On 20th May The Akshaya Patra Foundation celebrates its 2 billionth meal during the launch of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution in India. These two campaigns come together to serve tasty, wholesome and nutritious food to children. The 2 billionth meal celebrations will take place in Mrinalini Devi Sishu Niketan School in Guwahati, Assam, India. ‎

Started in 2000 at a kitchen in Bengaluru, Akshaya Patra now feeds over 1.5 million children every day, in 11,000 schools across 10 states in India. Their mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020. Akshaya Patra has 23 highly efficient kitchens all over India,which provide nutritious, vegetarian Indian staple food like daal (lentils), rice and delicious vegetable preparations.

Akshaya Patra believes no child should be deprived of education because of hunger. They aim to tackle the dark reality of malnutrition in India by providing hot, healthy and hygienic meals which enable the children they serve to grow and develop healthily, give them the energy to concentrate in class and allow them to access the transformative power of education. For many children this will be the only proper, nutritious food they will receive all day.

 The partnership with Akshaya Patra and Jamie Oliver merges their philosophies of providing a proper food education that will provide better awareness of issues such as malnutrition.

For 15 years The Akshaya Patra Foundation has not only provided delicious food to school children but has also given them a reason to continue their education. Their 2 billionth meal also marks the 2 billionth smile on a child’s face.

About Bhawani Singh Shekhawat

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat is currently CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK, where he leads Europe wide as well as global initiatives for the Foundation. Akshaya Patra, a Harvard case study and widely recognised for its innovations, is one of the world’s leading NGOs and is the world’s largest provider of freshly cooked school meals – serving over 1.5 million children across India every day.