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Akshaya Patra Foundation USA’s Boston Chapter Held Its New England Gala, Feed To Educate

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA’s Boston chapter held its New England gala, Feed to Educate, on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 5:00 pm at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Massachusetts. Around 450 business, non-profit, government, and philanthropic leaders came out to support the organization’s dual mission of addressing childhood hunger & malnutrition and to promote education for underserved children in India.

The panel discussion between Boston leaders, Udit Bhatra, CEO of Waters Corporation; Dr. Reshma Kewalramani MD, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Mitzi Perdue, Author, Speaker and Anti-Trafficking Advocate and Navin Goel, CEO of Akshaya Patra Foundation USA, underscored the importance of the midday meal program. Mitzi Perdue stated, “One of the biggest ways to prevent both poverty and human trafficking is through education. By providing food at schools, Akshaya Patra does more to encourage education on a broader scale than any other organization possible!"

Comedian Rajiv Satyal regaled guests with his wit and sense of humor. Special guest Shaleen Sheth, co-founder of Women Who Win, a global media platform that empowers women, highlighted the female change makers of Akshaya Patra. Akshaya Patra Youth Ambassadors organized a virtual talent contest prior to the gala and invited the winner to accept a prize on stage. The announcement of a new partnership with Massachusetts-based Abris.io to offer Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) was met with excitement from all attendees.

Special thanks goes to Sapna Saxena, who donated funds from her wedding to the Foundation and Samantha Ganglani, who has been organizing young professionals in support of Akshaya Patra for several years.

Thank you to our Boston chapter chairs:


Rakesh Kamdar, Ajita Bhat, Venkat Kolluri, Chandu Shah, Bela Chandok, Rajeev Jain, Anjan Mehta, Ameeta Mehta, Dr. Manju Sheth, Dr. Vinay Kumar, Ravi Sakhuja, Rekha Gopalan, Sona Menon, Sowmya & Suneel Krishnaswamy, Sushil Bhatia and Urvashi Bhatia.

Thank you to the Gala committee for their vision and direction. To our wonderful and dedicated families, friends, staff and volunteers who spent months behind the scenes, creating the unrivaled experience that our galas are known for, we thank you. To our sponsors and everyone who attended the gala, we are overwhelmed and immensely grateful for your financial and moral support.

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

Established in 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO school meal program, providing hot, nutritious school lunches to over 1.8 million children in over 19,257 schools through 58 kitchens in 12 states and two Union Territories in India. It costs only $20 to feed a child for an entire school year. In 2006, the Akshaya Patra Foundation USA was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The foundation is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and supports the Akshaya Patra mission by raising funds and awareness in the United States. 

Visit us at https://foodforeducation.org/ 

Akshaya Patra USA Boston Chapter 

Community Leader, Dr. Manju Sheth 

Fireside Chat Panel; Mitzi Perdue, Dr. Reshma Kewalramani MD, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Udit Bhatra, CEO of Waters Corporation 

Fireside Chat Panel; Desh Deshpande and Mitzi Perdue

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