Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2017 (Revised July 2017)

Akshaya Patra: Impact at Scale

by V. Kasturi Rangan and Sarah Appleby


Akshaya Patra, an Indian NGO, had set an ambitious goal of serving 5 million free meals daily to India's schoolchildren. Founded in 2000, Akshaya Patra had thus far opened 25 high-capacity kitchens in 10 different States to provide a midday meal to nearly 1.65 million school children every day. With 110 million children in 1 million schools eligible for a mandatory midday meal, there was room to grow. Shridhar Venkat, its CEO, had to devise a plan to get it there.

Keywords: social enterprise; scaling; Public-private partnership; operational excellence; nonprofit scaling; social impact; Social Enterprise; Growth and Development Strategy; Business and Government Relations; Performance Effectiveness; Nonprofit Organizations; India;


Rangan, V. Kasturi, and Sarah Appleby. "Akshaya Patra: Impact at Scale." Harvard Business School Case 517-028, February 2017. (Revised July 2017.)