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Inside the Hubli Akshaya Patra Kitchen

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He heard two people speaking of Akshaya Patra at a bus stop one day, says Gopal Londe and grew curious about the Foundation. “They were talking about how there was good work here and the compensation was excellent. When I came to Hubli, I decided to find out more. I didn’t know this then, but it turned out one of my cousins was working here too. And that’s how I came to do my job,” he says. In the four years since he first started, says Gopal, he has worked on all three floors of Hubli’s massive infrastructure, often hailed as one of the largest kitchens in the world. Currently, he and his co-workers are responsible for rice cleaning on the 2nd floor.

Akshaya Patra’s third generation of kitchens, like the Hubli facility, harness the potential energy in gravity for the benefit of the cooking process in what has been termed ‘gravity flow mechanism’. Dal and rice stored in silos on the 3rd floor flows down through chutes to the 2nd floor to be cleaned before cooking. By the time their day is over, Gopal and his co-workers will have cleaned approximately 15 to 16 tonnes of rice, 3 to 3.5 tonnes of dal and 9 to 10 tonnes of vegetables. Masala preparation and vegetable cutting also takes place on this floor. From here, they must be sent to the 1st floor where the actual cooking takes place in steam heated cauldrons. Here too, the potential energy in gravity is harnessed.

When Gopal lifts a steel lid approximately 20 inches in diameter, he reveals how tonnes of rice, dal and vegetables find their way to the cauldrons below. The floor of the 2nd storey is lined with two neat rows of such lids. Each one covers a chute that leads directly to the cauldrons. One row is reserved specifically for the rice cauldrons the other set for the dal, vegetables and masala used to make sambar. An open passage connects the two floors, allowing staff to communicate and coordinate their efforts. As the cooking in each cauldron is completed, a signal from the 1st floor, given either verbally or through a walkie-talkie, alerts Gopal and his team upstairs to pour rice, dal or any other required ingredients down the chutes to corresponding cauldrons.

On the 1st floor, as each cauldron of rice has finished cooking, a team will be ready with trolleys into which the steaming rice is emptied. Then they take the rice to the large open chute that connects the 2nd floor to the ground floor. Each sambar cauldron has a connecting pipe flowing into a main duct that also leads to the ground floor.

A team of members, ready with the requirements for each school, carefully pack food into steel containers to meet the corresponding route supervisor’s request. Conveyor belts running the length of the packing area lead to the waiting food vans outside.

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Effluent Treatment Plant in Hubli

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An appealing garden graces the Hubli kitchen campus, adding a serene quality to the sleek modern architecture of the building. Immaculately maintained, it is a testament to Akshaya Patra's 'go green' efforts in Hubli, where
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‘A rupee a day’ to feed more children

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It is not about huge donations or big investments but a minimum help from all of us for somebody who needs it more, believed students of the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad. As part of the study programme the students were required to prepare a business plan and execute it. The goal of the project was to make a profit of minimum Rs. 1. For this project, students were divided into groups and each group came up with unique ideas on different ventures where they can earn a profit of at least one rupee a day. Every idea the group expressed was worth executing it and indeed profitable.

A rupee a day The students however did not stop at this, and extended the one rupee profit project to a social cause campaign by naming it as “A Rupee A Day” by which each student in the college contributed collectively a rupee a day, for a week, Also the campaign’s aim was to educate and endorse the importance of individual social responsibilities among future managers, End of one week they raised a sum of Rs. 5000 from 300 students and decided to hand it over to Akshaya Patra to feed more children.” ‘TAPF, with no self motive’ has unremittingly dedicated its efforts to serve a great purpose and we feel privileged to have been able to be a part of this wonderful mission.” Says Ravi Shah, one of the team members of the ‘A Rupee a Day’ team.

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Vice-Chairman to speak at TIDES Summit

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<p><img style="float: left; margin: 10px; border: 0px;" src="https://www.akshayapatra.org/sites/default/files/images/tides-2011-logo-beige.JPG" border="0" alt="TIDES" title="TIDES" /> The Vice-chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa will be one of the speakers at the <a href="http://tidescoimbatore.com/index.html">TIDES leadership summit</a> conducted
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