The Akshaya Patra Foundation continues in its pursuit to vaccinate the underprivileged people, especially in the rural areas. The foundation has launched a 20 – day incentivised vaccination camp at its kitchen premises in and around Jigani on 10th January 2022, which shall primarily focus on individuals who are eligible for their second dose or booster dose. The aim is to vaccinate 25,000 people in this semi-urban, industrial area. Till date, 5000 people have been vaccinated. Previously, the Foundation held a successful campaign and vaccinated over 15,000 people with their first dose, at the same premises.
The Foundation strives to address vaccine hesitancy among marginalised populations through its incentivised vaccination drives. Every person receives pre-jab refreshments; post-jab lunch, and a Raksha Kit—a customised ration kit with groceries for 21 meal servings—all free of cost. Each Raksha Kit consists of one kg rice, one kg wheat flour, 500 gm tur dal, 500 gm desi channa, 500 gm green moong whole, 250 gm peanuts, 200 gm turmeric powder, one kg sugar, one kg salt, one litre refined oil and one bar of soap.
This initiative is sponsored by corporate partners, CME, NetApp, HSBC, IndusInd and Wells Fargo. Sakaria Hospitals is the vaccination facilitator for the camp. The Foundation collaborates with a volunteering partner for manpower requirements. People can walk-in for vaccination between 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM.
The Foundation has so far vaccinated over 1 lakh individuals across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. It aims to cover 2 lakh individuals across the country in the next 3-4 months.
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 [as of March 2020] across 13 states and one union territory in India.
For more details, log on: www.akshayapatra.org