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Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar Joins Hands with NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation to Counter Hunger Problem

More than 1.2 lacs students from 2000 schools of Mathura and Vrindavan get their mid-day meals served everyday by the Akshaya Patra's Vrindavan kitchen

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Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar spends time with kids of NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation
Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar spends time with kids of NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation. Twitter
  • Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar from Kopper Kadai joins hands with the Akshaya Patra Foundation
  • The foundation aims towards Freedom from Hunger Campaign by operating world’s largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Programme.
  • Akshaya Patra’s Vrindavan Kitchen serves mid-day meals to more than 1.2 lacs students

New Delhi, August 23, 2017: The Dubai based and Delhi bred Celebrity Chef, Akshay Nayyar from Kopper Kadai joins hands with The Akshaya Patra foundation, that is working towards Freedom from Hunger Campaign, as the operator of the world’s largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Programme.

Akshaya Patra’s Vrindavan kitchen, which is amongst the biggest kitchens in North India, was visited by Chef Akshay recently, where he cooked for the students.

More than 1.2 lacs students from 2000 schools of Mathura and Vrindavan get their mid-day meals served everyday by the kitchen. Akshaya Patra, with its 31 kitchens scattered across India, serves around 1.6 Million children from 13808 schools in 12 states of the country.

“It’s an honour for me & my team to collaborate with The Akshaya Patra Foundation which works towards the noble cause of providing mid-day meals to students everyday. By providing mid-day meals, they not only feed the kids but also motivate them, and give them a reason to be in school and study. My team & I feel privileged to cook in Vrindavan Kitchen where we have served food to more than 1.5 lacs students,” said Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar, During the visit, mentions the ANI report.

Chef Akshay along with his Kopper Kadai Delhi team cooked chapatis, kadhi and rice in the Vrindavan kitchen. He also talked about the importance of healthy food and learning, with the children.

“We are happy to have Kopper Kadai Delhi Team & Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar on board to spread the word about need of nutritious meals for underserved children, through his campaign #FreedomFromHunger. We are delighted to provide the platform and support him in his endeavor,” said Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

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“We feel extremely privileged to be a part of this activity where we served kids with hygienic food made by our team in Akshaya Patra kitchen. Apart from this, we are happy to collaborate with Akshaya Patra to run a digital campaign #FreedomFromHunger on our platforms along with Celebrity Chef Akshay Nayyar,” says Devinder Vohra, Co-Owner, Kopper Kadai Delhi.

Chef Akshay Nayyar had been awarded as “Most Promising Chef” at the World Brands Summit 2016, Dubai.

-by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

 

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Akshaya Patra Foundation is likely to offer Midday meals to 35,000 school children in Telangana

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of a full-fledged kitchen to help cook the mid-day meals

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Akshaya Patra Foundation in Karnataka. Image source: akshayapatra-ngo-india.blogspot.com
  • With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission of feeding five million children
  • The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year i.e. from 2017-18 session
  • Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan

Bengaluru-based Akshaya Patra foundation would soon be serving midday meals to around 35,000 children of Ranga Reddy district of Hyderabad, Telangana.

The move came after the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU), an entity of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) agreed to pledge Rs 105.1 million to fund the construction of a new kitchen.

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of full-fledged kitchen to help cook the midday meals.

The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year (2017-18), and will be able to feed 35,000 children in government-aided schools and Anganwadis (courtyard shelters.

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Apart from funding, BTMU will also help to deliver and distribute the meals to the schools.

Ryoichi Shinke, Regional Executive of BTMU India said, “It is our privilege to partner with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to work towards eradicating hunger among school children, many of whom rely on these midday meals to sustain them for the whole day. This is part of our commitment to the community to nurture the next generation. With proper nutrition, we hope the children will be able to enjoy a more conducive learning environment and not having to cope with hunger during school time,” quoted Times of India.

The foundation, which works to ensure that hot steaming food is served to over 1.5 million schoolchildren across the country, aims to offer midday meals to five million children by 2020.

Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express
Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express

With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission.

Speaking to TOI, Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra, Telangana, said, “We are pleased to partner with MUFG in constructing this kitchen in Telangana. Such partnerships enable us to continue our work through our initiative to end classroom hunger.”

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Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan, for outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and the creation of a better future for Asia, said a TOI report.

Notably, Akshaya Patra is serving its second billionth meal this year. It reaches out to 1,436,596 children based in 24 locations across 10 states.

Helmed by former IITian Madhu Pandit Dasa, its state-of-art kitchens are also a subject of study and have continuously attracted tourists and visitors from around the world.

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