The Akshaya Patra Solution:
In 2000, the Government of India declared that every child in government schools shall receive a meal as part of its plan to address childhood hunger. In collaboration with the government of India the Midday Meal program was created to tackle the enormous task of feeding those 120 million children. Over the past 19 years, Akshaya Patra has proudly been addressing classroom hunger with hot, delicious meals while maintaining dignity and respect for each child served.
The Central and State Governments provide 60% of program costs, while Akshaya Patra covers the remaining costs through fundraising and other projects.
The kitchens we use built with funding from corporate sponsors, foundations, individuals, and help of the State Government.
This meal is often the only meal a child receives in the day, and it serves as an additional incentive to come to school. This proposition directly addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – blueprints for peace and prosperity.
The three goals include:
Zero Hunger is a Sustainable Development Goal that the UN has identified to bring about a more equitable and sustainable future for all. Our organization directly tackles hunger for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By providing freshly cooked, nutritious meals, we are directly addressing the negative effects of extreme poverty and hunger but also malnutrition.
We also address a second Sustainable Development Goal as we provide a hospitable environment and the resources necessary to help children succeed at school. Our program has been proven to increase the net enrollment ratio, attendance and performance levels of students in primary grades.
Gender Equality is another Sustainable Development Goal we address. Women hired in our kitchens are empowered to become leaders while we remain respectful of culturally appropriate norms. Women come to work at 10:00 am (after sunrise) and leave by 6:30 pm (before sunset) to ensure their safety. Our community development approach ensures that women are able to make their mark in the workforce by providing appropriate terms of employment. We also encourage all our children, regardless of gender, to gain a quality education and improve their nutritional health. We have a 45% female participation rate in our school lunch program.
This solution provides children with a conducive environment to receive a quality education and lift their family out of poverty, within a span of only one generation.
We appeal to you to become a part of the solution and support the movement!
$20 provides a nutritious school lunch daily for one child for an entire school year. Visit our Donation Page to give the gift of a brighter future today!