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Surya employees run Miles for Meals to feed children

CALHOUN, Ga. — Surya employees ran in the Allstate Atlanta 13.1 Half Marathon Sunday to raise funds for Akshaya Patra, one of the world's largest NGO-run school lunch programs.

 Surya employees ran a half-marathon in Atlanta Sunday to raise funds for Ashkaya Patra, a program to provide meals to schoolchildren in rural India.Surya employees ran a half-marathon in Atlanta Sunday to raise funds for Ashkaya Patra, a program to provide meals to schoolchildren in rural India.

The rug and home accessory manufacturer has raised more than $38,000 this year through its Miles for Meals initiative for Akshaya Patra, which serves a nutritious lunch each day to more than 1.3 million children in rural India. The program helps reduce hunger and malnutrition, and also provides an incentive for children to attend school.

In 2012 Satya Tiwari, Surya's president, who grew up in a small village in northeastern India, saw the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children and their families and donated $250,000 on behalf of Surya to Akshaya Patra.

The Miles for Meals program was launched soon thereafter to help raise additional funds for the organization via participation in a half marathon event. In 2012, 15 Surya employees raised $29,000 to feed more than 1,900 children for the coming year, and raised the fundraising goal of $35,000 this year - which they've topped by more than $3,000 to date, feeding more than 2,500 children.

"Hunger should never be a barrier to education," said Tiwari. "I extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every person who has contributed their time and money to benefit this important cause. Together, we are able to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and the communities in which they live, one meal at a time."

In response to the strong outpouring of support for Miles for Meals, Surya increased this year's fundraising goal to $40,000 and will continue to accept donations through the end of October.

More information about the work of Akshaya Patra and the Miles for Meals program is available online at http://www.razoo.com/story/Surya2013.

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