"I used to treat lots of children who would faint at the schools. But today, it has reduced. This is primarily because the children are receiving basic nutrition through the Akshaya Patra midday meals. In just over a six month period, I have seen children gaining 2KG. The midday meal has proved beneficial, especially amongst girl children".
- Mahendar Kumar, Physician
Our Food For Education Programme has made a huge difference to the lives of many thousands of children across India. Studies show that the school lunches we provide improve the health of our beneficiaries - leading to stronger cognitive, social and emotional development. There is also a visible increase in enrolment and retention of children at our partner schools, and an increase in attendance too.
We are able to implement our Food For Education Programme through utilising a tri-sector partnership model – we partner with the Central Government and State Governments of India, corporations and individuals. The governments partner with us by providing various subsidies, including grain subsidies and land subsidies. Corporations and individuals across the world partner with us by generously committing to funding our work and being ambassadors for our cause.