The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the largest NGO-run school meal program in the world. It utilizes innovative technology, smart engineering, and excellent management to provide a freshly prepared, nutritious school meal to over 1.4 million disadvantaged children in India every day. For many children, this is their only complete meal of the day and it gives them an incentive to come to school, stay in school, and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need to develop their cognitive abilities and focus on learning.
The Sanskrit words “Akshaya Patra” mean ‘inexhaustible vessel.” They reflect the mission of the organization to provide unlimited food to government school students.
The hallmark of the Akshaya Patra program is the centralized kitchen facilities that have been designed and engineered by its founders to optimize quality and minimize cost, time and labor.