Jagriti Yatra visits Akshaya Patra, Visakhapatnam

VISAKHAPATNAM, Dec. 31, 2018:  Jagriti Yatra, an initiative that takes volunteers on a 15-day entrepreneurial guidance tour across India, visited Visakhapatnam on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The 500 volunteers who enrolled for this year’s yatra were then taken to the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s centralized kitchen for an interactive session.

The yatra focuses on exposing successful and unique business models to the youth. As part of the Visakhapatnam leg of the event, the volunteers were given a briefing on the working model of Akshaya Patra Foundation.

The yatra, which began in Mumbai on December 24, will cover various places in the country before finishing its journey in Mumbai on January 8.

The Jagriti Yatra delegates had an Interactive Question Answer session with His Grace Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh and later interacted with Dr Niskinchana Bhakta Dasa, Unit President of Akshaya Patra, Visakhapatnam.

The young delegates from different educational backgrounds saw the functioning of the kitchen — right from purchase of vegetables and ingredients to cooking and distribution of the meal to the target audience.

Jagriti Yatra attracts 17,000 registrations every year of which 500 of the best are selected for the journey. Since the first Yatra in 2008, over 300 new enterprises have been set up within the Yatra fraternity and many more are being developed. This year they have selected 11 locations to meet with and learn from exceptional change-makers who are transforming India such as The Akshaya Patra Foundation (Visakhapatnam), Aravind Eye care (Madurai), Narayana Murthy (Infosys), Royal Enfield (Chennai), SELCO (Hubli-Dharwad) and others. This unique Indian experiment is now being replicated in USA and France. 

In Visakhapatnam, their primary agenda was to visit Akshaya Patra kitchen which is running the world’s largest school meal program. Each school day, more than a million children in 13,529 schools across 12 Indian states eagerly await the vehicle that brings their mid-day meal. For many of them, the food provided by The Akshaya Patra Foundation is their first and perhaps only, meal of the day. Akshaya Patra is feeding around 17 lakh children every day across 12 different states of India. In Visakhapatnam, their centralized semi-automated kitchen prepares and distributes food to 25,000 beneficiaries daily.