The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Birth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation 

The history of Akshaya Patra Foundation starts with a story of compassion.

Looking out of a window one day in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart breaking incident, came the determination that:  No one within a ten mile radius of our center should go hungry.

It is his inspiration which helped us to create The Akshaya Patra Foundation as it is today.

We began this initiative with the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”

In June 2000, we started our mid-day meal programme in Bangalore by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools. At that time there was no State run school meal programme in Karnataka. Within a few short weeks we had received hundreds of requests from teachers who expressed the dire need of such a scheme.

This overwhelming response was the impetus for the growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Growth chart Akshaya Patra
In November 28, 2001 the Supreme Court of India passed an order which mandated that: "Cooked mid-day meal is to be provided in all the government and government-aided primary schools in all the states." Akshaya Patra was called in to give testimonies to the Supreme Court in order to implement the mandate.

By the time the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School Health and Education) extended its support to this noble cause in 2003, Akshaya Patra was already reaching out to 23,000 underprivileged children through the support of our donors.

With the partnership of the Government of India & various State governments, as well as the generosity of thousands of our supporters, we have grown from a small endeavor to a mammoth force that stretches across the country.

Now we are reaching out to 1.3 million children everyday.

For 12 years, we have been an international charity for children that has worked to transform a vision into a reality.


For any immediate concerns, please call our toll free number:- 1800 425 8622 (In India only)

To contact our office in the UK, please contact:  +44 20 7422 6638
To contact our office in the US, please contact:  781-438-3090 ext. 1

Head Office: Bangalore
The Akshaya Patra Foundation
#72, 3rd Floor, 3rd Main Road, 1st & 2nd Stage
Yeshwantpur Industrial Suburb, Rajajinagar Ward No. 10
Bangalore – 560022
Ph: +91 80-30143400

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
C-708, Titanium Square,
Behind Vasant Nature Cure,
Thaltej Cross Roads, S G Road,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Telefax: +91 79 66058600 /11
Mobile : 9898031919

The Akshaya Patra Foundation,
Tower II, 16th Floor Plot A3 ,
Block GP, Sector V Salt Lake Electronics Complex,
Kolkata – 700 091
Phone : 23572828 / 29 / 30

United States of America
Piyali Dutta
The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA,
92 Montvale Avenue,
Suite 2500 Stoneham,
MA 02180 - USA
office# : 781-438-3090 ext. 1
Mobile# : 781-462-8454
Fax : 781 481 9155

United Kingdom
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, UK,
11thFl, Broadgate West,
1 Snowden Street,
London EC2A 2DQ


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