The Akshaya Patra Foundation will be holding its 2016 Inaugural New Jersey Benefit Event on Saturday, August 20th at 5:30 PM at the TV Asia headquarters in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Deepak Chopra will be the event’s keynote speaker. Comedian Omi Vaidya will act as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
The event will be held at the headquarters of media partner TV Asia and will begin with a welcome reception. Over 350 business, non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders from around the region are expected to attend and support the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger and malnutrition and to promote education for underserved children in India.
Established in 2000, Akshaya Patra began by serving 1,500 in 5 schools in Bangalore. Today Akshaya Patra is the largest NGO-run school meal programs in the world and serves over 1.5 million children daily in over 11,501 schools through 24 kitchens in ten states in India. In 2016, Akshaya Patra is celebrating its 15th Anniversary and the serving of its 2 billionth meal to children in India. Akshaya Patra USA is the US branch of Akshaya Patra and raises funds and awareness for the school meal program in India.
Akshaya Patra has received international recognition for its life-changing mission. In 2016, Akshaya Patra’s Founder Madhu Pandit Dasa received the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for his work with Akshaya Patra. Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra India, was recognized as being among the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators in the world. Akshaya Patra was recently awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize, an award established to recognize an organization’s outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development. This year’s event will feature an evening of networking, entertainment, and dinner.
For more information about Akshaya Patra, please visit www.foodforeducation.org.