VK Hill and Hubli kitchens bag CII National Food Safety Awards 2014!

 

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Akshaya Patra’s Hubli and Vasanthapura(VK Hill) kitchens have been awarded the coveted CII National Award for Food Safety – 2014! The awards were presented at the 9th Food Safety and Quality Summit held in New Delhi on December 2nd, 2014.

The VK Hill kitchen received the highest position of Outstanding Performance in Food Safety, and the Hubli kitchen received the award for the 2nd highest position of Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety.

The award was conferred to Akshaya Patra by K. Chandramouli, Chairman, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. Also present on the occasion were Mayank Jalan, Co-Chairman, Food Processing Committee and Chairman and Managing Director, Keventer Agro Limited and Kevin D. Gallagher, FAO India representative. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Muralidhar Pundla, Yagneshwara Dasa, Suresh Kumar, Arun Kumar and Prashanth MB.

The CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Award for Food Safety was introduced in 2010, and now includes social and improvement undertakings, and goes beyond good manufacturing practices and management of food safety systems. Large, medium, small and micro sized food manufacturing units, hotels, restaurants and retail outfits dealing with food products are eligible to compete for this award.

The award highlights role models and identifies the ‘Best in Class’ in the manufacturing and food service organisations of India. It provides such organisations a platform for national recognition, and also allows participants to assimilate benchmark practices for future development.

Speaking on the occasion, Muralidhar Pundla, Director – Quality at Akshaya Patra said, “Quality is of paramount importance at Akshaya Patra. It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award from CII and that too, two awards in a single year. We at Akshaya Patra at the same time would like to keep our focus on Continual Improvement Programs to further strengthen our systems and processes to make sure that we can serve more children meals that they can relish every day.”

The kitchens were assessed based on approximately 500 indicators, divided over four categories. The criteria of evaluation ranged over topics like organisation efforts towards change management, compliance to statutory and regulatory requirements, commitment to the effective maintenance of Food Safety Management Systems, and use of Good Manufacturing Practices, amongst others.

In 2013, the Akshaya Patra Bellary kitchen received the CII National Award for Food Safety ‘for its holistic approach in establishing, running and managing efficiently the Food Safety and Quality Systems.’

 

 

 

First mega kitchen of Indian charitable trust

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10 years ago, who knew that the humble kitchen of Hubli that was providing mid-day meals to 4,000 children will grow to become a mega kitchen? The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an Indian Charitable Trust, has been implementing the mid-day meal programme since 2000. The charity’s Hubli kitchen was established in 2004 and was one of the first kitchens of the Foundation. Initially, it was serving mid-day meals to 4,000 children and gradually the kitchen was providing for 80,000 children.
Working in partnership, the Government of Karnataka allotted a bigger plot in the outskirts of Hubli to cater to the increasing number of beneficiaries. The new facility is equipped with advanced technological mechanisms and has become the first mega and model kitchen of this Indian Charitable Trust. This kitchen is an example of the joint effort of professional architects, devotees and engineering students. The Hubli kitchen is an ISO 22000:2005 certified centralised facility. Currently the Hubli kitchen provides mid-day meals to over 126,000 children every day covering around 789 Government schools.
The Akshaya Patra Blog titled Hubli Kitchen: From Traditional to Contemporary will give you a detailed account of this Indian Charitable Trust’s kitchen.

Launching Feed by ‘Like’ Campaign

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is launching an online campaign?Feed by ‘Like’ on 11th November, 2014. When one likes Akshaya Patra’s Facebook page, a donor contributes a meal to a child. With all the fans participating, it is quite a lot of meals for children hungry in school. That is the idea of the impact this campaign should have. This campaign aims to increase its Facebook reach further by increasing fan base.

Besides increasing the fan base of Facebook, the campaign?Feed by ‘Like‘ should also increase lead generation and brand awareness through Facebook and all the other online channels implemented. Getting support through sponsors and increase interaction and engagement are also the prospective outcomes.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that implements mid-day meal programme in over 10,000 Government and Government aided school across India. The kitchens of Akshaya Patra are spread over 23 locations across 10 States in India, reaching 1.4 million children with a hearty meal every school day. The organisation works in public-private partnership with the Government of India and several State Governments in the country. The organisation aims to reach 5 million children by 2020 and is continuously working to accomplish it.
Spread the word to feed the children by liking our page: http://goo.gl/eoZtcS

Akshaya Patra, a charitable trust in India

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When one surfs the internet he finds a number of charitable trusts in India alone. Of the many trusts some are involved in providing mid-day meal in India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charitable trust in India implementing the mid-day meal programme. This charitable trust in India has been functional since June 2000. In its journey of 14 years, it has served mid-day meal to 1.4 million children across more than 10, 600 Government schools in India. Akshaya Patra is present in 23 locations across states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
This charitable trust in India functions in Public-Private Partnership model. It receives grants and subsidies from the Central Government and various State Governments. The Foundation is also eligible to raise funds in the form of donations to sustain and expand the programme in other locations of India. Apart from the primary cause of providingmid-day meal in India, this charitable trust in India is also engaged in other initiatives as mentioned below:
Other feeding initiatives of Akshaya Patra:

a) Anganwadi feeding
b) Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
c) Feeding in special schools
d) Subsidised lunch for the economically backward
e) Feeding runaway children
f) Feeding in old-age homes
g) Feeding the homeless
h) Disaster relief

