Akshaya Patra meals for schools
May 13, 2015
NEW YORK: Akshaya Patra, at the request of the prime minister of India Narendra Modi, is participating in India’s efforts to provide emergency aid to Nepal, which has suffered two devastating earthquakes within the space of three weeks.
On April 29th, Akshaya Patra prepared 100,000 meals of pooris, chana, makhana, pickles, biscuits, and cakes for survivors of the earthquake. In addition, it has sent 220 pounds of shakkar pari, 882 pounds of roasted chickpeas, and 220 pounds of individually packed units of jaggery, and 4409 pounds of puffed rice.
The meals were prepared in Akshaya Patra’s mechanized kitchen facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and shipped in its meal distribution vehicles to Delhi. The meals were then air-lifted from Delhi to the relief site in Nepal.
Akshaya Patra, with the support of the TATA Foundation, is also building a field kitchen facility in Nepal to sustain emergency meal distribution efforts to victims who need help. The proposed kitchen will be able to produce 10,000 meals in each preparation cycle with a total daily capacity of 100,000 meals.
Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur kitchen is one of 22 mechanized kitchen facilities that provide daily school meals to more than 1.4 million children in government schools across India. Its founders used their own knowledge of engineering to design immense mechanized kitchen facilities capable of preparing meals for 100,000 children or more every day. Akshaya Patra’s custom chapatti machines can bake 60,000 chapattis per hour and easy-tilt cauldrons can produce 1,200 liters of rice or sambar in just two hours.
In 2012, Akshaya Patra prepared 50,000 meals for survivors of floods in the Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar areas of Rajasthan.