Hitachi Vantara Corporation Partners with Akshaya Patra; Donates a Delivery Vehicle for the Foundation’s Kitchen in Telangana

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India, 12 October 2021: Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management and analytics,  and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has partnered with The Akshaya Patra  Foundation as a part of its CSR initiative and donated one customised food delivery vehicle to the  Foundation’s kitchen in Kandi in Sangareddy district of Telangana. Akshaya Patra serves over 80,000  Government school children from the Kandi kitchen. The newly donated vehicle will help the  organisation reach out to over 4,000 beneficiary children in this region with nutritious, hygienic and  tasty mid-day meals every school day. Hitachi has been supporting Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal  (MDM) Programme implementation for the last three years. 

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The vehicle was flagged off at Akshaya Patra’s Kandi kitchen on 9th October 2021 in the presence of Hitachi Vantara’s Digital Solutions leader Uday Chander, HR Head Ejaz Syed and other business leaders  – Chandrakanth Varaganti Tripti Arora -, James Bernard and Manoj Jajoo. On the behalf of Akshaya  Patra, Shri Yagneshwara Prabhu, Vice President-Hyderabad Akshayapatra Chapter, Ms. Rajini  Sinha, State Head were present at the flag-off event. 

“We are delighted to partner with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to support the local communities in  Telangana. Hitachi has the vision to solve social and environmental challenges and secure a better  future for the next generations, and we take our vision seriously. It is our responsibility to ensure that  children in schools receive nutritious meals and are looked after, “said Ejaz Syed, Country Director, Head HRBP – India, Hitachi Vantara. 

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Acknowledging the support, Mr.Sundeep Talwar, CMO, Akshaya Patra said, “We are thrilled about this  partnership with Hitachi Vantara and immensely grateful to them for donating us a new delivery  vehicle. Our collaboration with Hitachi for the school feeding programme started three years ago and  has just strengthened with time. We hope it will continue to flourish as we believe that such  partnerships play a crucial role in helping us reach out to over 1.8 million children across the country  every school day.” He further added, “We are also thankful to the Ministry of Education, Government  of India and the Government of Telangana for providing us the opportunity to serve the children.” 

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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. 

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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.

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