Many of you know Akshaya Patra as that magical vessel that produced food inexhaustibly. When the Pandavas were in exile, Surya, the sun god, presented them with this enchanted artifact to ease their difficulties. Today, there are many children that are living a life exiled in poverty. Hunger is a deterrent to their intellectual and physical growth. ISCKON’s Akshaya Patra Foundation is taking up the responsibility of its mythical counterpart to fight against hunger.
Akshaya Patra provides free nutritious meals to children in government schools across the country.
Recently, Chandigarh (UT) government schools got registered to get the mid-day meal scheme from the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Substantiating the same, Chandigarh’s Director of School Education said: “A team from the Education Department has already visited Gurgaon and Gujarat to study the model of ISKCON’s Akshay Patra kitchen and understand its working. We are now waiting for a team from ISKCON to visit us so that we can chalk out a plan for providing mid-day meal to government school students in Chandigarh.”
He further added that this move was a step towards the assurance of hygienic food that most mid-day meal schemes fail to provide. Earlier, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) was in-charge of the government schools’ mid-day meals. Because of the compromised quality of CITCO’s food, Akshaya Patra was called in to the scene.
The food served by Akshaya Patra kitchen are sattvic as the pundits would say. Such food items do not induce sluggishness, anger and other ‘ignorant’ traits. Nearly 1 lakh students from 115 government schools are being served from Akshaya Patra’s kitchen in Chandigarh. Currently, the foundation feeds over 1.5 million children across 10 states. The kitchens run on the charity of common folks that believe in the joy of giving. You can contribute to the Akshaya Patra Donation box here. Jai Shri Krishna!