The main purpose of TAPF is to eliminate classroom hunger and combat malnutrition and support the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools.
No child should be deprived of education because of hunger
To feed 5 million children each day by 2025
Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has been working tirelessly towards providing fresh and nutritious meals to children on every single school day. We combine the best of technology and resources to keep our costs low and to multiply our reach. Our state-of-the-art kitchens are a subject of study and have attracted curious visitors from around the world.
We have partnered with the Government of India and various State Governments. Persistent support from corporates, individual donors, and well-wishers have helped us to grow from serving just 1,500 children in 5 schools in 2000 to serving 1.8 million school children in 20,000 schools across 12 states and 2 Union Territories in India every day through our Food For Education Programme.
The free school lunches enable the children we serve to attend school instead of having to work for food, giving them the opportunity to concentrate in class and improve their academic performance, and allows them to grow and be healthy develop healthily. The children are encouraged to enjoy their meal together as equals, irrespective of gender, religion or caste.We are globally recognised as one of the Top 25 NGOs in the World, and have been studied by leading institutions, including Harvard Business School.
We have an ambitious goal to reach 5 million children by 2025 – helping them to gain the lifelong gift of education and to build a brighter future.