23 - Akshaya Patra Foundation

A midday meal for many.

HQ Location: India.

In July 2012, the Akshaya Patra Foundation quietly reached a significant milestone – its one billionth midday meal served to schoolchildren in India. Despite these intensive efforts, malnutrition remains a real challenge, with an estimated 42 percent of children suffering from lack of food. Founded in 2000 in Bangalore – feeding 1,500 children in five schools – through constant innovations in preparation and distribution the organization has continued to drive down program costs and now reaches 1.3 million kids on a daily basis, including in otherwise neglected remote rural areas. Beyond the immediate impact on child health, the work of Akshaya Patra Foundation has also been fundamental in boosting lagging school enrolment and attendance

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