Social initiatives of Akshaya Patra:
a) After-class tuitions
b) Life skills programme
c) Community health camps
d) Scholarship programmes
e) Health check-up camps

In order to evaluate the progress of the mid-day meal programme in impacting the lives of the underserved children,Akshaya Patra has conducted many impact studies. The summary of the studies can be availed at Impact Study. These studies evaluated the extent to which this charitable trust in India has been successful in achieving the six main objectives of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme as mentioned below:

o Eliminating classroom hunger
o Increasing school enrolment
o Increasing school attendance
o Improving socialisation among communities
o Addressing malnutrition, and
o Women empowerment
Everyone has their own reason to donate to charity in India or elsewhere. The reasons mainly depend upon the individual’s interest and potential of a particular cause. Over time, NGOs have evolved many innovative ideas of fundraising. Fundraise with us and Fundraising ideas are two sections of Akshaya Patra that will provide a list of interesting activities that can be done to raise donations while creating awareness about the cause. In present times, one can choose either offline or online medium to donate to charity in India. Apart from choosing to donate to charity in India, one can also choose to contribute to the mid-day meal programme in India through their time and skill, i.e. through volunteering. Get involved will provide various volunteering options to choose from for the benefit of the children. Read millions of heart warming tales of the young beneficiaries at Stories of hope. Their stories may be different but what’s common is the determination to achieve their dreams.
Support a dream today!

THE WHAT AND WHY OF KANNADA RAJYOTSAVA

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How many of us in Karnataka have marked out November 1st on our holiday calendar, planning getaways and lazy breakfasts, secure in the knowledge that it’s a public holiday? We know what it is – It’s Kannada Rajyotsava! – And we know when it is, but do we know what it signifies?

Here’s a quick look at what Kannada Rajyotsava is all about.

November 1st is Kannada Rajyotsava, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speakin

How many of us in Karnataka have marked out November 1st on our holiday calendar, planning getaways and lazy breakfasts, secure in the knowledge that it’s a public holiday? We know what it is – It’s Kannada Rajyotsava! – And we know when it is, but do we know what it signifies?

Here’s a quick look at what Kannada Rajyotsava is all about.

November 1st is Kannada Rajyotsa

How many of us in Karnataka have marked out November 1st on our holiday calendar, planning getaways and lazy breakfasts, secure in the knowledge that it’s a public holiday? We know what it is – It’s Kannada Rajyotsava! – And we know when it is, but do we know what it signifies?

Here’s a quick look at what Kannada Rajyotsava is all about.

November 1st is Kannada Rajyotsava, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speaking areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November, 1973.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated very enthusiastically all over the state. The state is dotted with Red and Yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of this day is that it is enjoyed with as much excitement across age groups, religion, gender and income, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.

Local citizens also get to honour the good samaritans of society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava awards on people who have contributed in a noteworthy way to the development of the state.

Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work to its continued development. This can be done in many ways according to your individual capabilities.

For The Akshaya Patra Foundation it was by providing a means to solve classroom hunger in the state. Today, across six kitchens in the state (at H.K. Hill Bangalore; Vasanthapura, Bangalore; Bellary; Hubli; Mangalore and Mysore) we reach out to 463,682 children in 2,629 Government and Government-aided schools every day. While we supply food for education to these children from our highly specialised, centralised kitchens, we know there are thousands more in need of our help.

But we wouldn’t have made it this far in Karnataka without the support of our donors and corporates, but most importantly the Government of Karnataka. For us Kannada Rajyotsava is not just a public holiday, it’s a time to honour this state, the birthplace of our Foundation.

va, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speaking areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November, 1973.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated very enthusiastically all over the state. The state is dotted with Red and Yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of this day is that it is enjoyed with as much excitement across age groups, religion, gender and income, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.

Local citizens also get to honour the good samaritans of society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava awards on people who have contributed in a noteworthy way to the development of the state.

Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work to its continued development. This can be done in many ways according to your individual capabilities.

For The Akshaya Patra Foundation it was by providing a means to solve classroom hunger in the state. Today, across six kitchens in the state (at H.K. Hill Bangalore; Vasanthapura, Bangalore; Bellary; Hubli; Mangalore and Mysore) we reach out to 463,682 children in 2,629 Government and Government-aided schools every day. While we supply food for education to these children from our highly specialised, centralised kitchens, we know there are thousands more in need of our help.

But we wouldn’t have made it this far in Karnataka without the support of our donors and corporates, but most importantly the Government of Karnataka. For us Kannada Rajyotsava is not just a public holiday, it’s a time to honour this state, the birthplace of our Foundation.

g areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November, 1973.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated very enthusiastically all over the state. The state is dotted with Red and Yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of

How many of us in Karnataka have marked out November 1st on our holiday calendar, planning getaways and lazy breakfasts, secure in the knowledge that it’s a public holiday? We know what it is – It’s Kannada Rajyotsava! – And we know when it is, but do we know what it signifies?

