The Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurated its first high tech kitchen in Hyderabad on Thursday to combat hunger and malnutrition in India.
The fully mechanised kitchen has been constructed with the support of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFG and aims to provide mid day meals to over 35,000 children in Telangana.
The ceremony inaugurated by Shri Badaru Dattatreya, hon’ble transport minister along with the guest of honour Mr.Ryoichi Shinke, executive officer MUFG.
This initiative of Akshaya Patra not only provides nutrition to children; it also encourages children to come back to school.
Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, chairman, The Akshaya Patra foundation said, “This hi tech kitchen will serve many hungry children in the state of Telengana as a part of our endeavour to eradicate classroom hunger”.
“We are committed to serve the nation and feed 5 million children by 2020” he added.
This kitchen, in the current phase, is poised to serve 366 anganwadi centres and 238 schools through the MidDay Meal Programme.
This hitech kitchen houses can dish out 3 course meal including rice, sambhar and other curry items.
The Akshaya Patra foundation is the world’s largest non profit mid-day meal programme serving over 1.66 million children from 11,548 schools across 12 states in India.
When it comes to Telengana, Akshaya Patra reaches out to 95,585 children in 880 schools and 27,000 Anganwadi beneficiaries.