Updated Mar 25, 2020

The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) Mid-Day Meal Program


Chandani Punia

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Stage 5: Scaling

TAPF served 1,500 meals in five schools in 2000, 127 million in 2007-08, and 213 million in 2011-12. The 19 facilities supply meals in hundreds of government schools across India.
This food program targets economically disadvantaged school-going children throughout India.
Registered in Indiain India

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Innovation Description

The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) is a mid-day meal scheme for children attending government-run schools in India. By providing lunches to students, TAPF aims to ensure that no child in India is deprived of education because of hunger.
How does your innovation work?
The program, due to its large reach, is externally monitored. The foundation has full-time staff responsible for maintaining records of operations, expenses, and more. It receives feedback from schools once a month and feedback from forums of teachers once a quarter. An evaluation study is done by AC Nielson once every three years and an impact study was done by Manipal University.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Students enrolled in public, government-funded primary schools are more likely to come from households in lower income brackets, and these are the schools targeted by this program. Students' lack of healthy meals is often an indication of limited household finances and budgetary constraints.


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