Continuing its trend of constant innovation and improvement, The Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurated its Ahmedabad kitchen in Gujarat on 03 August, 2014.
Replacing the kitchen in Gandhinagar, this kitchen is spread over two acres of land, and is one of the largest kitchens in India. The inauguration was attended by the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, as well as Vasuben Trivedi, MOS – Women and Child Development, Government of Gujarat.
This kitchen is equipped to produce up to 200,000 meals in five hours, and feeds 121,508 children across 666 schools in the districts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The kitchen following the centralised model utilises modern machinery ensuring excellent efficiency and large scale cooking.
The Ahmedabad kitchen which is ISO 22000:2005 certified, includes a full-scale bakery that can produce wheat items, has been constructed over three floors and uses the gravity flow system while cooking the mid-day meals.
This kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and cooking vessels to ensure tasty, safe and sufficient food to the children benefitting from the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme. The kitchen is fitted with Steam Generating Boilers with a capacity of 2000 kgs, a roti making machine, 7 stage rice cleaning machine, as well as rice and dal silos.
This kitchen has been constructed through the donation of some esteemed well-wishers. Chimanlal Agrawal & family, and Nandlal Agrawal & family donated the land for the project, while the Hans Foundation donated towards the capital expenditure, kitchen equipment and vehicles, and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) co-sponsored the undertaking by donating kitchen equipment.
Speaking of her support towards The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Anandiben Patel said, “I strongly believe the mid-day meal from The Akshaya Patra Foundation will fulfill the goal of making Gujarat free of malnutrition. I hope the healthy and nutritious food provided to children from Akshaya Patra will build healthy minds and body. The Gujarat government is eager to support Akshaya Patra’s activities to build a strong society and a strong nation. I wish success to all the people working in the new centralised kitchen of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.”
This kitchen marks another milestone in Akshaya Patra’s mission to feed 5 million children by 2020.