Hon’ble President of India, Shri. Ram Nath Kovind, and the First Lady, Smt. Savita Kovind visited The Akshaya Patra Foundation kitchen in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. They were accompanied by Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, and Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.At the Foundation’s premises, they were welcomed by Shri. Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – Akshaya Patra, Shri. Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman – Akshaya Patra, and enthusiastic children from the Government schools in Bati, Gonda Atas, Maghera, Ramtal, Devi Atas, Bhartia, and Narayanpur.
At the Foundation’s centralised kitchen, the Hon’ble President and other dignitaries were given a guided tour of the facility. Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa familiarized them with the kitchen equipment and processes involved. After the kitchen tour, he served mid-day meals to the children from Government schools and happily interacted with them. He also appreciated Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme.
Shri. Madhu Pandit Dasa expressed his happiness about the Hon’ble President visiting the Foundation’s kitchen in Vrindavan and serving mid-day meals to the beneficiary children. Shri. Chanchalapathi Dasa said that the Vrindavan kitchen was the second centralised kitchen to be set up by Akshaya Patra and thanked the President for interacting with the children and encouraging them.
Also present on the occasion were Shri. Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan Singh, Dairy Development Minister; Shri.Shrikant Sharma, Power Minister; Shri. Satish Dwivedi, Basic Education Minister; Shri.Yudhishthira Krishna Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra (Uttar Pradesh); Shri. Bharatarshabha Dasa, Director, Strategic Relationships, and Shri. Harish, Pranth Pracharak, RSS.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation:- The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. It’s state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.76 million children from 15,668 schools across 12 states in India.