PSA India today donated Rs 14 Lakh to the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Scheme which serves wholesome school lunches daily to over 1.8 million children in 16,856 schools across 12 states and two Union territories of India. The donation was made during a visit to Akshaya Patra’s headquarters in Bengaluru, and was on behalf of PSA India’s container terminals: PSA Mumbai, PSA Chennai, PSA Kolkata and PSA Sical in Tuticorin.
Akshaya Patra strives to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in both government and government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra also aims at countering malnutrition and supporting the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children. The donation from PSA India was in addition to the individual Corporate Social Responsibility activities of each PSA India terminal in its local community. In 2019, local orphanages in Chennai, Kolkata and Tuticorin were supported with donations and staff visits from PSA Chennai and PSA Sical; tree and shrub planting was undertaken by PSA Mumbai and PSA Kolkata; whilst staff from PSA Sical and PSA Mumbai took part in blood donation drives. A career counselling session for school leavers was also arranged by PSA Mumbai. Mr.Sundeep Talwar, Chief Marketing Officer, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “ We are immensely grateful to PSA India for their support in our feeding initiative. Such partnerships are an integral part of the sustainability of the organization as they enable us to reach out to more children with freshly-prepared nutritious mid-day meals that have a positive impact on their health and education.” Mr. Mike Formoso, PSA India Managing Director said, “We are very pleased to support Akshaya Patra, a leading NGO making an invaluable contribution towards children’s nutrition across the nation. During our visit today, we have been deeply impressed by the organization, efficiency and care that has produced over three billion meals for school children to date.”