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Indian foundation helps fill minds by filling stomachs

Madhu Pandit Dasa, chairman of Akshaya Patra, visits a school in Bangalore at lunchtime.

NEW DELHI -- After doing her chores each morning, Akshita, a 14-year-old Indian girl, heads to the kitchen to check whether there is any curry left over from the previous night. Her father, a construction worker, and mother, who works at a sewing plant, together earn only 9,000 rupees ($135) a month. Often, the curry pot is empty.

"But I immediately remember the midday meal we have at school," Akshita said.

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