December 27, 2016
Children are the wealth of our nation hence dedicating our lives for their betterment should be our purpose in life. ~ Akshaya Patra Foundation
Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation that strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the government schools and government-aided schools.
The organisation operates on a Public-Private-Partnership model and has recently launched eleven new kitchens in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The honourable CM of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav laid the foundation stone for Akshaya Patra centralised kitchens on 26th December, 2016 at Lok Bhavan, New Secretariat -Lucknow in a one-of-a-kind ceremony.
Akshaya Patra Offers Uttar Pradesh a Taste of Joy
Akshaya Patra kitchens are currently feeding 1,05,000 children from Vrindavan kitchen and 66,000 children from the Lucknow kitchen totalling to 1,71,000 children across 3021 schools in Uttar Pradesh and the move was taken by Akhilesh Yadav on 15th March, 2015.
The new kitchens will start providing healthy and nutritious food to children in the next academic year, enabling them to study well. These Akshaya Patra kitchens will be made in the 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh including Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Etawah, Kannauj, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Rampur and Ballia.
The policies of the government aim at the holistic development of the state.
With the coming of these brand-new kitchens, the reach will be expanded to serve more than 1.3 million children per day, which makes this the foundation’s largest intervention in India.
Enabling a Healthy Body, Attentive Mind and a Brighter Future for Children
The inauguration of 11 new district level kitchens in Uttar Pradesh was a landmark event signalling the delivery of better nutrition, better education and a better future for the beneficiaries. What touched our hearts was how humbly the state’s chief, Akhilesh Yadav engaged himself in serving food to young school children and interacting with them during this inaugural event.
It’s always endearing to see how effortlessly the current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh connects with all age groups and leaves a positive example for others.
Beautiful Messages from Akshaya Patra Foundation
“We are humbled and honoured with confidence reposed on us by the Honourable Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav and the Government of Uttar Pradesh for sponsoring the land and the kitchen facilities as a step to end class room hunger in the region. It is due to this unflinching support that Akshaya Patra is poised to feed more than 1.3 million children in Uttar Pradesh on a daily basis, which is a shining example of a successful Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the field of nutrition, education and child welfare not only in India but across the world. We are deeply committed to work with the Government to construct Akshaya Patra kitchens and provide healthy and nutritious mid-day meals to children.” ~ Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation
“I sincerely thank the Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, a dynamic and visionary leader whose progressive policies have been instrumental in the all-round development of the state. This encouragement and support will help the Foundation take greater strides towards its mission of feeding 5 million children every day by 2020.” ~ Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation
Uttar Hamara is overjoyed to share the details of such a great initiative. With this step of the Akhilesh Yadav government, unlimited nutritious meals will be served to the children giving the young minds unlimited opportunities to develop and grow holistically.
Isn’t this great!