Akshaya Patra and Newgen Collaborate to Distribute Happiness Kits to MDM Beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
More than 22,500 Happiness Kits distributed in Vrindavan, Lucknow and Jhalawar over two phases.
Mumbai, 02 Sept 2021: The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Newgen Software have collaborated to distribute Happiness Kits among Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newgen has been supporting Akshaya Patra’s efforts to take education and nutrition to children’s doorstep through the Happiness Kits initiative. These kits contain dry ration and hygiene products to take care of their health and stationery with activity books to ensure that their learning process continues at this difficult hour.
As of February 2021, 17,378 Happiness Kits have been distributed in Vrindavan and Lucknow cities of Uttar Pradesh and Jhalawar in Rajasthan over two phases, i.e., 8,689 kits in each phase. For the FY21-22, Newgen has donated ₹40.58 lakhs to distribute 3,515 Happiness Kits to government school children and their families in Jhalawar and 1,684 Happiness Kits in Vrindavan. As of 04 August, 2021, 22,577 kits were distributed among beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan with the support of Newgen.
Mr. Sundeep Talwar, CMO, Akshaya Patra, said “We are immensely grateful to Newgen for their continued support to our efforts towards addressing hunger and malnutrition in the country. It has been an esteemed partner for us for several years. With this collaboration for the Happiness Kits distribution, Newgen has taken this partnership beyond the school feeding program, thus enabling us to create an impact that is vital to humanitarian efforts in such times of adversity.” He further added, “I want to thank the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Rajasthan for providing the opportunity to serve children and communities during the pandemic, and lastly, the Government of India for placing their trust and confidence in our service and supporting and encouraging us for over two decades.”
Newgen has been supporting Akshaya Patra under their CSR Initiative (Health and Education) for the Mid-Day Meal Program. Its support over the years has enabled the Foundation to ensure the health and education of 8,689 children in Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Jhalawar (Rajasthan) and Guwahati (Assam).
Akshaya Patra has been undertaking relief feeding in 20 states and one union territory through its network of kitchens. Since March 2020, the Foundation has served over 16 crore meals to people from vulnerable communities who are facing difficulty arranging food for themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures to curb the outbreak. These include over 13.65 lakh Happiness Kits that have been distributed in multiple locations across the country.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that strives to address classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and, at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal program, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 13 states and one union territory in India.