There has been no looking back for The Akshaya Patra Foundation since 2000, the year it began its journey in the service of children by providing mid-day meal. Akshaya Patra started the meal programme by feeding jut 1,500 children in five schools of Bangalore. During the course of time it realised that need to extend this programme to many more locations too so that children across the country can get benefitted through this programme. Working with the Government of India and employing the Public-Private Partnership model of functioning Akshaya Patra gradually started spreading its wings beyond its first location Bangalore.
Akshaya Patra began introducing its kitchen in other parts of Karnataka. Slowly, with the invitation of other State Governments and philanthropic mission of various corporates and organisations the Foundation elaborated its expansion map to other states of India. The overwhelming support from the Government of India along with steady support from donors allowed Akshaya Patra to move on a continuous growth path. A recent and significant development came by as Akshaya Patra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Government and the Tata Trust to assist in the project of setting up of a centralised kitchen in Maharashtra. This project aims at providing wholesome meal at Ashram-shalas. The pilot projects are set to launch in two locations of Maharashtra - Mundhegaon in Nashik and Kambalgaon in Palghar on 1st August and 15th August respectively.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said that the centralised kitchen will help in providing wholesome food at Ashram-Shalas that are run by Tribal Development Department and NGOs. Going forward the project will be launched in a large scale from December 15 covering the entire state of Maharashtra and especially areas where there is prevalence of malnutrition. Ratan Tata, Tata Chairman Emeritus was also present at the occasion.
Akshaya Patra works with the Government and the private sector in ensuring that every child receives their share of a nutritious meal every day.