Akshaya Patra is the largest mid-day meal program on the planet - feeding 1.3 millions children a hot lunch at school everyday. Close to 8.1 million underprivileged children in India are out of school and into child labour in order to earn a single mean in a day. When the basic needs of a child, such as food are not met, education often becomes the last priority. Hence, Akshaya Patra is helping underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for.

Akshaya Patra has proposed several challenges for teams to work on:

  1. Fundraising - [ACTIVE] - Develop an online strategy that could match a donor with a child, thus involving not only big corporations but a common man to help the day-to-day activity funding

  2. Tools to analyze and measure the performance of mid-meal programs - We could have a data acquisition and monitoring system to gauge the precise impact of the mid-day meal scheme on primary school enrollment and retention.

  3. Application to store aggregated information - A one place application to show relevant data and information on the functioning of the organization to the stakeholders and the general public.

  4. Online Accounting System - Replace physical records with digital maintenance of funds received and used.

  5. Delivery and Route Optimization Technique - [ACTIVE] - Apply traveling salesman problem to minimize cost and increase operational efficiency to deliver meals to various schools.

  6. Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Replace the manual checks for food safety like measuring and monitoring critical processes (such as temperature,etc) to automation.

Target Users


  • A Common man or a Corporation willing to donate.

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs:

  • Akshayapatra Administrators [Full features]
  • Sponsors/Donors [Limited access], primarily for - transparency/encouragement



  • Web pages (as part of Akshayapatra website) – accessible to Donors/Akshapatra admins

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs:

  • An installable/archive(jar/war etc) tool [Under discussion]
    • With UI to display performance/analysis graphs, tables with statistics
    • By accessing data from a datasource (such as DB). [Datasource may be common to all 6 tasks under this project.]

Current Progress

Fundraising [Use cases]

  • Admin creates a child's profile
  • Donor signs up as a single user or corporation
    • Signup is mandatory to enroll in specific child support
    • Anonymous signups are supported
  • Donor views a child's profile
  • Donor views the progress of a child's condition
  • Donor selects a child and donation program
    • Can filter children by condition, region etc.
    • Can filter donation programs by amount, one time/recurring, frequency etc.
  • Donor views their donation history
  • Donor saves/updates their payment profile

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs

  • A graph which displays:
    • Efficiency (number of children fed / cash inflow through donations) over time
    • Number of children registered in school over time
    • Number of new enrollments over time
  • Graph can be zoomed in or out by the Time axis to analyze impact by week, month and year
  • Graph can be filtered by school or region

Next Steps


  • Contact Akshayapatra & collect required data
  • Understand level of confidentiality required in publishing child profile
  • Begin with Design of web pages for use-cases below.
  • Identify technology/tools for implementation.

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs

  • Understand character and granularity(how detailed) of data available, so that Use-cases can be finalized.



Implementation Plan


Yet to begin.

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs:

Yet to begin.

Project Q&A

Tools to analyze/measure performance of mid-meal programs - Is this tool for internal organization use or for public forum ?




  • Muthahareera Yasmeena - muthaheera[AT]gmail[DOT]com [Primary Contact]
  • Ravi Nethi - nethiravi[AT]gmail[DOT]com
  • Anil Dutt Yemmanuru - anildatt[AT]gmail[DOT]com
  • Megha - mmyse96[AT]yahoo[DOT]com
  • Neha Garg - neha.garg1209[AT]gmail[DOT]com
  • Pranav Pai - pranavpai[at]codeforindia[dot]org