Akshaya Patra run kitchen visited by Bill Clinton in Jaipur

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.

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Innovate for social good with Akshaya Patra

As an initiative to engage supporters on a knowledge sharing and productive manner, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is all set to begin a Social Innovation Fellows Programme. This programme will give a platform for budding social entrepreneurs and will also enhance their leadership potential thereby equipping them to make impactful social change.

Akshaya Patra is inviting applications for its first batch of Fellows programme and members for this programme will be selected based on criterions like leadership potential, communication skills, entrepreneurial skills, education qualification, age, nationality and most importantly commitment and zeal to serve children. This will be a paid one year programme.

The application process has already begun on 3rd April and the last date for submitting application is 30th April. The Fellows programme is scheduled to commence from 15th June 2015 before which there will be a round of interview to select the final participants. Akshaya Patra has charted a well-structured programme calendar wherein along with being guided by the Project Innovation Department, the Fellows will get an opportunity to work with other departments of the organisation like Communication, Process, and the like. All the Fellows will be remunerated Rs. 25,000 per month and all work related travel expenses will be reimbursed. Accommodation facility has to be arranged by the Fellows and will not receive any reimbursement for the same.

A quick recap of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

How much do you know about The Akshaya Patra Foundation? Here are some basic facts about the organisation to get you up to speed.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation was started in the year 2000, in Bangalore to provide the mid-day meal programme to Government school children in the region. The programme which began with feeding just 1,500 students across 5 schools in Bangalore today feeds over 1.4 million children across 10,661 Government and Government aided schools, in 10 states of India.

Akshaya Patra today runs 23 kitchens, from which 21 are centralised and two are decentralised. 11 kitchens are ISO 22000:2005 certified while the remaining are in the process of certification.

Akshaya Patra is guided by its vision which states that ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ and is working to fulfil its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is run based on a public-private partnership model which has proved to be extremely successful. The Foundation has received numerous awards such as the CII Food Safety Awards, is a five time winner of the ICAI Gold Shield award for excellence in financial reporting resulting in Akshaya Patra joining the ICAI Hall of Fame, a five time winner of the SAFA awards and many more.

Akshaya Patra receives Chanakya Award 2015

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been awarded with the Chanakya Award for NGO of the Year 2015 by the Press Council of India (PRCI)! This award was bestowed on Akshaya Patra as part of the PRCI Annual Corporate Collateral Awards 2015 at the PRCI 9th Global Communication Conclave 2015.

Besides winning this award The Akshaya Patra Foundation won several others as well. These included Platinum award for the Annual Report 2013-14, Gold for Akshaya Patra’s latest video ‘The Possibilities’, Gold for the Foundation’s Quarterly Newsletter, Silver for its 2015 Calendar, Bronze for undertaking the social media campaign of the year, and even received an Appreciation Award for Corporate Advertisement!

The theme of this year’s Global Communication Conclave was ‘Communicate to Connect’. The Annual Corporate Collateral Awards are handed out each year to honour those who have shown excellence in the field of corporate communications. Last year The Akshaya Patra Foundation received Gold in the Annual Reports category.

The PRCI was created to provide a platform for professionals in the PR, communications and media industries, as well as academicians, to exchange ideas and network with each other. The PRCI has set up headquarters in Bangalore, but also has 25 other wings throughout India.

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.

Platinum win at 3rd Annual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma

Akshaya Patra, Gujarat won the Platinum award in the first category at the 3rd Annakshayapatraual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma. The event attended by about 500 people from India and abroad was hosted on 9th October by Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd, Vadodara.

About 40 case studies by leading manufacturing companies were put forward in the session on Lean Six Sigma tools, from which Akshaya Patra was the first and only NGO to participate in the session. The Foundation received a standing ovation from the competition’s esteemed judges and audience for their case study. Along with Akshaya Patra, there were two other Platinum award winners in the first category.

The other award categories were Diamond and Gold awards.

The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Per Petersson, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author; Guest of Honour was Dan Blucher, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author, with Guest Speaker Sandesh Kadam, Site President, Reliance Industries Limited at Silvassa. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Tushar Dange, Amarnath Sharma, Amrit Sahoo, Puneet Tripathi and Ajay Wagh.

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Lean Six Sigma for Global Competitiveness’. Global Competitiveness here refers to India’s best performance across economic, social and environmental conditions. It encourages data driven policy based on evidences, identification of good practices, and improvement in statistical standards, amongst others. In line with this a Lean Six Sigma approach enables organisations to produce a product/service better by eliminating redundancy, decreasing output time, reducing wastage and developing a zero defect product.

The project which was implemented in Surat achieved the reduction of cooking gas cost by 10 per cent, and streamlined certain processes like raw material flow to the machine, and optimisation of baking temperature and machine speed. In fact the kitchen team achieved four to five times the goal they had set for the project.

This annual convention provided a platform for a wide cross section of industrialists from varying leading companies to discuss real life case studies on how Lean and Six Sigma practices will help streamline and enhance a company’s results. It is an honour for Akshaya Patra to be a part of this programme and receive this illustrious award.