Our Impact

Improvement And Learning

Success is not just about providing meals to children, but also ensuring the meals have a meaningful impact on their lives. Our programs are designed to improve the health and education outcomes of children by measuring key metrics to achieving these goals: number of children fed, weight gained, improved academic & physical performance, increased school enrollment, retention & attendance, and increased social equity.

Three independent studies on the Akshaya Patra midday meal program by Harvard Business School and Nielsen has shown the following:

Mid-Day Meal Program

Our Mid-Day Meal prgram serves hot, nutritous school lunches to over 2.2 millino children every day. Compassion and efficiency are at the heart of the foundation’s program. With a mission to provide unlimited food for education, Akshaya Patra is the largest mid-day meal program in the world according to TIME Magazine.

We prioritize quality and food safety in all of our kitchens, which are operated at ISO standards. We utilize advanced technologies such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, blockchain, and IoT to ensure the highest level of hygiene and efficiency.

Our cost per meal is only $0.20. Just $20.00 feeds a child for an entire school year!

We believe that no child should be left hungry, and we strive to provide unlimited food to all of our students. Second and even third helpings are always available, and students are encouraged to take leftovers home to share with their families.

As we look to the future, our goal is to serve over 3 million meals every day by 2025. Join us in our mission to provide food for education and help us reach even more children in need.

Quality Of Mid-Day Meal

At Akshaya Patra, we take food safety and quality very seriously. We have implemented strict protocols and procedures at all of our kitchens to ensure that the meals we serve are of the highest quality and meet all safety standards. We have also partnered with leading organizations to regularly review and assess the quality of our meals. Additionally, we have standardized our recipes across all locations to ensure consistency in taste and nutrition.

To continuously improve our quality standards, we have introduced advanced projects such as Kaizen and 5S in different locations. We also prioritize employee health and safety by conducting regular health and safety activities to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. Our commitment to quality and food safety is an ongoing process, as we strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals to the children we serve.


The table below shows the required dietary norms as stated by the India Central Government Mid-Day Meal Scheme:


Primary 450 Cal

Upper Primary 700 Cal


Primary 12 Cal

Upper Primary 20 Cal


Adequate quantities of micro-nutrients like Iron, Folic Acid, Vitamin-A etc.

The table below shows the required dietary norms as stated by the India Central Government Mid-Day Meal Scheme:

Sr. No.ItemsPrimary Upper Primary
Requirement under MDM (in grams)Energy content (in grams)Protein content (in grams)Requirement under MDM (in grams)Energy content (in grams)Protein content (in grams)
1Food grains (Rice/Wheat)100340815051014
2021 2018-2019 2021
2020 2017-2018 2020
2019 2016-2017 2019
2018 2015-2016 2018
2017 2014-2015 2017
2016 2013-2014 2016
2015 2012-2013 2015
2014 2014

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