The Akshaya Patra Foundation on Tuesday opened its 22nd midday meal kitchen in Cuttack.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the kitchen in the presence of Kusuma Foundation chairman General Surat Singh Sandhu, country leader Pankaj Vinayak Sharma and Akshaya Patra Foundation chairman Madhu Pandit Das.
According to a release, the kitchen is fully equipped with modern accessories to cook meals on a large-scale. The kitchen includes boilers, rice cleaning machines, cold storage, custom-made utensils and conveyor belts along with packing and distribution facilities.
The food will be transported to schools using custom-designed vehicles which are heat-insulated and dust-free to retain the freshness of meals. The 20 distribution vehicles will transport hot and nutritious meals from the centralised kitchen to 45,000 children in 190 schools every day. The kitchen has the capacity to prepare and distribute up to 1 lakh meals from 2015.
Everyday about 5.5 tons of rice, 3.5 tons of vegetable and 1.2 tonnes of dal will be cooked. This is the third centralised kitchen opened in Odisha, the release informed.