Gifts for mom, smiles for children

akshaypatra21The Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal program, has launched Gifts For Moms, Smiles For Children, a Mother’s Day Campaign that pays tribute to Mothers worldwide.

“That veritable fount of love called Mother does not discriminate.  Putting food on the table is integral to a Mother’s spirit and she is opaque by choice, to whether the mouth that she seeks to feed belongs to her own offspring or someone else’s,” said Madhu Sridhar, president and CEO of Akshaya Patra. “Akshaya Patra’s mission of eradicating hunger and promoting education is based on the vision shared by all Mothers worldwide. Gifts For Moms, Smiles For Children wonderfully blends twin tasks of honoring that often-unsung heroine called Mother and pledging food for a child for an entire year.”

$28 is a wonderful gift on behalf of a mother that a donor wishes to honor. A child somewhere will smile!

It costs Akshaya Patra $28 to feed a child daily for the entire school year.  Donors to the campaign contribute $28 to Akshaya Patra for each Mother they wish to honor. In areas where the Indian government provides a subsidy, $28 can actually feed two children. Once someone has donated, they can either choose for Akshaya Patra to send an email about their gift to the Mother they are honoring, or they can print out a Mother’s Day letter from Akshaya Patra to place in a card.

For more information or to donate to Gifts for Moms, Smiles for Children, please visit

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