Here’s a quick look at what Kannada Rajyotsava is all about.

November 1st is Kannada Rajyotsava, the day that the state of Karnataka was formed. On this day, in 1956 all the Kannada speaking areas of South India were merged into a new state. The state was initially called Mysore, but this was considered too reminiscent of the old princely regiment, and the name was changed to Karnataka on 1st November, 1973.

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated very enthusiastically all over the state. The state is dotted with Red and Yellow as the Karnataka flag is hoisted at important locations, and the state anthem is sung. The beauty of this day is that it is enjoyed with as much excitement across age groups, religion, gender and income, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.

Local citizens also get to honour the good samaritans of society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava awards on people who have contributed in a noteworthy way to the development of the state.

Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work to its continued development. This can be done in many ways according to your individual capabilities.

For The Akshaya Patra Foundation it was by providing a means to solve classroom hunger in the state. Today, across six kitchens in the state (at H.K. Hill Bangalore; Vasanthapura, Bangalore; Bellary; Hubli; Mangalore and Mysore) we reach out to 463,682 children in 2,629 Government and Government-aided schools every day. While we supply food for education to these children from our highly specialised, centralised kitchens, we know there are thousands more in need of our help.

But we wouldn’t have made it this far in Karnataka without the support of our donors and corporates, but most importantly the Government of Karnataka. For us Kannada Rajyotsava is not just a public holiday, it’s a time to honour this state, the birthplace of our Foundation.

this day is that it is enjoyed with as much excitement across age groups, religion, gender and income, making it a truly wholesome and inclusive celebration.

Local citizens also get to honour the good samaritans of society as the State Government bestows the Rajyotsava awards on people who have contributed in a noteworthy way to the development of the state.

Kannada Rajyotsava is really a day to pay tribute to the state of Karnataka, celebrate its progress and work to its continued development. This can be done in many ways according to your individual capabilities.

For The Akshaya Patra Foundation it was by providing a means to solve classroom hunger in the state. Today, across six kitchens in the state (at H.K. Hill Bangalore; Vasanthapura, Bangalore; Bellary; Hubli; Mangalore and Mysore) we reach out to 463,682 children in 2,629 Government and Government-aided schools every day. While we supply food for education to these children from our highly specialised, centralised kitchens, we know there are thousands more in need of our help.

But we wouldn’t have made it this far in Karnataka without the support of our donors and corporates, but most importantly the Government of Karnataka. For us Kannada Rajyotsava is not just a public holiday, it’s a time to honour this state, the birthplace of our Foundation.

Akshaya Patra gets award for excellence in financial reporting

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Madu Pandit Dasa (left), Chairman, Akshaya Patra, and Chanchalapati Dasa, Vice-Chairman, Akshaya Patra, displaying the award.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been awarded the Gold Shield and Hall of Fame by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the year 2012-13.

The foundation has been awarded under the Category XI Not-for-Profit Sector.

Manish Tiwari, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, and Justice G.S. Sistani, Judge, Delhi High Court, presented the award at a function held in New Delhi.

This is the fifth consecutive year Akshaya Patra has won the Gold Shield and is in the Hall of Fame now. Hall of Fame is awarded to an entity who has been a winner of Gold Shield for five consecutive years under the same category.

Since inception (1958) of this award, only two organisations have won the Hall of Fame and in the Not-for-Profit sector, Akshaya Patra is the first NGO to receive the Hall of Fame.

Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said: “The Governance philosophy of Akshaya Patra Foundation refers to a set of regulations and good practices that enabled us to maintain transparency, accountability and create value for all our stakeholders. We had and we will continue to adhere to the world-class accounting standards and norms.”

Akshaya Patra receives Rs 55 cr from Tata Trust

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Akshaya Patra and Jamsetji Tata Trust

The has received a grant of Rs 55 crore over a period of five years from the Jamsetji Tata Trust.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Akshaya Patra and Jamsetji Tata Trust.

The initiative will focus on providing support to and upgrade existing kitchens, acquisition of logistic equipment, including vehicles, reducing cooking to consumption time, mounting ‘green initiatives’, enhancing food safety measures and achieving process efficiencies.

In a public-private partnership with the Government of India, Akshaya Patra serves over 1.3 million children in nine states, across 19 locations in India regularly with a mission to serve five million children by 2020.

The kitchen facility (the centralised-model kitchen) can provide meals ranging from 50,000 – 150,000 meals per day.

Akshaya Patra also has a de-centralised kitchen model to reach remote areas.

“The mission of Akshaya Patra is to reach 5 million children by 2020. This initiative will empower us to take a few steps towards our goal. We are grateful to the for having seen value in associating with our programme,” said Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation.

The Jamsetji Tata Trust is one of the oldest philanthropic institutions in India and has played a role in changing traditional ideas of charity.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation a secular non-profit organization is in a public-private partnership with the Indian government, which implements the world’s largest managed mid-day meal programme. Akshaya Patra feeds about 1.3 million children on all school working days.