On July 16th, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur Kitchen in India. The kitchen, which is part of Akshaya Patra’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, was built in 2004 and currently serves mid-day meals to over 106,000 students in more than 1,400 schools is one of 20 such kitchens that Akshaya Patra operates across India.
“This is the finest commitment made by the Clinton Foundation in its 10 years of existence,” said President Clinton. “It is wonderful.”
“Akshaya Patra combines the execution excellence of a for-profit with the compassion of a non-profit,” Desh Deshpande told President Clinton at the kitchen tour. “If we all come together and bring our skills, our passion and our resources to bear, we can help this organization meet and surpass its goal of feeding 5 million children daily by 2020.”
Akshaya Patra, the world’s largest NGO in India providing 1.3 million children mid-day meals every single day, was initially supported by the Deshpande Foundation.