Akshaya Pātra USA

Unlimited food for education

The Power of ONE

ONE person cannot change the world, but you can change the world of ONE person. For just $15 you can support ONE child for ONE year. With autoomatically renewing donations you can transform lives!

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Hungry to Grow

"The school meal provided by Akshaya Patra has brought about a much required change. It has helped the school in increasing attendance and enrollment, especially among girls, and reduced the drop-out rate"

Nazia Tazeem, Principal at Secondary School, Jaipur


Hungry to learn

"I come hungry to school eating very little at home. I love the food that is given here in the Akshaya Patra meal. It motivates me to come to school."

Bhabhani Behera, Student in Primary School, Puri

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Hungry for Opportunity

"I received good, nutritious food which improved my health and attention span. I went to school regularly and took great interest in studies. Now I'm a teacher and fully understand the impact of nutrition on education."

Dhanalaxmi, a successful teacher in Bangalore, a former AP beneficiary

Our Program
Every day, we serve freshly prepared school meals to 1.3 million children in India to fight hunger, promote education, and eradicate poverty - one child at a time.
Too many of India's children are forced to choose food over education

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.

  • 1/3

    of the world's malnourished children live in India

  • 26mil

    primary school aged children are not enrolled in school

  • 40%

    drop out before reaching the 5th grade

We promote education by serving wholesome school meals to 1.3 million children everyday

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.

  • 1.3 million

    children served DAILY

  • 9,000 schools

    participate in our program

  • 9

    collaborate with Akshaya Patra

To have such a big impact, we needed big kitchens

Feeding 1.3 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 1.3 million children everday in over 9,000 schools across India!

  • 185,000 meals

    are prepared in 5 hours in Hubli

  • 60,000 chapatti

    are prepared in one hour

  • 19 kitchens

    across India serve 1.3 million children

We can feed one child for an entire year with just $15

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.

  • $ 0.13

    average cost of one Akshaya Patra meal

  • $ 0.08

    of each meal is provided by government subsidies

  • $ 0.05

    is what it costs Akshaya Patra per meal

Our meals are changing outcomes for millions of children & their families

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.

  • Increased enrollment

    & attendance

    (especially for girls)

  • Improved nutritional

    status with fewer

    underweight children

  • Improved academic

    performance due to

    improved concentration

Our approach has the potential to eradicate poverty in India - and across the globe

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          


  • #1

    NGO in world

    "Children & Youth" Category

    Global Journal

  • Ranking based on

    impact, innovation and efficiency

    ~The Global Journal


Our mission: touch the lives of 5 million children everyday by 2020. Join our movement and make poverty history.

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.

Will you be part of the solution?