According to a recent UNICEF study, 38% of children aged 6 months to 5.5 years suffer from chronic malnutrition.
In order to fight against hunger, plenty of NGOs have joined hands to work for the betterment of underprivileged children and to change these figures once and for all. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO in India that works to support 2 aspects – Food and Education. The organisation that started to feed 1,500 school children in Bengaluru, now implements the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme in India, called the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
After the pandemic, Government and Government-aided schools have started to re-open in India. Currently, Akshaya Patra is implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttar Pradesh by feeding 152,700 daily. And these numbers are only going to increase as schools reopen in a phase-wise manner.
Mid-day meals improve the overall health of children while increasing their concentration span in class.
25.7% of people live in low-income sections of the society and these numbers may worsen post the pandemic. The Akshaya Patra Foundation has begun its COVID-19 Relief Service to help the marginalised sections and needy people of India in its fight against hunger. Freshly cooked meals are served and grocery kits are distributed to help families sustain themselves during these difficult times. Also, by continuing its service to mid-day meal beneficiaries, it began the Happiness Kits initiative on 25 August 2020.
Since the beginning of its COVID-19 Relief Service, as of 2nd February 2021, Akshaya Patra has served 6,00,15,440 meals and 10,09,222 grocery kits. A total of 6,42,769 happiness kits have been distributed to school children. This sums up to a cumulative of 114 Million meals.
In the UK, 116,444 meals have been served to help the homeless and hungry people in night shelters.
Why do we need to fight against hunger?
There are numerous ways you can contribute you can contribute your time, energy and money to Akshaya Patra. One of the ways is by donating towards feeding children and adults with daily meals. By doing this you help in:
- Building immunity to fight any disease or infection
- Improving strength to perform activities
- Increasing attention span and ability to focus
- Helping to stay calmer
How can you play a role in fighting against hunger?
You play an important role in helping needy people beat hunger. Your support towards Akshaya Patra can provide people with something as basic as wholesome meals. Extend your support by:
- Contributing to the Mid-Day Meal Programme
- Donating towards the COVID-19 Relief Service in India
- Sponsoring meals for homeless people in the UK
- Becoming Akshaya Patra’s Social Ambassador.
- Setup fundraising campaigns to support Akshaya Patra in its feeding initiatives.
Every support matters to people when they need it the most. Show your generosity by providing meals with Akshaya Patra.