As one of the prominent mid-day meal NGO in India, The Akshaya Patra Foundation takes the responsibility and initiative to spread awareness about the situation of classroom hunger in India. Taking this attempt forward, Shridhar Venkat, CEO along with T.V. Mohandas Pai, a Trustee of The The foundation recently addressed a gathering of Rotary Club members with Dr. João Cravinho, the Ambassador of the European Union to India; Shailesh Vishnubhai Haribhakti, Advisor at Gaja Capital Partners, Director of IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd; Sumantra Sen, CEO JSW Foundation and Madhav Das, Chief Communication Officer of Deutche Bank being some of the dignitaries. The representatives of this NGO in India gave an elaborate picture of India being home to 40% of the world’s total 165 million malnourished children. They presented the various efforts being undertaken by the Foundation towards countering classroom hunger in India which will eventually also answer the problem of hunger and poverty. But, there is a long way to go.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation steers its activities towards the clear vision that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. This NGO has the practical conviction that education has the power to rid a family from the clutches of poverty, illiteracy and hunger; and eventually the society too. Being a mid-day meal NGO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has always kept food safety and quality as its top priorities. Harnessing the power of technology, this NGO in India operates state-of-the-art automated kitchen facilities that can cook hygienic, nutritious and healthy meals for 1,000 children in a matter of just 15 minutes. In order to tackle classroom hunger in India effectively, the meal provided should be consumable by every child, hence the NGO provides a universal meal that can be consumed by all children irrespective of caste, creed and religion. This factor fosters further socialisation among children as they share the same meal. The discussion also highlighted the organisation’s role in other feeding programmes including disaster relief like the recent Nepal earthquake.
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