BOSTON—Approximately 1,000 families from across the United States will attend Akshaya Patra’s first “virtual gala” in Boston on May 3, according to an official from the non-profit organization, which serves hot and nutritious school lunch to 1.8 million children in India.
“We have already raised half a million with the help of Boston local sponsors,” Akshaya Patra’s Ankita Narula told INDIA New England News.
Akshaya Patra, the world’s largest mid-day meal provider which holds its Boston fundraising gala every year, is hosting an unprecedented virtual gala this year in response to Covid-19 crisis.
The Virtual Gala scheduled for May 3rd at 5.30 pm EST is unheard of and hosted by Akshaya Patra’s Boston Chapter team and donors. The gala features two keynote speakers. Ashish Jha, a professor at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, is much sought after in the media as an expert on COVID-19 and Prof. Kash Rangan, who teaches at Harvard Business School, and is familiar with Akshaya Patra.
In an earlier statement Akshaya Patra Foundation USA CEO Vandana Tilak had said that children need to be fed and that the organization’s fundraising will not stop.
“As everything on the Planet is going through a metamorphosis, we ourselves need to change how we view things and operate under the new conditions, without giving up our commitment to share what we have with those less fortunate,” Ms. Tilak said earlier.
Akshaya Patra’s experience in food preparation and distribution, with 55 kitchens nationally, has allowed the organization to quickly address the food crisis made worse because of the pandemic.
The cost per food box that feeds two people for 21 days is $25.00.
In the US, Akshaya Patra planned and executed 40 benefit events in 2019. With the possibility of not being able to have live events, changing course by planning out the technology, the logistics and using the tremendous opportunity to rally the community together, the organization has finalized a virtual gala, open to anyone on the globe.
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