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.
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.
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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