091
Phone : 23572828 / 29 / 30
What led to the foundation of Akshaya Patra Foundation?
In the case of underprivileged children in India, lack of food is always a challenge to their education. Inorder to earn a single meal in a day, majority of the children are out of school and into child labor. We often read about child labor news in newspapers. Some people believe that child labor is more common in north Indian states. This is absolutely wrong. Both the south Indian as well as north Indian states are playing an important role in child labor. Akshaya Patra Foundation main objective includes providing underprivileged children with a healthy balanced meal which inturn will increase the classroom attendance. When we consider the total population of children in India, we all know that majority of the children comes from poor family background. In that cases the meal provided by Akshaya Patra Foundation is the only complete meal for the day. This mainly provides them the incentive to come to school. Remember that Akshaya Patra foods are mainly prepared by considering a child's taste and nutrition in mind.
Today Akshaya Patra kitchens are located in 18 centres of India namely Guwahati, Manglore, Bangalore, Hubli, Jaipur, Vrindavan, Baran, Nathdwara, Puri, Bhilai, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Vadodara, Vasanthpura, Nayagarah, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bellary and Mysore respectively. There are 2 types of Akshaya Patra kitchens namely the centralized kitchen and the other is decentralized kitchen respectively. Some of you might be interested to know the differences between these two kitchens, in the case of centralized kitchens, they have a capacity to cook about 1 lakh meals daily. High standards of hygiene are maintained here as there is much less human interference in the cooking process. Here they mainly uses steam heated cauldrons, stainless steel containers and custom built vehicles for cooking process and transportation. From this small points itself we can understand that the role played by Akshaya Patra Foundation is very high. But the case with decentralized kitchen is extremely different. Here the cooking process takes place in an area very close to the school itself. Cooking process is carried out by selected persons. Also the raw materials and infrastructure required for cooking is provided by the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Due to the great contributions made to the world, Akshaya Patra Foundation was given several awards.
Some important Awards won by Akshaya Patra Foundation
Akshayapatra foundation latest news 2012
On August 2012, singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan has been declared as the brand amabassador of Akshaya Patra by ISKCON(International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Bangalore president Madhu Pandita Dasa. But the strange news is that Akshayapatra foundation, a non governmental organization may not continue their mission beyond 2030. The news was revealed at a function to celebrate Akshaya Patra serving the one billionth meal. Anyway we are expecting new programmes from Akshayapatra foundation when they wind up the current programme by 2030.
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