Baba Gyani Triviani said:
"May the Akshaya Patra bowl of now be like the Akshaya Patra bowl of yore - Neverending, eternal..."
I had heard about the Akshaya Patra scheme. But had not really thought about the great deal of effort that goes on behind the scenes. Check out the fantastic processes that goes on under the hood of the Free Mid Day meals for children of Karnataka. If you would like to contribute, then please visit the Akshaya Patra website to feed a child
The following is from a mail that I got - I thought I should share with the world, the kind of sophistication that is behind the efficient Akshaya Patra.
The kitchen from the outside - a 3 storey building which uses Gravity Flow Mechanism developed in-house by our team. Each kitchen has the capacity to cook between 50,000 to 1,00,000 mid-day meals per day. Costing approximately 9Cr to set up, they are built with funds from public donations.
The kitchen from the inside,consisting of rice cauldrons each of which cooks up to 110kg of rice in 20 minutes. Sambar cauldrons cook up to 1200 lt of sambar in two hours.
It is washed thoroughly on the 2nd floor
Washed rice is sent down the chute to the 1st floor
Rice pours down into steam heated cauldrons for cooking. The entire cooking process takes place on the 1st floor
Super heated steam is used to cook food instead of flame.
When cooking is finished, it is loaded into trolleys
Cooked rice is sent down the chute to the ground floor
It flows down the pipe into containers
Piping hot rice on its way to being loaded into food vans. Around 6000 kilosof rice are cooked daily in each kitchen.
Food materials in Kitchen
Stock in the kitchen
Washed dal and vegetables flows down the chute into sambar cauldron on the 1st floor.
Vegetables and dal ready to be cooked
Sambar being cooked on the first floor
Cooked sambar is packed and sent to the food vans to be loaded.
Chapati dough is mixed
Heavy rollers flatten the dough into thin sheets
Dough is cut into the classic round shape
Collecting all the chapattis
Transporting akshayapatra food through bus
Students benifited from akshayapatra
In conclusion, I would like to once again appeal to you to consider contributing at least Rs. 525 that can feed a child for A YEAR! It's a one time pizza for us