One in three of the world’s malnourished children live in India.
Families facing extreme poverty often have to make choices that the rest of us find difficult to stomach. Sending a child to school is not a priority if you are struggling to get enough food and even if a child does make it to school, a hungry pupil is not the best learner.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO providing school meals to over 1.3 million of India’s most deprived children. In partnership with the Indian government, local authorities, businesses and private individuals, we provide healthy meals across nine Indian states to 9,075 schools.
By providing free nutritious meals, the Foundation encourages families to send their children to school and allows pupils to concentrate better when they are in class. Attendance at schools with free meals increases and the enrolment of girls at school is also improved.
It is hoped that by increasing the opportunity for education, families will then have the chance to pull themselves out of poverty.
Our mission is to feed five million children by 2020.