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Akshaya Patra Foundation to the rescue of Jaipur flood victims

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Stoneham, MA: The month of August saw heavy rains in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, and surrounding areas, causing residents of the region to face flash floods, displacement and food insecurity. Thousands were rendered homeless and a few people were killed in the heavy downpour. At the request of district administration, the Akshaya Patra Foundation came to the rescue of the flood victims and distributed over 50,000 meals in the disaster affected areas.

From August 22nd to September 8th, 2012, Akshaya Patra distributed food in the low lying areas of Jaipur in colonies such as Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar. The Akshaya Patra distribution vans were stationed near the water logged areas while food was hand carried to the affected places. The officers from the food & civil supplies department, police and district administration guided the relief operation. The Foundation continued to support the district in relief efforts until the threat had passed.

Recently, the District Collector of Jaipur, Naveen Mahajan, recognized the services of Akshaya Patra during the flood. Mahajan awarded a certificate of appreciation to Rathnangada Dasa, Unit President Akshaya Patra Jaipur, who received the honor on behalf of the Foundation.

“We are pleased that we were able to assist and provide some relief to the Jaipur community during this trying time,” said Madhu Sridhar, President and CEO of Akshaya Patra USA. “Our involvement in the communities we serve goes beyond providing mid-day meals to school children as we are invested in the success of the children’s families as well. Akshaya Patra will continue to, as it always has, provide its services during natural disasters.”

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