GUWAHATI, April 26 - At a function held today in the Akshaya Patra Foundation kitchen premises at Amingaon, North Guwahati, a food distribution vehicle to carry meals for 2,000 children in a radius of 20 km, was flagged off by senior officials of Canara Bank, Guwahati.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides meals to students in schools where underprivileged families send their children. The programme started in 2000 in Bengaluru and at present it is feeding 1.5 million schoolchildren across the country.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation began its operations in Guwahati in February 2010 and now they are feeding mid-day meals to 52,000 children in 593 schools every day.
The officials present on the occasion appreciated the initiative of the foundation. Speaking at the function, Mahesh Kumar Singh, General Manager, Canara Bank, Head Office, Bengaluru, said, �It is a very pleasant and satisfying experience at Akshaya Patra. The noble work done here has really gladdened me. The process is scientific and the maintenance is very hygienic. I am proud to contribute a bit to this movement.�
Swami Janardhana Dasa, president, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, North East Region, appreciated the generous donation and thanked the Canara Bank officials for their support. He also appealed to the general public, public sector undertakings and private companies to come forward and support the programme generously to fulfil the mission to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.
He informed that the foundation is planning to set up centralised kitchens at Jorhat, Dispur and Agartala to feed 50,000 children every day from those kitchens.