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The NGO for children Akshaya Patra feeds healthy food for children via individuals who donate to charity through its Mid-Day Meal Programme.

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Healthy Food for Children is Crucial for


The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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All the major developments of the body and brain take place at childhood.

Therefore, lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains are

essential in the food for childrento ensure their healthy development. However,

the reality is that not all the children in India have access to proper nutrition,

especially in their formative years, in fact millions still don’t. The silver lining is

that the situation has become far better than what it was used to be, largely

thanks to the efforts of various NGOs for children and people who donate to


Healthy food for children is important for several reasons:

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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Early childhood - from birth to eight years is one of the most critical

periods in children’s growth. It is during this period children grow fast

and acquire all their basic skills including language, socio-emotional

development (attachment, sense of right and wrong); and fine (ability

to hold pencils) and gross (balance, skip) motor skills. Vital nutrients in

fruits and vegetables like vitamin C, vitamin A, fibre, folate, potassium,

magnesium and phytochemicals help keep the body and mind healthy.

This is why doctors and health experts specify on including more fruits

and vegetables in food for children

food for children.

Countless studies in the past have also highlighted importance of

healthy eating during childhood. A balanced diet has been shown to

increase brain function, improve behaviour and concentration of

students and improve children’s learning capacity and academic

performance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),

healthy nutrition also protects children against obesity and chronic

diseases like cancer, eating disorders and cardiovascular diseases. In

addition, following a healthy diet during the early stages of growth also

helps one remain healthy in adulthood and at old age.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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On the other hand, chronic malnutrition has been proved to leave irreversible

damage on children, both in their physical and mental development. UNICEF

states that about 7.6 million children around the world die before age five.

Around 200 million children manage to survive; but fail to reach full human

potential due to various reasons like poor nutrition, inadequate care and lack of

opportunities. According to the experts, early intervention by giving

opportunities to overcome these issues can yield promising results and help

improve survival, growth, health and other areas of early development.

In India, effort to provide opportunities to underserved children was initiated

through many NGO for children like The Akshaya Patra Foundation. With the

help of individuals who donate to charity,Akshaya Patra has been providing

nutritious food for children since 2000.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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Giving children the opportunity to attend school regularly, the organisation

currently delivers freshly cooked nutritious meals to over 1.4 million children

every day. The NGO for children aims at providing more food for children by

expanding its reach to 5 million students by 2020.

To help make this happen, join Akshaya Patra and donate to charity. Your

support will ensure more children get wholesome meals every day in

government and government aided schools, and get the opportunity to grow

physically and mentally strong.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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