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Compassionate Beginnings

In the year 2000, the program was initiated to address child hunger and promote education. The results were immediate, as the headmasters of these schools reported an increase in attendance and marked improvements in student health and academic performance. This small but impactful initiative laid the foundation for the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

As word of the successful Mid-Day Meal Program spread, we quickly realized that our capacity to supply hand-cooked meals to everyone in need was limited.

To address this issue, Madhu Pandit Dasa, an IIT-Bombay Civil Engineering graduate, took on the challenge of making the Mid-Day Meal Program more efficient. Madhu Pandit Dasa designed the first centralized and fully mechanized kitchen that produced more than 100,000 high-quality meals in 5 hours without sacrificing the wholesome quality of the food.

Since then, Akshaya Patra has grown significantly and operates 67 centralized and decentralized kitchens in 15 states and two union territories in India. We are now able to feed over 2 million children per day. Through these efforts, we are creating a more efficient and sustainable solution to address child hunger and improve access to education for children in need.

Vision
No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger
Mission
To feed 3 million children every day by 2025
 

Our Team

Board of Directors

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Siva Sivaram

Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

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Srivatsan Rajan

Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

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Gururaj “Desh" Deshpande

Chairman Emeritus, The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

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Madhu Pandit Dasa

Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation India

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Chanchalapathi Dasa

Vice Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation India

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Dr. Rachana Kulkarni

MD, Cardiology

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Roopa Makhija

President & Founder – GEP

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B.V. Jagadeesh

President and CEO, KAAJ Systems

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Raghu Raghuram

CEO of VMware

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Janardan Thakkar

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Advisory Board

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Dr. Deepak Chopra

Founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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Narayana Murthy

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited

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Sanjeev Kapoor

Celebrity Chef

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APUSA Team

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Navin Goel

Chief Executive Officer

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Jyothi Sathyan

Chief Financial Officer

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Swati Sharma

Vice President Marketing

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Geeta Kulkarni

Vice President- Development (West)

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Ankita Narula

Vice President – Development (East)

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Geeta Rai

Vice President- Development

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Neil Mehta

Vice President Of Development

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Piyali Dutta

Events Coordinator

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Ashwini Bartolucci

Akshaya Patra Coordinator

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Anjani Allumolu

Marketing Manager

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Rishabh Sharma

Development Coordinator(East)

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Aviral Aggarwal

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