5th win at SAFA Awards!!

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Akshaya Patra has won the SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013 in the Non-Governmental Organizations (including NPOs) category! In this highly illustrious contest evaluated by SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants), Akshaya Patra has come first, ahead of all the SAARC countries participating. This exemplifies the excellent standards that the Foundation continues to maintain in its financial accounting.

The award was conferred to Akshaya Patra on 4th December in Bhubaneshwar, and was accepted by Achytya Krishna, on behalf of the organisation. The Annual Report was evaluated based on certain stringent criteria like Improvement in Transparency, Accountability and Governance shown in the entries submitted by the South Asian countries.

Expressing his pleasure over receiving the award Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of Akshaya Patra said, “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award, SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013. This is indeed a testimony to our adherence to the highest standards of governance philosophy and our continuous strive for excellence by adopting the best practices. The award encourages us to keep performing efficiently and ethically”.

SAFA is a platform for professional accountancy agencies to work towards the continued progression and distinction of the accountancy profession in the SAARC region. This is the fifth time that Akshaya Patra is receiving a SAFA Award.

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.’

 

 

 

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.

CM opens modern kitchen of Akshay Patra Foundation

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today opened the 23rd centralised transparent modern kitchen of Akshay Patra Foundation at Bhadaj village near here to serving hot, nutritios mid-day meal to kids at nearby ‘anganwadis’.

She then herself served food to the toddlers.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Patel said there was a long tradition of providing food to the hungry in India.

She called upon the affluent class, corporate houses and philanthropists donating money for temples and religious places to spend money on social causes too, like modern kitchens to make Gujarat more progressive, educated, cultured, healthy, clean and green.

She said the modern mid-day meal scheme has also helped check dropout rates in schools in the state.

Ms Patel said her government’s another campaign was to provide toilet facility in every home in Gujarat over the next three years.

Lauding the efforts of Akshay Patra foundation, established in 2007, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the state government was planning to start quality mid-day meal scheme in collaboration with the foundation in Bhavnagar and Jamnagar cities and in the districts.

The Akshay Patra kitchen has been built by the foundation at a cost of Rs 15 crore on a two-acre plot donated by a family. UNI KK KAC SB BD1948 NNNN

The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Bangalore, India. The organization strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Government schools and Government aided schools, Akshaya Patra aims to fight not only hunger but also to bring children to school and there by provide food for education.

Since 2000, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day.

Akshaya Patra is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they spark curiosity among many enthusiasts from around the world.

In partnership with the Government of India and its respective State Governments, and inestimable support from many businesses, philanthropic donors and well-wishers; we have grown from our humble beginnings in the year 2000, serving just 1500 children across 5 schools. Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.39 million children from 10,631 schools across 10 states in India.

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A brief on the growth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

On November 28, 2001 the Supreme Court of India passed a mandate that: “Cooked mid-day meal is to be provided in all the Government and Government-aided primary schools in all the states.” Akshaya Patra was called upon to provide testimonies to the Supreme Court in order to have the mandate passed.

By the time the Ministry of Human Resource Development – Department of School Health and Education extended its support to the initiative in 2003, Akshaya Patra was already reaching out to 23,000 children.

Today, Akshaya Patra has grown from One (in the year 2000) to 22 locations spread across 10 states in India, a result of the successful partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments as well as the generosity of thousands of supporters.