PM Narendra Modi today visited Vrindavan where he unveiled a ceremonial plaque at the event to mark the serving of "3rd billionth meal" by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir campus in this holy city. Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organisation that works with the government on mid-day meal schemes. PM also distributed Akshaya Patra to some of the children. The foundation has a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan.
PM Modi served lunch to 20 children on the occasion. While addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi expressed happiness that the Akshaya Patra started during the Atal ji regime and now he got the opportunity to serve the "3rd billionth meal". He said, Government has given special focus on nutrition, vaccination and sanitation for children with schemes like National Nutrition Mission, Mission Indradhanush and Swacch Bharat Mission.
While mentioning the schemes being run by the Union govt for the welfare of children, pm said that good nutrition and healthy childhood is the foundation of New India.
The Akshaya Patra foundation serves as an implementing partner of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. In its 19-year journey, the foundation has served mid-day meals to 1.76 million children in twelve states covering 14,702 schools. The foundation works closely with the Human Resource Development Ministry and state governments to serve quality, hygienic, and nutritious food to millions of children.