Rather than attend school, many children must earn money to bring food to their family's table, foregoing long-term opportunities to focus on short-term necessities. The result? Poor health and educational outcomes that trap them in the cycle of poverty.
of the world's malnourished children live in India
drop out before reaching the 5th grade
drop out to work for money or to help at home
Studies prove our meals are improving educational outcomes for under-served children in India. Our meals give children an incentive to come to school and provides them with the nutrients growing children need to succeed.
children served DAILY
participate in our program
collaborate with Akshaya Patra
Feeding 1.39 million children a day is no easy task. So we designed high-tech, high-yield kitchens that have allowed us to grow exponentially. In 2000, we served daily school meals to 1,500 children in 5 schools. Today we serve 1.39 million children everday in over 10,060 schools across India!
are prepared in 5 hours in Hubli
are prepared in one hour
across India serve 1.39 million children
With the support of India's federal and state governments, Akshaya Patra can feed one child for an entire year for just $15. Our government partners provide cash and grain subsidies that cut our cost per meal by over a half! Our model exemplifies what can be accomplished when the public, and private sector, and civic society collaborate: a model of scale, efficiency, and impact.
average cost of one Akshaya Patra meal
per meal provided by government subsidies
is what it costs Akshaya Patra per meal
Increased enrollment, especially for girls. Lower drop out rates. Better academic performance. Better health. Everywhere, our model is making a positive impact on the lives of children and their families.
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By providing school meals to children, Akshaya Patra ensures that no child is deprived of education because of hunger and provides them with opportunities for a better, more prosperous future. This scalable model has the potential of being replicated across the globe. Together, we can eradicate world hunger one child at a time!
#24 of world's Top 100 NGOs ~Global Journal
NGO in world
"Children & Youth" Category
Ranking based on
impact, innovation and efficiency
~The Global Journal
Akshaya Patra is promoting education for millions of underserved children everyday, one nutritious meal at a time. In August 2012, we served our one-billionth meal. With your support, we can serve a billion more and make a difference in the lives of 5 million children by 2020.