Akshaya Patra recently announced a new partnership with the Elanco Foundation, which has pledged $100,000 to help increase the impact of COVID-19 related food security efforts across India.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Indian government lockdown, over 1.3 billion individuals and thousands of vulnerable communities were significantly burdened and impacted by the crisis. In particular, the lockdown forced school closures limiting Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program with millions of students not receiving meals resulting in a spike in food insecurity and malnutrition.
“This is a significant moment for us at Akshaya Patra, as we work alongside the Elanco Foundation--under a unified mission--to alleviate hunger,” Jyothi Sathyan, Finance Director of Akshaya Patra, stated. “We believe that food assistance has a crucial role in humanitarian disaster relief efforts. Together with our supporters, we have been able to serve over 151 million meals to individuals and families in need since March 2020.”
The partnership with the Elanco Foundation will help provide thousands of packaged meals, kitchen supplies, groceries, and hygiene kits to the tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals and communities affected by the pandemic.
“As an organization committed to advancing the health and well-being of people in need, we are proud to work with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to help alleviate pressure on vulnerable communities,” said Jared Skok, Executive Director of the Elanco Foundation and Head of CSR and Sustainability at Elanco Animal Health. “The Elanco Foundation’s mission aligns well with Akshaya Patra’s efforts to promote food security for disadvantaged children and their families. Collaborating with our community partners on the ground, we are able to improve the livelihoods of those who would otherwise not have food on the table in these difficult times of the pandemic.”
About Elanco Foundation
The Elanco Foundation is driven by the power of animals, the promise of health, and the potential for change. Established in 2019 by Elanco Animal Health, the Foundation is committed to improving the well-being of people and animals around the world through philanthropic investments and strategic partnerships focused on enhancing food security and promoting the human-animal bond. To learn more about the Elanco Foundation, visit https://www.elanco.com/en-us/sustainability/the-foundation.
About Akshaya Patra
Established in 2000, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO school meal program, providing hot, nutritious school lunches to over 1.8 million children in over 19,257 schools through 57 kitchens in 12 states and two Union Territories in India. It costs only $20 to feed a child for an entire school year. Since the COVID-19 lockdown began on March 24th, Akshaya Patra has served more than 136 million meals to migrant workers and our beneficiaries and their families. Visit us at https://www.akshayapatrausa.org.
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