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Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor headlines events in Bay Area that raise more than $100,000 for Akshaya Patra school meal program

Press Release


Contact: Krista McCarthy, Marketing Manager, 781-438-3090 x 7, Krista@apusa.org

STONEHAM, MA– More than 300 members of the Silicon Valley community attended a series of fundraising events with Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor from April 30th to May 3rd in 2017.

The events started with a Holi celebration dinner in San Jose, followed by a Google talk at Googleplex, Mountain View Campus.  Two live cooking demos and conversation events with Chef Kapoor at San Ramon and Monte Sereno at the private homes of Advisory Board members of the Bay Area Chapter.  These exclusive ticketed events kickstarted the 2017 fundraising year for Akshaya Patra Bay Area Volunteer Chapter. These events raised $100,000+ in tickets and auctions, and another couple of hundred thousand dollars in pledges which will be fulfilled during Bay Area’s Annual Benefit Gala in Palo Alto to be held on September 10th, 2017.

“With Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s successful marathon events, Akshaya Patra Bay Area has started a unique concept of personal and exclusive house parties with celebrities”, said Geetika Tewari, the Bay Area-based Vice President of Development at Akshaya Patra USA.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best-selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self-sufficient.  Sanjeev Kapoor was recognized with the 2017 Padma Shri Award for his contribution to Indian cuisine.

While speaking at one of the recent events, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor spoke about his association with Akshaya Patra, “Food is the most fulfilling medium for me to give back to the community as I have achieved a lot because of food”.  Chef Kapoor and his wife Alyona Kapoor are proud to support a credible and transparent organization like Akshaya Patra to benefit children and youth of India.

Established in 2000, Akshaya Patra began by serving 1,500 in 5 schools in Bangalore. Today Akshaya Patra is the largest NGO-run school meal programs in the world and serves over 1.6 million children daily in over 13,000 schools through 27 kitchens in eleven states in India.  Akshaya Patra USA is the US branch of Akshaya Patra and raises funds and awareness for the school meal program in India through Volunteer Chapters in cities across the US. The Bay Area Volunteer Chapter is one of Akshaya Patra USA’s oldest Chapter. 

Individuals interested in getting involved with the Bay Area Volunteer Chapter, can contact Geetika Tewari at Geetika@apusa.org or Geeta Kulkarni at Geeta@apusa.org.

For more information about Akshaya Patra or making donations in the USA for Akshaya Patra initiatives, please visit www.foodforeducation.org or email Emily@apusa.org.