Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India. The organisation was established in 2000. Today, through the partnership with the Government of India ...
Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India. The organisation was established in 2000. Today, through the partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as philanthropic donors; the organisation runs the world’s largest mid-day meal programme. Built on a public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver a nutritious and hygienic school lunch.
It all started with Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, when he saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart-breaking incident, was born a determination that no child within a radius of ten miles from our centre should go hungry. The programme embraced the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger" The Akshaya Patra Foundation started the mid-day meal programme in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The initial days of implementation were not smooth sailing for the organisation. But soon came the helping hands of Mohandas Pai, who took the initiative of donating the first vehicle to transport food to the schools; The humble beginnings of the Foundation started with serving of the mid-day meals to 1500 children across five Government schools in Bengaluru. Akshaya Patra today feeds 1.4 million children every day across India. It is operational across 24 locations in 10 states of India and It follows the Centralised Kitchen format in 22 locations and De-centralised Kitchen format in 2 locations
The kitchen from the outside -a three-storey building which uses Gravity Flow Mechanism developed in-house by our team. Each kitchen has the capacity to cook between 50 000 to 100 000 mid-day meals per day. Costing approximately 9 crores to set up, they are built with funds from public donations.
The kitchen from the inside, consisting of rice cauldrons each of which cooks up to 110kg of rice in 20 minutes. Sambar cauldrons cook up to 1200 litres of sambar in two hours and It is washed thoroughly on the 2nd floor
Washed rice is sent down the chute to the 1st floor and later the Rice is poured down into steam heated cauldrons for cooking. The entire cooking process takes place on the 1st floor
Super heated steam is used to cook food instead of flame and When cooking is finished, it is loaded into trolleys
Cooked rice is sent down the chute to the ground floor and It flows down the pipe into containers
Piping hot rice on its way to being loaded into food vans. Around 6000 kilos of rice are cooked daily in each kitchen and Some Food materials in Kitchen.
Washed dal and vegetables flows down the chute into sambar cauldron on the 1st floor.
Sambar being cooked on the first floor and Cooked sambar is packed and sent to the food vans to be loaded.
Chapati dough is mixed Heavy rollers flatten the dough into thin sheets
Dough is cut into the classic round shape Making chapatti
Collecting all the chapattis and Transporting akshayapatra food through bus
Happy Kids who are benefited by Akshayapatra .
Akshaya Patra has been recipient of quite a few significant national and international awards. Some of the significant awards are as follows: Akshaya Patra is the first NGO to have got enlisted in the ICAI Hall of Fame and it is the third entry across all industries The Foundation is ranked 23rd among Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal in its 2013 edition. It is featured as one of the 8 game changers in the inaugural issue of Innowin- India’s first magazine dedicated to innovation.
Akshaya Patra’s work perfectly fits into achieving the UN Millenium Development Goals – eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women. The Institue of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) have awarded Akshaya Patra its Gold Medal for Financial Reporting 5 years in a row, thus entering its Hall Of Fame – only the third organization to achieve this, and the only NGO.