Akshaya Patra and ManipalCigna Health Insurance Partner to
address Covid-19 Food Relief Efforts across India

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Akshaya Patra, food relief, social work

The ManipalCigna Health Insurance Foundation, funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) and its
subsidiaries has pledged $75,000 for COVID-19 Food Relief Efforts for the economically
deprived families under its program, ‘Healthier Kids For Our Future’

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India, 10th December 2021: ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company Limited, a joint venture between
Manipal Group, an eminent player in the field of healthcare delivery and higher education and Cigna
Corporation (NYSE:CI), U.S. based global health service leader, has partnered with The Akshaya Patra
Foundation to distribute a total of 4,550 Akshaya Patra’s Family Happiness Kits in Mumbai/Thane,
Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Guwahati, and Delhi along with a school painting project.
The Cigna Foundation, funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries has
pledged $75,000 to help provide dry ration kits to the economically deprived families affected by the
pandemic. The distribution of Family Happiness Kits which will include rice, wheat flour, sugar, pulses,
cooking oil and other grocery accompaniments will be carried out on 17th and 18th December, 2021
across the country.


The donation is part of Cigna Foundation’s $25 million ‘Healthier Kids For Our Future’ initiative to
improve the health and well-being of children and support local communities. The Healthier Kids For
Our Future program addresses three key areas of children’s health and welfare that align to the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals – good health and well-being, zero hunger and no poverty.
Cigna’s over 74,000 global employees will work together to put children on a healthier path, starting
with reducing childhood hunger and improving nutrition in local communities.
Speaking on the partnership, Sapna Desai, Head of Marketing and Digital Sales, ManipalCigna Health
Insurance,said “Lack of quality nutrition can significantly affect people’s physical health and may lead
to preventable chronic conditions. Through our partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Family
Happiness Kits program, we at ManipalCigna Health Insurance and the Cigna Foundation are providing
the capacity to support the underprivileged families of our society with the nutritious groceries they
need for healthy lives”.

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Acknowledging the support, Mr. Sundeep Talwar, CMO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “It is
our responsibility to ensure that nutritious meals are served to children in schools and that no child
goes hungry. We’re pleased to be working with ManipalCigna Health Insurance, and we’re appreciative
of the Cigna Foundation’s support in sponsoring our Family Happiness Kits. Such collaborations assist
us in serving over 1.8 million children every school day across the country. This was our first
collaboration and we hope to strengthen our partnership over time.”
The Akshaya Patra Foundation aims to address malnutrition and support the right to education of
socio-economically disadvantaged children of the nation and beyond with the support of the
Government of India, various State Governments, and generous supporters. With this vision, the
organization has been concerting all its efforts towards serving children and humanity for the last 21
years with the spread of 58 kitchens across 12 states & 2 Union territories of India.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that strivesto 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 caterto 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 (notfor-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.
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation, established in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna
Corporation (NYSE:CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its
commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their
communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
About ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company Limited
ManipalCigna Health insurance Company Limited is a joint venture between Manipal Group, an
eminent player in the field of healthcare delivery and higher education in India, Cigna Corporation, a
global health services company with 225+ years of experience. ManipalCigna is headquartered out of
Mumbai and has 50 branch offices covering major metros and towns. The company has built a strong
multi-distribution network of over 30,000 agents, 300+ major brokers and is present in over 15,000
point of sales locations across the country through its distribution network. ManipalCigna also has tieups with 12 leading Banks, over 35 NBFCs, MFIs and Corporate Agents for distributing health insurance
solutions and has a network of over 6500 trusted hospitals across cities including tier I, tier II and tier
III towns in India.

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