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Akshaya Patra is the name of a Non-Governmental Organization in India which supplies school meals to underprivileged school children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal program, has a vision that no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger. The Foundation was started in 2000 by its current Chairman, Madhu Pandit Das, an IIT engineer turned social entrepreneur. The Sanskrit word Akshaya Patra (meaning abundant, inexhaustible vessel) has its origins in the great epic Mahabharata and means a pot of food which provides endless nourishment. Started in 2000 by feeding 1500 children from a temporary kitchen in Bangalore, the program is currently distributing freshly cooked, healthy meals daily to over a million underprivileged children in over 5,700 government schools in seven states through 17 kitchens in India. A public-private partnership project, Akshaya Patra is a secular program that claims to combine good management, innovative...
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