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Humans of Akshaya Patra – Vrindavan Kitchen

Humans of Akshaya Patra

When most of us are fast asleep in the wee hours of the morning, there are few places bustling with energy. Each day at the strike of 4 a.m., different groups of people at different locations prepped up with safety and hygiene gears enter into huge kitchen infrastructures. Why? To prepare ‘meals of hope’ for children studying in government schools! And, so we call them the ‘Humans of Akshaya Patra.’

Meet some of our passionate members from Vrindavan kitchen in Uttar Pradesh for whom the only aim is to benefit more and more children with freshly cooked, nutritious, and hygienic meals on every school day.

Humans of Akshaya Patra

Dharampal Singh, Kitchen Supervisor – Production Department

Since when have you been working in Akshaya Patra?
I am working in Akshaya Patra since 30 June 2009.

Why did you choose to join Akshaya Patra?

I always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. And, I knew Akshaya Patra would give me that opportunity. Hence, I chose to join Akshaya Patra.

What was life like before you joined Akshaya Patra?
Until I joined Akshaya Patra, I did not find peace and satisfaction in my job. But now life has changed totally and I feel blessed to be here in Vrindavan.

As a Kitchen Supervisor, what does your work encompass?
As a Kitchen Supervisor, my work encompasses taking case of the entire kitchen process and managing staff members. I ensure all kitchen staff mandatorily adhere to the personal hygiene standards and brief them on their respective responsibilities. I check the recipe summary sheet, raw material quality, monitor the cooking process, and taste food samples before delivery. I ensure that we always meet the ISO standards in our production process.

Why is it important that kitchen processes are in order and meals are cooked in a hygienic way?
Hygiene is an important factor, more so, when food is being cooked for school-going children. This food affects their personal growth and career development. Children are the future of our country, and we always keep their health and safety in mind while cooking food for them.

How has your life changed after joining Akshaya Patra?
My life has changed for the better after joining Akshaya Patra. It feels like a family as if all the employees here are threaded together with the idea of providing the best quality food to children punctually on every school day.
What makes working with Akshaya Patra special?

It’s a great environment to work here. Sometimes it gets hectic, but when the food gets prepared and distributed to children I feel so proud. Each day ends with the satisfaction that I was able to serve the children. I want to continuing working for children through Akshaya Patra, for the rest of my life.

Humans of Akshaya Patra

Tulsiram, Driver

Since when have you been working in Akshaya Patra?
I have been working in Akshaya Patra since last 9 years.

What was life like before you joined Akshaya Patra?

Prior to joining Akshaya Patra, I faced lot of difficult conditions and life wasn’t really great.

Describe your typical day as a driver.

The days for me are quite difficult and hectic as a driver because the roads connecting the schools are not good. The schools are very far from Akshaya Patra kitchen. But, we make to reach on time and deliver the nutritious meals to school children. Despite the hurdles faced, it fills me with a sense of positivity that I was able to deliver the meals to children.

Any specific problem you face while on your way to deliver meals.

Mostly during rainy season, the roads get damaged. And, this poses a big challenge for us when we are out for delivering meals.

Why is it important that food reaches children on time?

Food is essential for mental and physical development of children. It is also vital in helping children to pay attention in class. Hence, I feel it is very important that children receive their lunch on time. It will improve their learning thereby benefiting them and the country also.

How has your life changed after joining Akshaya Patra?

After joining Akshaya Patra I have seen a remarkable change in my life. And, most important of all, now

I know the value of time!

What makes working with Akshaya Patra special?

Alongside improving my life and routine, Akshaya Patra’s job gives me a sense of peace, satisfaction, and pride.

Well, behind every great show, there are behind-the-scenes contributors. And, at Akshaya Patra, those contributors are our very own kitchen staff. Watch out this space to meet our passionate members from across all locations of Akshaya Patra.

We would love to hear from you, so please use the below comment section to share your thoughts and feedback.


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Food and Education

National Nutrition Week – Part 2

National nutrition week

The National Nutrition Week is observed in India from 1 September to 7 September each year. It is a theme-based observation with the 2018 theme being ‘Go Further with Food’. The National Nutrition Week is observed with the objective to spread awareness regarding the importance of nutrition in proper growth and development of people.

Fruits, vegetables, pulses, and cereals are natural source of nutrition and benefit human health in several ways. As part of the National Nutrition Week, today we will explore the nutritional value and health benefits of three fruits: Apple, Banana, and Orange.


Does the phrase ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ sound familiar to you? The crunch and juicy fruit, apple, is a rich source of Vitamin C, dietary fibre, antioxidants and flavanoids. It can be relished raw, as a drink, and also can be used in various recipes such as pies.

Health benefits:
• Vitamin C blocks damages that can be caused by free radicals thereby increasing resistance against infections and diseases.
• B-complex vitamins helps to maintain red blood cells and promotes neurological health.
• The high fibre content in apple helps in moderating blood sugar levels and is beneficial for colon health.
• The various antioxidants and phytonutrients present in apple contribute to good heart health and reduces the risk of hypertension, diabetes and cancer.


The humble yellow fruit is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. Bananas are rich source of fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, including various antioxidants and phytonutrients. Just peel and eat, or turn it into a milkshake, or use it for baked dishes such as a banana cake, bananas will benefit you tremendously.

Health benefits:
• The rich potassium content in bananas help to maintain fluid levels in the body thereby regulating the movement of nutrients and promoting digestion. It helps in muscle contraction, cell response, regulates blood pressure, and reduces the risk of kidney stones.
• High fibre content promotes colon health.
• Dopamine from bananas act as potent antioxidant and promotes healthy nervous system.


The bright orange fruit, orange is a storehouse of nutrients. An orange contains more than 60 flavanoids and 170 different types of phytochemicals which have been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can either be eaten whole, or in the form of juice and can also be used to add flavour in many dishes too.

Health benefits:
• Consumption of orange may lower the risk of ischemic stroke among women.
• An excellent source of Vitamin C, oranges obstruct formation of free radicals thereby preventing cancer and various skin diseases.
• Oranges support heart health due its Vitamin C, potassium, fibre, and choline content.
• The rich nutrients in orange boosts the immune system, promotes learning and memory, muscle movement and also helps to maintain a healthy nervous system.

The table below indicates that along with providing macro-nutrients, the mentioned fruits are also good sources of micro-nutrients:


Akshaya Patra’s contribution in nourishing children

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a mid-day meal NGO in India. It has been in the service of children since 2000. To improve the nutritional status of children, the NGO has designed its meal menu in a way to provide adequate nutrition to each child to promote health and support education. Currently, Akshaya Patra has a beneficiary base of more than 1.76 million school children across 12 states of the country. The Akshaya Patra meals are rich in natural nutrients of vegetables, pulses, and fruits. And, the result of it can be seen the impact studies done on Akshaya Patra.


As a wrap, Akshaya Patra is striving to provide nutritious meals to more and more children with the objective to provide a strong foundation for the nation’s human resource. Support National Nutrition Week by choosing to donate to end hunger. your donation will be used to provide healthy and wholesome meals to children across India.

Part 1: Nutritional and medicinal values of vegetables

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