On Monday, 23 April 2018, a shanty in Mansarovar Park, Shahadra, New-Delhi was engulfed in flames that completely decimated 250 dwellings in the locality. Over 2000 residents were badly affected losing most of their meagre belongings in the inferno.
The city administration was thrown into jeopardy dealing with the unforeseen calamity. After contacting a few NGOs and support groups, administration officials approached The Akshaya Patra Foundation requesting to provide essential food relief to the distraught citizens. Considering the gravity of the situation Akshaya Patra immediately extended support to the relief operation by providing meals three times a day to the distressed persons.
The Akshaya Patra started the feeding from 25 April 2018, distributed 1000 meals for lunch and dinner. The food relief will continue for a few days till the affected citizens are able to cope with the dire circumstances. Items distributed were poori, sabji, rice, dal and kichdi.
The new Akshaya Patra facility which is under construction in Jahangirpuri, North Delhi immediately initiated the relief operation by supplying equipment's, manpower, materials and distribution vehicles from The Akshaya Patra Kitchen in Vrindavan, UP.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. 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 more children with wholesome food on 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 5 schools. Today, it is the world's largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.6 million children from 13,839 schools across 12 states in India.
For more information, visit: https://www.akshayapatra.org