The world’s largest non-profit-run midday meal program for school children is looking at new technologies including blockchain to support and enhance its project to put an end to child hunger.
The program, titled ‘Akshaya Patra‘ that translates to ‘inexhaustible or unlimited vessel’, is a mid-day meal scheme that serves food to children in government schools and government-aided schools in India that are commonly attended by children from low-income households. The namesake non-profit foundation began in 2000, serving 15,000 school children in 5 schools to now provide food to over 1.6 million children from 13,529 across 11 states in India. The meals program has also helped in raising school attendance.
The foundation has now revealed details about a collaboration with services and consulting firm Accenture to strengthen its ‘Million Meals’ project with disruptive technologies including blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. The three technologies were specifically chosen for their potential to address ‘significant challenges’ in mass meal production and delivery of these meals to over a million children every day.