NO CHILD SHOULD BE DEPRIVED OF EDUCATION BECAUSE OF HUNGER
India is home to one in three of the world’s malnourished children. Families hungry for food can’t afford the ‘luxury’ of an education. Instead their children are sent to work in exchange for a meal. For the lucky ones who do make it to school, learning and concentration is impossible without the nutrition needed to develop healthily. Children without an education have little hope for a better future for themselves and their families.
Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has been working to improve the lives of children born into poverty. From humble beginnings providing free school meals at five schools in Bangalore, our Food for Education programme has become the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal scheme in the world. Every day 1.39 million underprivileged children across India are fed a hot, healthy school meal – encouraging them to come to school and stay in school, whilst ensuring they are healthy and have the energy to concentrate on their studies. For many it is the only meal they received that day.