The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Works to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by implementing mid-day meal schemes in government and aided schools

  • Started: 2001
  • Bangalore, Karnataka


Akshaya Patra Foundation works to implement a holistic mid-day meal scheme to provide fresh and nutritious food to school children. The Government of Read moreIndia, State governments, corporates and several organisations support its efforts. Its centralised and decentralised kitchens models respectively serve schools in close vicinity and those which are in remote areas managed by women self-groups following the organisation's kitchen processes. It has launched multiple feeding and social initiatives including Anganwadi feeding, disaster relief, feeding expecting and lactating mothers, feeding programmes in old-age homes and special schools, feeding runaway children, feeding the homeless, subsidised lunch for the economically disadvantaged besides involving itself in other social causes like after-class tuitions, community health camps, health check-up camps, life-skills programmes and scholarship programs. Akshaya Patra Foundation has won many acclaims over the years of its service, the latest being The 24th SIES Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati National Eminence award and The India Today RPG-Happiness award.


Children from poor communities regularly skip school since they have to work to satisfy their hunger. They are also affected by malnutrition in most cases.


The Foundation is operation a mid-day meal initiative wherein, wholesome food is supplied to Government and Government aided schools every day that the school is in session.


  • Food & Nutrition

Sub Sectors

  • Nutrition

Demographies Served

  • Children


The Akshaya Patra Foundation serves wholesome food every school day to 20 lakh children in 22,367 schools operating 65 kitchens across 14 states & 2 Union territories of India.


  • Mid-Day Meal Feeding Programme

    Varanasi, Mysore, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Dehradun, Surat, Vadodara, Jaipur, Udham Singh Nagar, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Rajsamand, Udaipur, Jorhat, Kamrup, Nagpur, Pune, Raigad, Thane, Krishna, Mahabubnagar, Warangal, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Srikakulam, Guntur, Nellore, Prakasam, Rangareddy, Durg, Anantapur, Bangalore, Gorakhpur, Puri, Nabarangapur, Nayagarh, Chennai, Sundergarh, Lucknow, North West Delhi, Mathura, Bellary, Ahmedabad, Mansa, South Kannada, Bhavnagar, Dharwad, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Ajmer
    Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Telangana

    The programme aims at offering nutritious and wholesome meals to children, that provide the necessary nutrients needed to develop their cognitive abilities to focus on learning by working to eliminate classroom hunger and attract more children to schools, thus increasing school enrollment, attendance, and performance.

    It aims at achieving two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger and Quality Education. Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food to children in 22,367 schools with meals cooked in 65 kitchens across 14 states in India.

  • Anganwadi Feedings

    One of the most important initiatives besides its core work of providing mid-day meals is feeding Anganwadis, to provide access to adequate nutrition during the crucial stages for children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

    It currently serves nutritious meals to 92,853 young children between the ages of 3-6 years at 3548 Anganwadi centres in 7 locations across 3 States in India.

Impact Metrics

  • Meals distributed

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2016 290014000
    • 2017 298324000
    • 2018 326518000
    • 2019 343769000
    • 2020 382675000

Leadership Team

  • Balaji M.N.

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Saanil K Bhaskaran

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Shridhar Venkat

    Chief Executive Officer


Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID
  • VO ID / Darpan ID
  • 12A

    DIT(E)12A/VOL I /A85701-02

  • 80G


  • FCRA



Project Location


#72, 3rd Floor, 3rd Main Road, 1st & 2nd Stage Yeshwantpur Industrial Suburb, Rajajinagar, Ward No. 10

Offices in Cities

Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon

Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

Other Details

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  • Employees


Financial Details

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