Rajasthan is located in the north-west region of India. It is known as the ‘land of kings’. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is also known as the ‘Pink City’. Hindi is the official language but Rajasthani, a dialect of Hindi, is also widely spoken by the natives of Rajasthan.
WHEN AND HOW WE STARTED
The Akshaya Patra Foundation started its operations in Rajasthan in February 2004 by setting up a centralised kitchen in Jaipur. The need of the hour and terrain encouraged the Foundation to initiate a decentralised kitchen in the remote district of Baran in April 2005. The third kitchen came up in Nathdwara in June 2006 as a centralised unit. August 2013 saw the advent of the fourth kitchen in Jodhpur. These units together provide mid-day meals to more than 135,910 children across the state.
The centralised kitchen unit at Jaipur was established in February 2004. It is an ISO 22000:2005 certified kitchen unit. This kitchen currently feeds 92,763 Government school children each day. There are 65 custom designed meal distribution vehicles to deliver the cooked mid-day meal to the beneficiary schools. Apart from the regular preparation of mid-day meals, this kitchen also prepares food for the 5,000 daily wage earners of the Akshaya Kalewa programme and for Anganwadis.
The decentralised kitchen format at Baran was established in April 2005. There are 100 such kitchens in the district of Baran. This kitchen currently feeds 11,456 Government school children each day. These kitchens are mainly run by Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs). There are two customised meal distribution vehicles to deliver the cooked mid-day meals to the beneficiary schools. These units also prepare food for Anganwadi schools.
The centralised kitchen unit at Nathdwara was established in June 2006. It currently feeds 25,274 Government school children each day. It is an ISO 22000:2005 certified kitchen unit. There are 22 custom designed meal distribution vehicles to deliver the cooked mid-day meals to the beneficiary schools.
The kitchen operations began on 1 August, 2013. Today there are 38 employees, who ensure that the nutritious Akshaya Patra meal reaches out to around 6,417 children in the city. The centralised kitchen has a capacity of cooking 100,000 meals a day.