Under One Sky - Shankar Mahadevan /The Akshaya Patra Foundation

, 14 May 2013

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was started in the year 2000 to address two of the most immediate challenges of India – hunger and education. The Foundation has gained formidable repute since then for being a child-centric, secular organisation with a focused approach.

The Foundation began its work by providing quality mid-day meals to 1500 children in 5 schools in Bangalore with the understanding that the meal would attract children to schools, after which it would be easier to retain them and focus on their holistic development. 13 years later, the Foundation has expanded its footprint to cover over 1.3 million children in 9 states and 19 locations across India. In 2012, the Foundation served its billionth meal.

Akshaya Patra’s work is ground breaking in terms of philosophy, technology and the strategic initiatives of harnessing the capacities of the government, the corporate world and individuals. Shankar Mahadevan, India’s iconic singer, composer and music director came on board in 2012 as Akshaya Patra’s goodwill ambassador.