Supporting the noble cause of the NGO Akshaya Patra, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind visited its centralised kitchen in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and served the mid-day meal to the children of Government schools and interacted with them.
President was accompanied by the First Lady Savita Kovind, Governor of Gujarat Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister of Yogi Adityanath.
Firstly, the President took a guided tour of the kitchen to get an insight into the kitchen equipment and the process involved in making food for every school-going children by the NGO. The tour was guided by Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra.
The dignitaries were welcomed by Madhu Pandit Dasa along with Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman of Akshaya Patra and enthusiastic children from government schools in Bati, Gonda Atas, Maghera, Ramtal, Devi Atas, Bhartia and Narayanpur.
Chairman Madhu Pandit Dasa expressed his happiness about the President’s visit and serving food to children. Vice-Chairman Chanchalapathi Dasa told that the Vrindavan kitchen was the second centralised kitchen to be set up by the Akshaya Patra.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan Singh, Dairy Development Minister; Shrikant Sharma, Power Minister; Satish Dwivedi, Basic Education Minister; Yudhishthira Krishna Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra (Uttar Pradesh); Bharatarshabha Dasa, Director, Strategic Relationships, and Harish, Pranth Pracharak, RSS.
Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. 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.