Akshaya Patra Foundation supplies 1,6 million meals for rural scholars each day across India. To make feaseable this giant labour, the foundation counts with two different kitchen systems. Centralised kitchens which undertake large scale food production with a proper infrastructure, while the decentralised kitchens which work in a simple infrastructure and which are lead by local cooks (women).
These kitchens aim to:
- Avoid classroom hunger.
- Increase school enrolment.
- Increase school attendance.
- Improve socialisation among castes.
- Address malnutrition.
- Empower women through employment.
The organisation currently has its presence in 26 locations across 11 states in India. This not-for-profit organisation has been conferred as the world’s largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme. Get to know how the kitchens work!
This organisation feeds free mid-day meals to 1.6 million schoolchildren in 13,210 Government schools and Government-aided schools.
Centralised kitchens are units that cook up to 100,000 meals.
Rice cauldrons have a capacity of 500 litres and dal cauldrons of 1200 litres to 3000 litres.
Roti making machines roll out up to 200,000 rotis from 6,000 kgs of wheat flour.
The South Indian kitchens are equipped with rice cauldrons and sambar cauldrons. Everything locally organized responding to the local needs, resources and alimentary customs.
Because a meal nourishes and motivates kids towards their education goals.