* With Swiggy’s support, Akshaya Patra will provide over 2.5 lakh packed cooked meals to vulnerable populations across Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, etc.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Swiggy have collaborated to extend COVID-19 food relief in multiple locations across the country. The partnership will enable Akshaya Patra to feed more than 2.5 lakh meals to daily-wage earners, migrant labourers and rough sleepers in various locations. In the first phase, 1 lakh meals were served in Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow and Hyderabad during Aug-Sept 2021.
Shivcharan, Pulugurtha, SVP, Business said, "Swiggy is synonymous with delivering food to tens of millions of users throughout the country. We also understand we have a role in democratizing access to food among the most vulnerable population in our country. We're partnering with Akshaya Patra in our commitment to reducing food insecurities in the different communities in the country by taking food to those who need it the most."
Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Sundeep Talwar, CMO, Akshaya Patra, said, “We are honoured to associate with Swiggy and thankful for their support towards our relief feeding efforts in these times of adversity. Such partnerships play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability that is integral to humanitarian relief efforts. Their contribution will enable us to serve over 2.5 lakh packed meals to people from vulnerable communities in several cities across the country. We are glad to have Swiggy as our partner and hope that this collaboration will be the first of many to follow.”
He further added, “I want to thank the Central Government and State Governments for providing us this opportunity to serve children and communities during the pandemic, and supporting and encouraging our efforts all along.”
Akshaya Patra has been extending food relief in 20 states and one union territory (UT) since March 2020. It has been serving cooked meals and distributing various types of essential groceries kits to vulnerable populations, each type designed for a specific group. As of 31 August, 2021, the Foundation has cumulatively served over 17.53 crore meals to vulnerable populations across 20 states and one UT.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to address classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and, at the same time, bring children to school. Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 13 states and one union territory in India.
Founded in 2014, Swiggy is India’s leading convenience platform. With a vision to elevate the quality of life for the urban consumer by offering unparalleled convenience, it connects consumers to over 1,80,000 restaurant partners and stores in over 500 cities. Using innovative technology, Swiggy provides a hassle-free, fast and reliable delivery experience. Every order delivered by Swiggy’s dedicated fleet of delivery partners engaged on a principal-to-principal basis, ensures a host of customer-centric features like lightning-fast delivery, no minimum order value, live order tracking, and 24/7 customer support.