Akshaya Patra, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation (NGO) running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India was awarded BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.
The Akshaya Patra NGO was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by BBC World Service audience from all over the world. Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India was founded by Madhu Pandit Dasa in 2000. Since its establishment it is running mid-day meal programme across India.
With the motto of-Unlimited Food for Education, its stated mission is to ensure that no child is deprived of education because of hunger.
BBC World Service Global Champion Award :
It is awarded to recognise a person or project who is changing the way world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better. Other projects on shortlisted for 2019 BBC award included UK charity WRAP (working towards reducing waste across various sectors), and Food 4 Education (a Kenya based NGO which provides heavily-subsidised meals at primary schools in Nairobi).