Submitted by Subeditor on Mon, 2016-02-01 21:13 Bengaluru: Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation and President of ISKCON Bangalore, has been conferred with the Padma Shri for the outstanding service rendered by Akshaya Patra mid-day meal scheme. Thanking the Centre, Madhu Pandit Dasa said that Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, desired that no one should go hungry in the country. “This award is a recognition of our humble service for the benefit of schoolchildren. Quality food for these children is a need,” said the ISKCON president. Madhu Pandit Dasa designed the first centralised kitchen of Akshaya Patra to provide mid-day meals to underprivileged children in the government schools of Bengaluru Rural District in July 2000. The organisation has set a target of feeding 5 million children by 2020. Akshaya Patra has so far served mid-day meals to 1.5 million children in 15 years, achieving the unique distinction of being the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme.