Akshaya Patra is the largest mid-day meal program on the planet – feeding 1.2 million children a hot lunch at school everyday.
Close to 8.1 million underprivileged children in India are out of school and into child labour in order to earn a single meal in a day. (Source:www.worldbank.org.in). The surest way to break out of the cycle of poverty is through education. Education can significantly improve the quality of life of a family for generations to come. When the basic needs of a child, such as food are not met, education often becomes the last priority.
Akshaya Patra is helping underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for. The meal is an incentive for them to continue their education. It helps reduce the dropout rate to an enormous extent and increases classroom attendance.
Find out more about the insights that the Akshaya Patra team has learnt from the field, and how they scaled their operations to serve such an unbelievable number of children everyday. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here.