Friday, 25 April 2014

Akshaya Patra serves up a solution to poverty and hunger

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is known all over India, and several parts of the world for the exceptional work they are doing in helping to alleviate child hunger in India. This NGO which started its operations in Bangalore, Karnataka now feeds over 1.3 million children a day through its mid-day meal programme.

This children charity in Bangalore aims to provide ‘Food for Education’ to achieve their vision that no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger. The charity in Karnataka has 6 kitchens across the state. Aside from those at Bellary, Hubli, Mangalore and Mysore, the NGO for children education in Bangalore has two kitchens in this city.

This charity in Karnataka caters to a total of 460,046 children across 2,627 government schools across the state. All the six kitchens of this children charity in Bangalore are centralized kitchens. Centralised kitchens are highly mechanised and able to produce food on a large scale. Because of the highly mechanised nature of the cooking, this NGO for children education in Bangalore produces food of high quality and hygiene levels, by reducing the human contact with the food.

The charity in Karnataka opened its first Akshaya Patra kitchen at H.K Hill, Bangalore, capable of feeding 1,500 children. Today this children charity in Bangalore has 22 kitchens across the country catering to 10,631 government schools every working day. The NGO for children education in Bangalore just opened up its most recent two kitchens, one at Rourkela, Orissa and the other at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Out of the six kitchens run by this charity in Karnataka, four of them are ISO 22000:2005 certified, while the remaining two are in the process of certification. Overall 11 kitchens of 22 from this children charity in Bangalore are ISO 22000:2005 certified. This NGO for children education in Bangalore also pays heed to the environment. Several Akshaya Patra kitchens including the Hubli kitchen have undertaken green initiatives like setting up Green kitchen gardens, constructing effluent treatment plants, rain water harvesting and vermin composting.

By serving tasty, nutritious mid-day meals to government schools, this charity in Karnataka hopes to reach out to many more children each year to eventually rid the country of hunger. Till then, this children charity in Bangalore aims to fulfil their mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020. This mid-day meal programme run by the NGO for children education in Bangalore has not just succeeded in providing nutrition to many; it has also acted as an incentive to bring children back to school.  The mid-day meal programme run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation has found to have had positive impacts like increasing enrolment, attendance, concentration and socialisation, while reducing school dropout rates.

The progress Akshaya Patra has made in its endeavour to reduce hunger is commendable indeed. If you would like to get involved with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, donate or volunteer, and make a child’s world a little brighter.

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