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Deutsche Bank partners with Akshaya Patra to distribute 40,000 ‘Happiness Kits’ to Govt school children in Bangalore and Jaipur.

By CSRBOX On 24 September 2020
Deutsche Bank partners with Akshaya Patra to distribute 40,000 ‘Happiness Kits’ to Govt school children in Bangalore and Jaipur.

Deutsche Bank and The Akshaya Patra Foundation today announced the distribution of 40,000 ‘Happiness Kits’ to government school children in the cities of Bangalore and Jaipur. Each happiness kit contains dry ration, spices, nutritional items like jaggery and peanuts, education material and toiletries for one child for up to one month. With schools remaining closed for over six months now due to the pandemic, these children have been deprived of their classroom activity as well as the mid-day meal they would otherwise have been served in school. 

This initiative, aimed at ensuring that school children do not lose out on nutrition or their education, also marks 40 years since Deutsche Bank set up its first branch in the country in Mumbai. Deutsche Bank began its partnership with The Akshaya Patra Foundation in 2014 and over the last six years has supported the latter’s mid-day meal programme across Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Jaipur and Ajmer. During this period, Deutsche Bank has supported the provision of close to 70 million mid-day meals to government school children through Akshaya Patra Foundation.

“Adequate nutrition and a basic education need to be seen as a fundamental right for children without which, their ability to grow into productive members of society in later years is impacted,” said Kaushik Shaparia, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank India. “I am glad that our partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation is working towards addressing this challenge.”

“Hidden hunger is real and to see our people not afford two square nutritious meals a day is a travesty to say the least. With the benevolence of Deutsche Bank which has contributed generously towards this worthy cause, we have served 2 million meals to those deprived, as part of our covid food relief effort,” said Shridhar Venkat, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Deutsche Bank and Akshaya Patra Foundation have been working very closely together since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to support large sections of marginalised groups, daily wage earners and economically challenged people. The support from Deutsche Bank helped fund 2 million meals across Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Silvassa and Vadodara. In recent years, Deutsche Bank has also supported Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meal programme – the world’s largest – by sponsoring food delivery vans, the construction of a meal kitchen in Ajmer and a reverse osmosis plant and boiler in Mangalore, among others. 

About Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank provides retail and private banking, corporate and transaction banking, lending, asset and wealth management products and services as well as focused investment banking to private individuals, small and medium-sized companies, corporations, governments and institutional investors. Deutsche Bank is the leading bank in Germany with strong European roots and a global network. 

Deutsche Bank has been operating in India since 1980 with a strong presence in the businesses of corporate banking, investment banking, retail banking, private wealth management and global business services. With close to 13,000 staff and operations across various locations in India, the group is recognized as one of the leading foreign financial services providers in the country. www.db.com

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. 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 on 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 across 12 states & 2 union territories in India. For more details, please log on: www.akshayapatra.org

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