The standards of hygiene at Akshaya Patra kitchens are as high as a hospital’s operation theater. It’s mandatory for everyone to wear gloves, shoes and a cap. None of these are reused.
Lakhs of school children in the state eat meals cooked here in these mechanized kitchens. These maintain the highest standards of hygiene by ensuring there is minimum human handling during cooking. There’s no compromise on hygiene,” said Madhupandit Dasa, Iskcon
Akshaya Patra is ISO22000 certified for food safety. There are periodic inspections to ensure that standards are maintained. The organisation supplies fresh and hot cooked meals to 925 schools in Bangalore every day. Besides Bangalore, there are kitchens in Bellary, Hubli, Mangalore and Mysore which dish out midday meals. No wonder then there hasn’t been a single instance of a child falling ill after eating an Akshaya Patra meal.
About Akshaya Patra :
Birth of The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The history of the Foundation starts with a story of compassion.
Looking out of a window one day in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heart breaking incident, came the determination that: No one within a ten mile radius of our center should go hungry.
It is his inspiration which helped us to create The Akshaya Patra Foundation as it is today. Foundation began this initiative with the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
In June 2000, it started it’s mid-day meal program in Bangalore by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools. At that time there was no State run school meal program in Karnataka. Within a few short weeks the foundation had received hundreds of requests from teachers who expressed the dire need of such a scheme.