Akshaya Patra feeds over 14.5 crore people across India amid pandemic. After the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic, livelihood across India has been affected and lack basic needs. One of the major requirements of an hour is food.
The pandemic has caused job losses and, many people are suffering due to no income. To help such needy, Akshaya Patra has been striving hard to reach those who are underprivileged, migrant workers and many more.
Akshaya Patra feeds 14.5 crore people
Akshaya Patra’s main aim is to eradicate hunger. The disrupted food supply chains across the nation.
Since March 2020, the foundation has cumulatively served over 14.5 Crore Meals to vulnerable populations across 19 states and two UTs. These include 7.05 crore cooked meals, 12.09 lakh essential grocery kits and 12.21 lakh Happiness Kits with dry ration, hygiene products and educational supplies to Government school beneficiaries.
During the first and second phase of COVID-19, the organisation was able to serve in 31 locations. They were successfully able to serve over 14,55,08,207 meals between March 25 2020 to July 2021.
“When the first hints of the pandemic started early last year, no one could have imagined the scale and reach Relief Efforts would have to extend, least of all our fantastic operations team who took it all in stride from day one. Looking back, it still humbles me to have witnessed the generosity and thoughtfulness of every single one of our donors, without whom none of this would have been possible,” Shridhar Venkat, Chief Executive Officer, the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
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The Pan-India food relief, Akshaya Patra association with the Government of India, State Governments and Union Territory (UT) Administrations, came up with a plan to take over the kitchen infrastructure and work towards food assistance during though times of COVID 19.
Venkat further added, “As we move into our third decade, every one of us here at Akshaya Patra looks back on the year that was with a sense of accomplishment and awe. And we know, that for every day that we went out and served, we were only able to do so with the help of our brave volunteers, on-ground staff, government and corporate partners, and every one of you at home who rooted for and supported us.”
Aims of the foundation
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Akshaya Patra is organizing resources and creating partnerships to support the government’s relief operations. The team is in charge of providing food aid in several regions across the country.
Akshaya Patra is directly involved in service delivery, ensuring that food reaches the most marginalized and underprivileged people in society.
The team is working with the local authorities to determine areas that require immediate attention. They guarantee that cooked meals and food assistance kits containing basic supplies reaching those who are affected. Its collaboration with the government has been essential in acquiring the necessary permissions for delivery vans to move with containment measures.
Likewise, its long-standing relationships with suppliers have aided the supply of raw materials. Corporate partners and individuals have stepped forward to give financial and logistical assistance for the foundation’s relief operations.
Support & Collaboration
With the continued support of all its stakeholders the Central Government, State Governments, UT Administrations, civic bodies, corporate partners, individual donors, volunteers and well-wishers, the Foundation has served over 14.5 crore meals to vulnerable populations across 19 states and one union territory.
Akshaya Patra aspires to be a pioneering work that can adapt to changing circumstances. Mostly during the COVID-19 pandemic, it exhibited it by efficiently providing food aid in various parts of the nation. Its skilled and motivated team, well-organized infrastructure, and well-established purchasing network to mobilize raw materials all contribute to its productivity amid disasters, allowing it to easily reach out to individuals in need.
During the pandemic, Akshaya Patra has used current production assets, continuous improvement, and scientific methodologies to establish and sustain fundamental discipline in runtime despite transitioning from school feeding to food assistance. It will strive to explore novel ways to enhance the government’s emergency action by mobilizing resources for food assistance in the future.