The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an organization with the vision that no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger, will host their annual Food for Education benefit event on September 8, 2012 at the Richardson Civic Center, Richardson, TX. Currently, Akshaya Patra’s program feeds freshly prepared, healthy meals to over 1.3 million children daily in over 9,000 schools through 21 kitchens in ten states in India. For many children this is their only complete meal for the day and serves as an incentive for them to come to school, stay in school and gain the necessary nutrients to focus on learning.
The benefit event will raise awareness and funds for Akshaya Patra’s unique and innovative program for fighting hunger and promoting education simultaneously and will be hosted by the Dallas Chapter led by Chapter Chairs, Radha Mookerjee and Guna Raj. Attendees of the event will include key community leaders, business executives and eminent change agents committed to unlocking these children from the vicious and perpetual cycle of poverty and determined to closing the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
Sudha Murthy, Social Activist and Author, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and Member of the Public Healthcare Initiative of the Gates Foundation will keynote the evening. Sudha Murthy has been a strong supporter of Akshaya Patra from its inception. She’s a known philanthropist with her work through the Infosys Foundation and has initiated a move to provide all government schools in Karnataka with computer and library facilities. She also teaches computer science and has written several fictional books such as Dollar Bahu, Mahashweta, and Wise & Otherwise.
“The Dallas community has always been very generous and supportive of ensuring that hunger is not a barrier to education for these deserving Akshaya Patra children. This year in addition to celebrating Akshaya Patra’s pioneering efforts and dramatic results, it is an opportunity for Dallas community to honor and celebrate Sudha’s illustrious journey”, said Madhu Sridhar, President and CEO of Akshaya Patra USA.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal programs. A public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver school lunch at a fraction of the cost of similar programs in other parts of the world. It costs Akshaya Patra only $15 to feed a child for an entire year. After reaching its initial goal of feeding one million children each school day, Akshaya Patra’s next milestone is to serve 5 million children daily by 2020.
To purchase tickets for the benefit event or to learn more about Akshaya Patra, visit www.foodforeducation.org.
For more information, call Piyali Dutta at 781-438-3090 ext. 5 or email Piyali@apusa.org.