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3 Billionth Meal Of Akshaya Patra Foundation Served By PM Modi

3 Billionth Meal Of Akshaya Patra Foundation Served By PM Modi
(Source- Akshaya Patra Twitter handle)

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3 Billionth Meal Of Akshaya Patra Foundation Served By PM Modi

The organisation serves mid-day meals in over 14,000 schools.

To commemorate the serving of 3 billion meals by the Akshaya Patra Foundation, PM Narendra Modi served the 3rd billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools today at Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan.

He unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

(Source- Akshaya Patra Twitter handle)

(Source- Akshaya Patra Twitter handle)

PM Modi also paid floral tribute at the Vigraha of Srila Prabhupad, the Acharya of ISCKON and addressed a gathering later.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and BJP’s Mathura MP Hema Malini also attended the event.

Akshaya Patra Foundation

Funded by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Akshaya Patra is a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation that came into existence in 2000.

The organisation strives to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools.

Alongside, it also aims at countering malnutrition and supporting the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children.

This Mid-Day Meal Scheme is considered to be the largest programme of its kind in the world. The program aims to boost enrolment, attendance, and retention in schools and to improve the health profile of children in the age group of 6-14 years.

In 2016, the organisation commemorated the serving of 2 billion cumulative meals in the presence of the then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

Praising The Foundation’s Efforts

(Source- Akshaya Patra Twitter handle)

(Source- Akshaya Patra Twitter handle)

Before arriving in Vrindavan to serve meal to a underprivileged schoolchildren, PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to applaud the efforts of an NGO towards eradicating hunger from the country.

“I will be in Vrindavan today for a unique programme- to mark the serving of the 3rd billionth meal by the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Congratulations to all those associated with this mission. Their efforts towards eradicating hunger are exemplary”, tweeted PM Modi.

Earlier, PM Modi had mentioned about Akshaya Patra Foundation on 24 October, 2018, during the launch of ‘Self4Society’ App in New Delhi.

Akshaya Patra is a social start-up, which has turned into a movement that provides food to school children.

-PM Narendra Modi

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