At The Akshaya Patra Foundation, we envision an India where ‘No child shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. With a belief that feeding the hungry is a social responsibility, we ensure that no matter what, children get access to hot and nutritious food every day. We work on a Private Public Partnership (PPP) model with the Government of India and our corporate donors to have a cascading effect on the nation’s progress towards Zero Hunger.
Akshaya Patra’s kitchens are dubbed as the world’s largest kitchens preparing midday meals for more than 1.8 million children across the country. With its 59 centralised and 2 decentralised kitchens, the Foundation’s service towards the mid-day meal programme is well-known.
These kitchens use gravity’s potential energy for the cooking process, a method known as the ‘gravity-flow mechanism’. They are the country’s most advanced centralised kitchens, with over lakhs of meals cooked in less than 5 hours every day for children in government and government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra kitchens are noted for their efficiency and effectiveness, thanks to the use of innovative technology. Every morning, operations begin at 4 am, and hot meals are ready to be served by 8am. The centralised cooking facilities are planned and developed to ensure the highest level of quality while reducing cost, time, and labour.
Every school day, a specialised fleet of cutting-edge food delivery vans navigate kilometres to ensure that students get their much-needed lunch on time. The Akshaya Patra Foundation has customised its delivery vehicles with insulated bodies and honeycomb constructed racks to carry containers. This ensures that hot and fresh food reaches schools, with no spillage during transportation, every day. The specially built vehicle is dust-free, insulated to preserve the ideal temperature of 65℃ approximately, and aids in the preservation of the meals’ freshness.
All the kitchen employees of Akshaya Patra put in all of their hard work to ensure that children receive hot and nutritious food during their lunchtime. The kitchens start whirring early in the morning as there is a humungous task of feeding 1.8 million children every day.