The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an India-based NGO headquartered in Bengaluru. Our organisation strives to eliminate hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools. The Foundation aims at countering malnutrition and supporting the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children through its Mid-Day Meal Programme. We provide nutritious, wholesome mid-day meals at nearly 19000+ schools across India. Our partnership with the Government of India and State Governments, in sync with corporate partners and individual donors have helped us grow from feeding 1,500 children in the year 2000 to 1.8 million children every school day in 2020*. Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome meals to government school children from over 19,000 schools across 13 States & 1 Union Territory across India. *1.8 million children were served every school day prior to the lockdown.


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Shridhar Venkat, CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

"The vision of Akshaya Patra Foundation “No child in India will be deprived of education because of hunger” is attributed to twin objectives: (1) Ending classroom hunger, by providing nutritious mid-day meals in government schools and government-aided schools and (2) Make basic education accessible, encourage more and more children to enrol in schools. A hot meal becomes an incentive for children to attend school and prevent dropouts. We feel honoured to call ourselves the world’s largest not-for-profit run mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food every school day.”


No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger


To feed 5 million children by 2025


Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa

Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa

Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa

Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Bharatarshabha Dasa

Regional President- Delhi NCR, UP and Uttarakhand, The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Anil Swarup

IAS (Retired) - Trustee Former Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India

K. V. Chowdary

IRS (Retired) - Trustee and Chairman of Audit Committee

M. S. Unnikrishnan

Trustee CEO, IITB – Monash Research Academy, Mumbai Former Managing Director & CEO, Thermax

Prof G. Raghuram

Former Director, IIM-Bangalore

Vidya Shah

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

A recipient of Padma Shri and ‘Best Chef of India’ award

Divya Balagopal

Senior Partner at Mundkur Law Partners (MLP)

Dr Subba Rao Gavaravarapu

Scientist E & Head, Nutrition Information, Communication & Health Education (NICHE) Division, ICMR - National Institute of Nutrition

Mr Sanjeev Shishoo

Ex Corp Vice President Global Service center at Novo Nordisk

Pankaj Chaddah

Co-Founder Mindhouse, Zomato

Sahil Barua

Co-founder, Delhivery

Sandeep Banerjee

Ex MD & CEO Compass Group PLC, Accor Services

Sri Rajan

Partner at Bain & Company

Vinita Bali

Global Consultant