A kitchen run by Akshaya Patra Foundation was recently visited by Ex- US President Mr. Bill Clinton in Jaipur. The kitchen is used to prepare food for 1.5 lakh people in Jaipur as a part of the mid-day meal scheme. Out of these 1.5 lakh people, 1.25 lakh are school children studying in government schools of Jaipur. Clinton was given a warm welcome by the students who even sang a folk song for the guests. Accompanied by Madhu Pandit Dasa, Clinton went to the kitchen where the food was being prepared. He observed the equipments for preparing curry and took keen interest in knowing about the menu and operations.
Madhu Pandit Dasa briefed Clinton on these questions and also told him that the kitchen in Jaipur in total had 450 people involved, including many dieticians who prepare the menu for the mid day meals a month in advance. Clinton was also shown the rice cleaning machine and the roti maker. The kitchen has 2 roti makers, each being capable of making 40,000 rotis in an hour. Clinton was surprised to realize that all the food reaches people in time.
The dieticians ensure that the food is balanced and rich so that kids receive all the necessary nutrients. Usually, 2 chapatis, lentils or pulses, a vegetable dish and rice are served to every kid daily and once in a week they are treated with a healthy sweet dish. Besides serving to kids, Akshaya Patra Foundation also provides food to about 20,000 Anganwadi workers and 4,000 daily wage labourers at over 40 locations across the city every evening at a price of Rs.5 per person.