Kolkata, Jun 9 (UNI): Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, is partnering with Akshaya Patra to fight classroom hunger.
Through this initiative, Genpact and Akshaya Patra is providing nutritious and well-balanced meals to one million school students in government and government-aided schools across India, a spokesperson of Genpact on Saturday said.
Poor nutrition affects the physical and mental development of young children and is a leading cause of students dropping out of school.
Approximately 2000 Genpact employees and volunteers across Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jaipur and Kolkata came together at this event to fight classroom hunger and empower students to reach their full potential.
Sasha Sanyal, global business leader, Insurance, Diversity and CSR, Genpact, said, “It is unacceptable that in today's day and age hundreds of millions of people suffer from hunger. I strongly believe that each one of us can make a positive difference to change this reality. At Genpact, we are volunteering to combat classroom hunger through the #FeedAMillion initiative, so I want to thank our network of volunteers, partner organizations, and employee families for believing in and working towards creating a world free of hunger.”
Ashish Khanna, chief operating officer, Consumer Goods, Life Sciences and Healthcare at Genpact, said, “Classroom hunger affects a child’s ability to learn and grow. In order for us to create an educated and empowered nation, it is imperative to start with the fight to end hunger. The #FeedAMillion initiative is a step towards leading this change, and in Akshaya Patra we have a strong, dedicated partner with whom we are looking to impact the lives of individuals, communities and economies.”
The #FeedAMillion initiative in 2018 kicked off with a fundraising campaign in April. Contributions were made for the procurement of nutritious meals which will be distributed through Akshaya Patra.
Partnering with organizations such as Rise Against Hunger and Akshaya Patra, #FeedAMillion provides pre-packaged nutritious meals to underprivileged children across India and the world.
Speaking about the initiative, Sundeep Talwar, Chief Marketing Officer, Akshaya Patra, said, “Genpact has been a longstanding partner of Akshaya Patra and we are happy to collaborate with them to create a ‘Nourished India, Educated India.’ Through #FeedAMillion campaign, Genpact employees across locations are building awareness on SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, and mobilize Pulses (/Daal) to support in preparing nutritious meals to 1 million government school children.”
Akshaya Patra is the world's largest NGO-run mid-day meal program serving wholesome school lunches to over 1.7 million children in 14,173 schools across 12 states in India.
Source: United News of India dated June 9, 2018.