Surya Meets $75K Fund-Raising Goal for Akshaya Patra
December 1, 2015,
CALHOUN, Ga.-Through its most recent Miles for Meals campaign, Surya raised more money for the nonprofit Akshaya Patra than in any of its previous campaigns: $75,000. The company has raised a total of more than $215,000 for Akshaya Patra, one of the largest NGO-run school lunch programs, since 2012.
As a result of this most recent fundraising effort, 5,000 school children living in northern India—including children from the villages where more than 50,000 weavers and their families who work for Surya reside—will receive daily hot lunches for a year.
To help raise awareness and funds for Akshaya Patra and the Miles for Meals campaign, Surya employees participated in a number of events. Sixty employees engaged in a half marathon in early October in Atlanta. In addition, Surya employees across the company raised funds through creative initiatives, including a pancake breakfast, an international lunch, sale of handcrafted items, raffles and themed contests. A number of Surya customers also donated to the campaign, including members of Surya’s customer loyalty program—Surya Rewards—who donated their Surya Points earned in September to the campaign to feed an additional 335 children for a year.
“It is extremely gratifying, and humbling, to make it possible for so many children to not only receive access to daily nutritious meals but also reap the invaluable benefits of an education,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Hunger should never be a barrier to fulfilling one’s potential and Akshaya Patra continues to do an amazing job in helping to reduce poverty and improve the lives of children and their families throughout rural India. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone who has contributed to this important cause.”
“It takes so little to support a child who is hungry for an education and eager to make it in this world,” said Emily Rosenbaum, CEO of Akshaya Patra USA. “The annual Miles for Meals campaign continues to exceed expectations, bringing us ever closer to our goal of ending childhood hunger. We are truly thankful for Surya’s ongoing commitment to creating a brighter future for thousands of children and their families in India.”