The Akshaya Patra NGO in Chhattisgarh started its operations in the state with its kitchen at Bhilai which began in January 2009. Today the mid day meal in Chhattisgarh is served through this kitchen reaching out to 23,674 children across 160 Government and Government aided schools in the state. In order to provide this food for education, the foundation has constructed a centralized kitchen unit in this location. This centralized kitchen is a large kitchen unit equipped with state-of-the-art machinery that allows for food to be cooked in large quantities in a very short amount of time. Due to the use of technology in the cooking process, there is limited human contact with the food which maintains proper quality and hygiene in the cooking procedure at all times. The kitchen is supported through contributions from the Central and State Government, corporates and through individuals who generously donate online to help eliminate classroom hunger in the state.
Food Safety Management Systems are in place in kitchen of this NGO in Chhattisgarh. To ensure that the mid day meal in Chhattisgarh is not just tasty, but also healthy to eat, the staff at the Bhilai kitchen follows hygiene practices such as wearing gloves, masks, gum boots and uniforms while they are on the premises. They also follow healthy personal hygiene practices such as regularly washing their hands and taking daily showers.
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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non profit organization in India, founded in the year 2000. The organization is operating in 10 states of India by serving mid day meal to the government and government aided school children every day.