COVID-19 - The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Location: UK

The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) is an NGO originally established to eliminate classroom hunger in India.

Since 2018, TAPF has been tackling hunger among children in the UK, serving almost 50,000 hot holiday meals to children in holiday clubs across Greater London. Since March 2020, the Foundation has cooked and distributed over 100,000 hot, vegetarian meals to the homeless, and vulnerable adults and families across Greater London. Meals are prepared in TAPF’s community kitchen in Watford, from where the meals are distributed.

In order to respond to those most socially and economically marginalised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NextEnergy Foundation is distributing hot meals together with TAPF during the 2020/21 festive period.

April 2021 UK Update: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TAPF has cooked and distributed over 120,000 meals to vulnerable communities struggling with food poverty in Greater London. With the support of the NextEnergy Foundation, a total of 10,000 hot meals were cooked, packaged and distributed through distribution points in Kentish Town, Camden Town, Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross.

Location: India

The Akshaya Parta Foundation (TAPF) is an Indian NGO which was originally established to eliminate classroom hunger through the provision of fresh and nutritious meals in partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments. Since its founding in 2000, TAPF’s Midday Meal Scheme has grown from feeding 1,500 children across 5 schools to serving hot vegetarian meals to 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India every school day. Their mission is to solve for nutrition, not for hunger, and as an ethos, only vegetarian meals are prepared and distributed.

Since March 2020, and with the closure of schools across India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAPF has distributed 80 million meals and dry grocery parcels to vulnerable communities such as migrant labourers, daily wage workers, and the economically disadvantaged. This has been achieved in partnership with a network of kitchens across the country, working closely with the Government and other civic administrations. In addition, Happiness Boxes are being provided to children who were previously Midday Meal beneficiaries. These Boxes consist of dry rations for one month for the entire family + school supplies + hygiene supplies. Since March 2020 6 million boxes have been distributed across India.

With 50% of the budget which had originally been set aside for the NextEnergy Capital Hyderabad (India) office Christmas 2020 festivities and an additional donation from NEF, 1,666 Happiness Boxes are being distributed across India over December 2020 and January 2021.

April 2021 India Update: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TAPF has distributed over 118 million meals across India. In particular, Happiness Kits have been delivered to support children who were previously on TAPF’s Midday Meal scheme, as well as their families. With the support of the NextEnergy Foundation, a total of 1,666 Happiness Kits were distributed across Nathdwara, a city in the Western state of Rajasthan, India.