Food and Education

Loading food for nearly 780 schools in Hubli


It would be natural to assume that after all the freshly cooked food has been packed into steel containers most of the work in the kitchen is done. But as Mallesh H.K., Loading Supervisor explains, this is not the case. Our Hubli facility has 35 food vans travelling on specific routes around the Hubli-Dharwad region, each one distributing food to an average 22 schools per route. Determining the number of containers and amount of food that each school along a route needs, is one of the challenges Mallesh must address everyday. The containers need to be packed to optimise time spent at every stop, because with so many schools to be covered, each van has little time to waste when they arrive at the schools.

Mallesh underwent one week of training which included on route travel as well as kitchen work and then worked for a year on routes before becoming a loading supervisor.

“Our route supervisors collect information from every school about how much food we should deliver for the next day, based on approximately how many children will be attending. They fill in a form which contains all the schools in the route and the projected number of containers of food each school needs. This is then consolidated into a separate sheet for all routes,” he says pointing to a sheet which contains details such as the number of schools per route, the total quantity of rice, sambar, curd or sweet that is required (depending on the menu for the day).

Written in the rows of a consolidated tracking sheet are the names of each route around the Hubli-Dharwad region. Its columns represent the quantity and type of food. “If there is 25 written in the column headed 50% under ‘Rice/Palav‘ on a row containing the name ‘Mugad’, we’ll know that for the Mugad route in the Hubli-Dharwad area, a food van must have a total of 25 steel containers packed only to 50% capacity of rice or palav,” he explains. The containers come in large, small and medium sizes, he adds and all of them will have been labeled the previous evening with a corresponding route name and required quantity.

The loading and distribution processes have been perfected over time, says Yagneswar Das, who heads the entire operations of the facility. They recently optimised the number of routes needed to cover all schools, bringing it down from 38 to 35. “We all got together and decided to make it more efficient,” he says. “The route optimisation was done by us, in-house,” he says. We use optimisation techniques not just in distribution, but also in the actual cooking processes to reduce costs. Akshaya Patra’s all India cost for one meal is just Rs. 6. Today, for every rupee donated to the Foundation, 9 paisa is spent on administrative costs.

Mallesh and his team work diligently everyday, adhering to a strict schedule to ensure food vans leave on time. When their day is over, they will have loaded a total of 5000 containers into all 35 vans.

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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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Best ‘bhagidari’ award by Delhi Government

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Akshaya Patra was recognized as the best ‘Bhagidari’ [Partnership effort] under social development by the Government of Delhi. Akshaya Patra was selected among 14 non-governmental organizations to participate in the two-day annual Bhagidari Mela hosted by the Government of Delhi on 9th and 10th April 2011 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This event also witnessed the participation of 45 departments of Delhi government and several resident welfare associations (RWA).

Mela was inaugurated by the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday 9th April. The inaugural ceremony had vibrant performances in the form of street plays (nukkad nataks), folk performances, magic shows and performance by local music bands. Interactive stalls were put up by various government departments such as Delhi Jal board, departments of education, environment, police, women welfare, mission convergence, aap ki rasoi, ladli, disaster management and many others. Akshaya Patra which has partnered with the Government of Delhi to run Aap ki Rasoi programme was invited to have its stall in the mela to promote the scheme. The Delhi Government, through this mela intends to spread awareness about several projects which contribute towards the development of the state.

On the 10th April, Akshaya Patra received a certificate of recognition and momento for being the best ‘Bhagidari’ under social development by Delhi CM for the implementation of Aap Ki rasoi programme in an efficient manner.

As of now, Akshaya Patra, under the banner of Aap ki Rasoi is feeding nearly 1300 homeless and underprivileged people across five locations in Delhi. Akshaya Patra is thankful to all the visitors of the mela and its proud partners ITC Maurya and Taj group for their support.

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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="" 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="">TIDES leadership summit</a> conducted
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