Akshaya Patra Hubli began operations in July 2004 and currently feeds over 125,000 children across 789 schools nutritious food on every school day. Started by the Indian charitable trust The Akshaya Patra Foundation, this kitchen is one of the providers of the mid day meal programme in Karnataka. Akshaya Patra through its kitchens set up in 24 locations across 10 states of India currently serves over 1.4 million children across 10,770 Government and Government aided schools across the country. The Foundation was started in the year 2000 and over the past 15 years has grown to be globally known for the scale and sustainability of its feeding programme.
This Indian charitable trust follows two kitchen models to implement its programme – the centralised and decentralised models. 22 of the Foundation’s kitchens follow the centralised model. These are large scale, technologically advanced units that are fitted with the latest cooking technology to allow the Foundation to cook huge amounts of food in a very short time. Equipped with cauldrons with a capacity to cook hundreds of kilograms of rice and vegetable, and similarly large cauldrons to cook dal these kitchens are the epitome of efficiency. Akshaya Patra Hubli being a South Indian kitchen caters to the local palate. Therefore the items served at as part of the mid day meal programme in Karnataka include rice, rasam (south Indian soup), sambar (stew with lentils), dal (dried pulses curry) and delicious vegetable dishes.
The Indian charitable trust Akshaya Patra places a great deal of importance on hygiene and quality while implementing its mid day meal programme in Karnataka and throughout the rest of India. Therefore to achieve this, the Foundation implements improvement strategies like Six Sigma, Kaizen Thunder initiative, training sessions and frequent quality checks. So far 10 of the kitchens have been ISO 22000:2005 certified, including the Hubli Kitchen. This is an international standard for implementing Food Safety Management Systems, which the Foundation has found to be adhering to. The Foundation also maintains strict quality and hygiene even during its delivery process. Once the food is cooked, it is loaded into meal delivery vans to be sent to the beneficiary schools. Each van that the organisation uses throughout the country has been customised and fitted with a honeycomb structure that prevents food from spilling during transport. In addition to this the vans have a puffed body that is insulated to maintain the correct food temperature till delivery. This ensures that the food remains fresh and healthy to eat for the children. The Akshaya Patra Hubli kitchen has been equipped with 40 meal delivery vehicles to fulfil its programme.
In addition to this the kitchen, like many other Akshaya Patra kitchens, implements green initiatives like running a biogas plant, effluent treatment plant, undertaking rainwater harvesting and more.