Bhoomi Puja celebration unveiling

50,000 More School Children Have Food to Eat

– Mangaluru, India

Diya Systems has partnered with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to build and open a new Mega Kitchen facility in Mangaluru, India. Each day, the kitchen will serve 50,000 children attending government-aided schools in and around Dakshina Kannada and Udupi region.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation in association with the GT Foundation held a Bhoomi Puja ceremony on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at Benjanapadavu, Mangaluru, India. After years of planning and brainstorming, what was once a dream is now becoming a reality.

“This is my dream project which aims to nourish approx. 50,000 children, help in eradicating malnutrition and also provide quality education to them,” said Dr. V. Ravichandran, CEO of Diya Systems.

The project developed from a partnership between the GT Foundation, Diya’s philanthropic organization, and Akshaya Patra, a not-for-profit organization that provides the world’s largest mid-day meals program, which serves more than 1.6 million school children.

Notable Guests and Honorees at the Bhoomi Puja Ceremony

Akshaya Patra-Bhoomi Puja Dignitaries

About the GT Foundation

The GT Foundation, established in 2004, is one of the biggest Charitable Institutions in the Mangaluru region and provides aid to impoverished residents. The GT Foundation also offers assistance to those who show great promise in the arts, creating and executing long-term projects that increase employment opportunities. The GT Foundation’s programs span many areas, including:

  • Health Initiatives
  • Education Assistance
  • Cultural Programs
  • Elderly Programs
  • And more

Learn more about the GT Foundation.

About the Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit headquartered in Bengalaru, India dedicated to ensuring no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has implemented the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government and government-aided schools at 13,839 schools across 12 states in India, serving more than 1.6 million children and 25 million meals to date. Akshaya Patra is continuously leveraging technology in its state-of-the-art kitchens, which have become a subject of study attracting visitors from around the world.

Learn more about the Akshaya Patra Foundation

Dr. V. Ravichandran speaks at the Bhoomi Puja ceremony for the Akshaya Patra Foundation Mega Kitchen opening.

News Coverage

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