• By Sanjay Bhattacharya
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  • Date Jun 25 2020

Announcing our Meal-for-a-Meal partnership with The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Praveen Kumar is honoured to support The Akshaya Patra Foundation with our Meal-for-a-Meal scheme, that we launched in June 2020. For every meal sold on our website, we will donate a meal to feed a schoolchild in India.

UPDATE: As we start September, we have already donated almost 5,500 meals – thank you for your support!

We’ve partnered with Akshaya Patra, an international charity that does amazing work across India and the UK.
Providing meals for schoolchildren ensures that they have enough energy to learn, and can attend school without worrying about being hungry.

Around the world, millions of children go hungry, with 25% of malnourished children living in India. A lack of food forces 8 million children in India to work for their meals, rather than go to school. Without education, these children can never escape a vicious cycle of malnutrition, poverty and despair.

Akshaya Patra feeds 1.8 MILLION schoolchildren every day, across over 18,000 schools in India.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation works hand in hand with the Indian Government to break this cycle, by providing a nutritious mid-day meal at school, for free. From their specialised production kitchens that can each make 20,000 meals an hour, they have served over 3.4 BILLION meals .

The evidence is clear – feeding children at school improves their attendance, performance and life prospects.

The meals are healthy, nutritious and tasty, cooked using local recipes and with local produce – just like we do at Praveen Kumar. They ensure that no child leaves school hungry, and increases the number of children who attend school, as well as giving them all the energy they need to learn. The evidence is clear – feeding children at school improves their attendance, performance and life prospects.

At Praveen Kumar Authentic Indian Cuisine, the opportunity to support The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a cause very close to our Praveen’s heart. He grew up in a rural village in South India, and knows how important a good meal is to keep children well-fed and educated.

“I know of schools and schoolchildren close to my home in India that will directly benefit from this and what more can I wish for than to help them myself?”

The meals provided are healthy, nutritious and tasty – and the menu changes daily to ensure that the children don’t get bored.

Praveen says: “When I grew up, I was lucky that my family had food on the table every day, as I knew then that, same as now, many families across India do not have enough. I am proud to support Akshaya Patra in their most noble goal of ending child food poverty in India, and across the world, through our Meal-for-a-Meal partnership.

Our Meal-for-a-Meal scheme is simple – for every meal purchased on our website, we will serve a meal to schoolchildren in India, through Akshaya Patra, by donating 7p from our profits.

7p may sound like pocket change, but once it is matched by the Indian Government and other charitable bodies, it turns in to 25p, which is the cost to feed one child.

“Since our partnership started in June, we have already sold 2000 meals, and we are hoping to hit the 3000 mark by the end of the month. This means we have personally provided 3000 meals to children in India already – a great achievement and one that I am personally very proud of.”

Akshaya Patra also works in the UK, providing meals to those that need them in London, at no charge, through their “Beat the Hunger” programme. This also provides meals to children over the school holidays, when many go hungry without their lunchtime school meal. We’re supporting this as well – when you place an order, you can optionally add on £1 to your order which will go to Akshaya Patra’s UK operations. We’ll match this donation, and with GiftAid applied, your £1 will become £2.25, enough for 4 hot meals for those that need them in the UK. This feature will be live on our website soon.

If you’d like to support their work here in the UK, follow this link and make a donation before the 30th of June – it will be match funded so you’ll double your donation!

Akshaya Patra workers unload meals for distribution during the COVID-19 crisis.

In the current COVID-19 crisis, Akshaya Patra has been working hard to supply food relief to people in need across the UK and India, having served over 120,000 meals in the UK and 60 million meals in India since lockdown began.

To help support us in our mission with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, all you have to do is place an order from us!

If you’d like to make a personal donation, simply follow the link below to their website, where you can also read more about their work. Just £12 will feed a child for a whole year.

Read more about what The Akshaya Patra Foundation do, and how you can get involved, here.

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