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PM to serve 3 billionth meal to children in Vrindavan on Monday
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PM to serve 3 billionth meal to children in Vrindavan on Monday

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New Delhi, Feb 10 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh on February 11 where he will unveil the plaque to mark the serving of 3rd billionth meal by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, a release from the Prime Minister's office said on Sunday.

The Prime Minister will then serve the 3rd billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools.

He will later address a gathering on this occasion.

Mr Modi will also pay floral tribute at the 'vigraha' (sculpture) of Srila Prabhupad, the Acharya of International Society for Krishna consciousness (ISCKON).

The occasion is to commemorate the serving of 3 billion meals by the foundation.

Akshaya Patra serves as an implementing partner of Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

In its 19-year journey, Akshaya Patra foundation has served mid-day meals to 1.76 million children in 12 states, covering 14,702 schools.

In 2016, Akshaya Patra commemorated the serving of 2 billion cumulative meals in the presence of the then President of the country, Pranab Mukherjee.

The Foundation works closely with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and State Governments to serve quality, hygienic, and nutritious food to millions of children.

Mid-Day Meal Scheme is considered to be the largest of its kind programme in the world.

The program aims to boost enrollment, attendance, and retention in schools and to improve the health profile of children in the age group of 6-14 years.

The Prime Minister mentioned about Akshaya Patra Foundation on October 24, 2018, during the launch of ‘Self4Society’ App in New Delhi.

He said, 'Akshaya Patra is a social start-up, which has turned into a movement that provides food to school children.'(UNI)