Prayag Raj (Uttar Pradesh): Akshaya Patra Foundation, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation, fed food and khichdi prasadam to around 20,000 pilgrims a day at the just-concluded Kumbh Mela-2019 here. This is for the first time that Akshaya Patra had camped at the mela.
Naveena Neerada Dasa, head of strategic communications and projects (Iskcon), told TOI that Akshaya Patra served meal at Sector-6 in the mela premises and donnas of khichdi at Sector-4, and the initiative was aimed at facilitating pilgrims with good-quality food.
The meal comprised roti, sabji, rice, dal and a sweet. “We follow a standard process which ensures hygiene and quality in preparing meal. Cooking equipment like cauldrons, trolleys, rice chutes and dal tanks, cutting boards and knives are sterilised in steam before being used. The vessels are made 304-grade stainless steel, considered best for cooking and handling food,” he explained.
They had deployed kitchen on wheel (KoW) in Sector-4 to provide khichdi prasadam to devotees. “The mobile kitchen has a storage capacity of 9-10 tonnes of food, and it contains a generator, water purifier and a room that accommodate six staff members. KoW has been designed to help people during calamities,” he said, adding each kitchen served an average of 10,000 people a day.
Source: The Times Of India Dated: March 07, 2019