The Bengaluru based NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation has constructed the state’s first centralized kitchen to serve midday meals (MDM) to 20,000 students of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Zill Parishad-run schools in Nagpur. A Los Angeles based couple, the Tilaks have sponsored the MDM.
With the help of chef minister Devendra Fadnavis, the foundation, and the NMC launched the pilot project.
The NRI couple Ravi and Vandana Tilak contributed Rs.2.50 crore for the project. Vandana who is chair of the foundation’s Los Angeles chapter, has sponsored the project in her father Bapu Dalal’s memory.
13 chapters of the foundation are established in the US, each comprising of 20 Indians who are all raising funds for the proposed 70 MDM kitchens across India.
During his visit to Los Angeles Fadnavis thanked the Tilak couple.