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.