CII Food Safety Awards airing on Zee Business

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CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) held the Awards Ceremony of National Awards for Food Safety 2014 as part of the 9th National Food Safety and Quality Summit on 2nd December, 2014. The awards ceremony was covered by Zee Business and will be aired for half an hour on the following dates and times:

20th December (Saturday): 3.30 p.m.
21st December (Sunday): 5.30 p.m.

Akshaya Patra’s VK Hill kitchen was conferred the highest award of ‘Outstanding Performance in Food Safety’ and the Hubli kitchen received the 2nd highest award of ‘Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety’.

Tune in to the Zee Business Channel to watch the coverage.

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Akshaya Patra – How To Make 1.5 Million Meals In Less Than 5 Hours

The mid-day meal program was launched by the Government of India in the mid-1960s, and is the largest school-lunch program in the world, feeding 120 million students across the country. The Akshaya Patra Foundation started its own initiative in 2000 to provide mid day meals to 1500 school-going children across 5 schools in Bangalore. In 2006, the two collaborated to exponentially increase their social impact, and to take a big step in helping India meet its Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving universal primary education.

At present, Akshaya Patra Foundation provides freshly cooked and nutritious lunch to more than 1.5 million school-going children in 9,692 government schools across 9 states and 1 Union Territory. The Better India Team recently visited the enormous centralized kitchen at Vasanthapura in Bangalore, and came away thoroughly impressed by the scale of operations, the complexity and the attention to detail.

Many times, the mid-day meal is the only food these children get to eat in the entire day, and it forms one of the biggest incentives for them to come to school. An example of a successful public-private partnership with a large-scale social impact, the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program has been able to achieve outstanding cost and delivery efficiency by employing innovative technology, superlative management skills and smart engineering. Come take a tour of their Centralized Kitchen with us, so that you can see for yourself how 100,000 meals are prepared.
Many times, the mid-day meal is the only food these children get to eat in the entire day, and it forms one of the biggest incentives for them to come to school. An example of a successful public-private partnership with a large-scale social impact, the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal program has been able to achieve outstanding cost and delivery efficiency by employing innovative technology, superlative management skills and smart engineering. Come take a tour of their Centralized Kitchen with us, so that you can see for yourself how 100,000 meals are prepared.

Akshaya Patra opens a new kitchen at Jodhpur

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of its 22nd kitchen in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Operational since August 2013, this centralised kitchen caters to a total of 12,139 school children across 147 government and Madrasa schools.

This latest addition brings the total division of Akshaya Patra kitchens to 20 centralised and 2 decentralised kitchens across India. Jodhpur marks the fourth kitchen opened by Akshaya Patra in the state of Rajasthan, now increasing the total feeding figures of the state to 135,910 school children across 1,830 schools every day.

Being a centralised kitchen, this location will have the operational capacity to undertake large scale feeding as can be seen by the large volume of children benefitting from this new venture. All the Akshaya Patra kitchens utilise Food Safety Management Systems making sure of safe handling, preparation and delivery of the tasty, nutritious mid-day meals to the schools. The kitchen is highly mechanised ensuring that high standards of quality and hygiene are maintained at all times by lowering the opportunity for any human contact with the food.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Today Akshaya Patra is reaching out to over 1.3 million children across 10,631 government schools every day. This latest kitchen at Jodhpur marks a significant step toward fulfilling Akshaya Patra’s mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

Akshaya Patra can only grow with the support and dedication of its well-wishers. If you wish to help the children in need, donate or volunteer with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, and help provide Food for Education to the young ones in need.