Akshaya Patra pioneered the use of technology for cooking food to minimize cost, time and labor
Based on local preferences, in Southern India we serve: Rice, Lentils with Vegetables & Yoghurt Rice Lentils Yoghurt
And in Northern India, it is chapattis, dal or curry with vegetables, and sometimes dessert
The three-item menu for thousands of children is prepared in just five hours, everyday
Akshaya Patra uses a centralized, automated kitchen infrastructure to ensure hygiene and efficiency
Typical kitchen infrastructure to cook food for about 125,000 children
Vegetables are sorted, graded, washed and cut the previous evening
10 tons of rice
4 tons of lentils
3.5 tons of vegetables
3.5 tons of yoghurt are needed everyday for about 100,000 children
A large cauldron like this cooks rice for 1000 students in about 15 minutes. Rice is transferred to a trolley by tilting the cauldron
The rice is then emptied into a vibrating trough & from there into the containers
Lentils with vegetables for 6,000 students is cooked in just 2 hours & then collected into containers through stainless steel ducts
Correct measurements of ingredients and proper planning ensure consistent taste and quality
To make chappatis, we use machines like this which can prepare 10,000 chappatis per hour
Cooked food is packed into containers & moved on a conveyor belt to the loading area
Custom built vehicles transport food to distant schools – each vehicle can carry food for 5,000 children
In Baran district, Rajasthan, Akshaya Patra’s approach is community-specific
Decentralized kitchens have been set up with Women’s Self Help Groups
Nursing and pregnant mothers are also given wholesome food to prevent malnutrition at birth
Merit scholarships for talented students
Teacher training programs
Special coaching for higher grade students
Board of Trustees Madhu Pandit Dasa Chairman Chanchalapathi Dasa Vice Chairman C C Das Program Director T.V. Mohandas Pai Director Director & Board Member Infosys Technologies Ltd. Abhay Jain Director Entrepreneur Ramdas Kamath Director Vice President, Fin. & Admin. Infosys Technologies Ltd. Raj Kondur Director Chairman & CEO, Nirvana Business Solutions
Sudha Murty Chairperson, Infosys Foundation B Swarup Member, Settlement Commission New Delhi Dr Devi Shetty Cardiologist, Narayana Hrudayalaya T M Vijay Bhaskar, IAS Principle Secretary Primary Education, Govt. of Karnataka Ravi Uppal Vice Chairman & Managing Director ABB Ltd. Ramesh Ramanathan Campaign Co-ordinator, Janaagraha J K Rao, IRS Retd. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax Rajendra Babu Former Chief Justice of India Rakesh Mittal Managing Director Bharti Televenture Ltd., New Delhi K Jairaj, IAS Commissioner Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Narsim Shenoy Director, Volvo Former Chairman, ABB Ltd. V Balakrishnan CFO Infosys Technologies Ltd. Shukla Bose Founder & CEO Parikrma Humanity Foundation Board of Advisors & Patrons
Akshaya Patra is secular and child inclusive and is provided only in Government schools
To ensure transparency, this program is audited by
Cost-effective program spends only Rs 6 or 13 US cents per wholesome meal per child
Various studies have proved that the program is effective in
Offering access to education
Eliminating classroom hunger
Fostering social equity
Improving general health
Drop Out Rate
Nutritional status of the student
An on-going Impact Assessment Study by in select locations covered: Source: ORG Centre for Social Research A division of AC Nielsen ORG MARG Pvt. Ltd.
Enrolment improved by 23% in Class I during first year of program implementation.
Average enrolment in higher classes has also improved.
Average drop out rate also declined from 18% to 8% in class I.
Classroom performance has also improved: proportion of students obtained ‘Grade A’ has raised from 9.6% to 15.1% across all classes.
Sample Survey Results for Bangalore
Enrolment improved by 16.6% in Class I during first year of program implementation.
Enrolment in Class V has also improved by 31%.
Nutritional status of around 75% children was reported as normal. This is the highest across all locations.
Sample Survey Results for Hubli
Impact on enrolment was not visible because the program was at its nascent stage.
Around 18% students in Jaipur reported that they would not have come to school if Akshaya Patra mid-day meals had not been provided.
Attendance rate has improved by 8.2%.
Around 45% of sample students reported as undernourished in Jaipur.
Sample Survey Results for Jaipur
Average enrolment has improved marginally in comparison to three years prior to Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program with a growth rate of 4.3%.
Attendance rate has improved by 12.2%.
Around 51.8% of sample students reported as undernourished in Baran, highest across all locations.
Sample Survey Results for Baran
Enrolment improved by 12.3% in Class I during first year of program implementation.
Enrolment also improved in class V.
Average attendance rate increased by 14.6% after Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program.
Proportion of students obtained ‘Grade A’ has improved from 14.4% to 25.6% across all classes.
Proportion of students obtained ‘Grade E’ has declined from 11.2% to 1.4% across all classes.
Sample Survey Results for Vrindavan
The Deshpande Foundation
Indian Private & Nationalized Banks
Key Corporate supporters include:
Re.1.31 for students in class 1 to 7 Government of Karnataka Re.1 for students in class 1 to 5 Government of Uttarpradesh Rs.2 for students in class 1 to 5 + Sales & Road tax exemption Government of Rajasthan Government of Orissa Rs.1.65 for students in class 1 to 5 + Sales tax exemption Government of India 2.6 kg of rice or wheat per child for students in class 1 to 7 + 35AC + Excise duty exemption Partnership with State & Central Governments
Institutional Partners Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Pratiksha Foundation Sarojini Damodaran Trust Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore Indian Institute of Science Regional Institute of English Avishkar - Divakars Hospital, Bangalore M.S.Ramaiah Hospital, Bangalore Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Durlabji Hospital, Jaipur Johari Dalamchand Sohanlal Baid Trust, Rajasthan
To feed 1 Million underprivileged students everyday by 2010 Projection for the program
Help purchase kitchen equipment
Help build the kitchen facility
Contribute to buy vehicles for distribution
Adopt a school
Commit to feed a certain number of children every year
Here is how you can participate in the program
100% tax deduction for donations
Under section 35AC/80GGA (bb) of Income Tax Act in India