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Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Raises USD 2.1 Million for Akshaya Patra

By CSRBOX Desk On 24 May 2017
 
Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Raises USD 2.1 Million for Akshaya Patra
 

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor raised over $925,000 within a half hour, auctioning off tables for Akshaya Patra

The newest awardee of the Padmashri, delighted the audience with his charisma and complete dedication towards this cause close to his heart. He shared touching stories from his career and brought forward the painful facts of hunger in India.

Chef Kapoor spoke about his own childhood, narrated the three different lives that his father led after moving from Pakistan to India after the partition. He emphasized on the point that anyone could succeed given a chance. Everyone deserves a chance ; and that no child should be denied education because of hunger.

In the Bay Area, in the presence of notable executives and dignitaries from the Silicon Valley, Chef appealed to the audience to donate towards Akshaya Patra, an NGO that serves 1.6 million midday meals to children in 13,200 government schools in 12 States in India. Akshaya Patra has scaled from serving 1,500 meals in 2002 to becoming the biggest midday meal program in the world, operating 29 centralized, ISO certified kitchens and transporting the food to schools up to a distance of 40 kms.

In a conversation with Chef at the Sanatan Dharma temple in Los Angeles with over 300 guests present, comedian and Emcee Rajiv Satyal asked “why Akshaya Patra?”. Chef answered by saying that his journey was about good food and Akshaya Patra was all about food. Just like his own journey where cooking food for his family and friends and also presenting it to millions of viewers on television show for over 20 years, the joy of giving is much more than the joy of receiving.
 
With just under 100 donors present, Chef spoke about the circle of giving and receiving, everything he gave has come back to him many times over – something we often miss in our busy lives. His message to the audience was to donate, because we could and to go even further, give for selfish reasons, because it felt good. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor raised over $925,000 within a half hour, auctioning off tables for Akshaya Patra’s Diwali benefit gala on October 28th in Los Angeles. Vandana Tilak, a director of the Board for Akshaya Patra USA thanked the Chef and his wife Alyona for taking the time out in their busy lives to support the fight against hunger and going above and beyond to ensure every opportunity was explored and dedicated to serving a mid day meal to children in India.

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