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Visit to Akshaya Patra

What does it mean?
Akshaya Patra (Sanskrit: अक्षयपात्र) meaning “inexhaustible vessel”, is an object from the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It was a wonderful vessel given to Yudhishthira by Lord Surya which held a never-depleting supply of food to the Pandavas every day.

What is it?
An NGO with its headquarter in Bengaluru is called the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Through the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government- funded and government-run schools, their organization works to end classroom hunger. In addition, Akshaya Patra supports children who are from low socio- economic backgrounds in the pursuit of their right to an education and fights against malnutrition.

About its Fundings:
As a result of their collaboration with the Government of India and many State Governments, steadfast support from corporates and well-wishers, they have grown from serving just 1,500 students in 5 schools in 2000 to serving 1.9 million students today. Today, Akshaya Patra is the largest mid-day meal program in the world (managed by a non-profit organization), providing healthful meals to over 1.9 million students in 19,039 schools of 52 locations in 14 states and two union territories of India.

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How they work?
Presently they are having 1800 employees and volunteers who are working for them, starting from cutting the vegetables to delivering the food to several schools. They are working in a kitchen where they have the capacity of preparing 90,000 to 1,00,000 meals per day. The foundation is working in a satellite kitchen format.

As the main focus of the foundation is to feed children, they are making sure, that the child should have all the required protein and nutrition.

They make sure that the kitchen is cleaned with hot water to maintain hygiene before cooking the meal. After the food is prepared, they Pack the food according to the school’s requirements and delivery volunteers will deliver it to the schools.

How they work?
Presently they are having 1800 employees and volunteers who are working for them, starting from cutting the vegetables to delivering the food to several schools. They are working in a kitchen where they have the capacity of preparing 90,000 to 1,00,000 meals per day. The foundation is working in a satellite kitchen format.

As the main focus of the foundation is to feed children, they are making sure, that the child should have all the required protein and nutrition.

They make sure that the kitchen is cleaned with hot water to maintain hygiene before cooking the meal. After the food is prepared, they Pack the food according to the school’s requirements and delivery volunteers will deliver it to the schools.

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Growth of the Akshaya Patra Foundation:

“Cooked mid-day meal has to be supplied in all the Government and Government-aided elementary schools in all the states,” the Supreme Court of India ruled on November 28, 2001. Additionally, the Supreme Court requested testimony from Akshaya Patra.

Source: https://www.akshayapatra.org/about-us

Akshaya Patra had already reached 23,000 kids by the time the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Department of School Health and Education decided to sponsor the project in 2003.

As a consequence of its fruitful collaboration with the Government of India, several State Governments, and kind donors, Akshaya Patra now operates 62 kitchens in 14 states and 2 Union territories of India.

Source: Photography pictures by students