Annamrita Foundation (previously known as ISKCON Food Relief Foundation) is a not-for-profit, non-religious, non-sectarian public charitable trust formed on April 23, 2004 and registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. Its mid day meal program is being implemented in municipal, government aided and non-aided schools for the benefit of underprivileged children. The work is done without any commercial motive and the benefits are available to needy students at large without any discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed or gender.
Since the launch of the program, Annamrita has set up state-of-the-art kitchens in 20 locations namely; Tardeo, Mira Bhayander, Palghar, Nigdi, Wada, Aurangabad, Gurgaon, Delhi, Faridabad, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Tirupati, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Kadapa, Ranganara Gadda, Jamshedpur, Jaipur and Kolkata.
Annamrita has long resolved to uplift the health status of children by liberating them from the vicious cycle of Illiteracy and Malnutrition by providing them nutritious, satvik food prepared in hi-tech kitchen which nourishes the body and nurtures the soul.
Feeding the lesser privileged is an act of compassion that is accepted across all religions. Since time immemorial “Anna Daan” or the act of donating food is supreme and incomparable to any other form of charity. Annamrita’s program, ‘Tithi Bhoj’ enables you to sponsor meals on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, festivals, promotions etc. for underprivileged children. By partnering with Annamrita on such occasions you not only continue this tradition but also help sponsor meals and bring smiles to millions of lesser privileged children in slum's and tribal schools.
We have made it easy for you to donate with payment options like online, net banking or cash. If you prefer to make a monthly pledge, we will gladly assist with the same and provide a tax-deductible receipt. A standing instruction can also be given to your bank, or you can send a donation by mail to administrative office.
One question that the Annamrita team has been asked often is how corporate employees can be more involved in the project. Our program 'Khichdi Drive' was started with the goal of getting corporates and institutions more involved in the project. Annamrita hosts a khichdi tasting at a corporate office, wherein, employees get to taste the same khichdi which is being served to the children across schools that day. This activity not only helps us fundraise but also creates greater awareness for our cause.
So, if you can't directly donate but can connect us to your HR team or speak about our work to your CSR Manager, we would be happy to come and host a khichdi drive at your premises.
Meals for hospital patients
Being the largest mid day meal provider in Maharashtra did not hamper the quality or commitment towards the cause. Instead, it boosted Annamrita’s resolve to provide quality meals to other strata of society. In 2016 Annamrita Foundation inaugurated their one of its kind hi – tech kitchen at Dr. R. N. Cooper Municipal General Hospital.
Having received end of countless complaints over unhealthy meals and poor hygiene, Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College and Dr. R. N. Cooper Municipal General Hospital outsourced their cooking activity for the indoor patients to Annamrita – a path breaking move for any NGO for the first time. Patients at Cooper Hospital are now being served hygienic, sanctified, nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner, for which the Municipal Corporation has subsidized the cost of the meal. Health and nutrition for the lesser privileged is a cause Annamrita is sure many philanthropic individuals will be happy to support.