Akshaya Patra Foundation

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation Logo.png
Founded2000
TypeNot for Profit - Registered Trust
Location
Websitehttp://www.akshayapatra.org/

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India.[1] The organisation was established in 2000. It aims to counter classroom hunger[2] and aid in education of children. It feeds 17,62,133 children every day across India.[3]

The food distributed by Akshaya Patra is perceived to be "hygienic, nutritious and delicious".[4][5][6][7][8]

Go Green Initiative[edit]

The Akshaya Patra kitchens produce about 350 kilograms of organic waste each day.[9] In an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, the foundation has set up biogas plants in some of its kitchens. This initiative started with the centralized kitchens at Bellary and Vasanthapura (Bengaluru) on Earth Day (April 22) 2016 [10] and now extends to six kitchens across the country.[11] The biogas plants, with a capacity to process 1 tonne per day (TPD) of organic waste, generate 120 to 150 m3 of biogas the equivalent of 30 kilograms of LPG.[12] This gas is consumed in the kitchen's cooking operations and saves the foundation INR 38,500 per month.[13] This translates to savings of about 10% in total energy consumption required for cooking.[14]

Another green initiative of the foundation is the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at some of its kitchens. Based on the weather these systems produce 80-100 units of electricity per day and this power's the facility's daytime energy requirement e.g. the Bengaluru plant generates 10 kW of power and this is entirely consumed by the facility, whereas the Surat plant generates 12 kW of power with some of the surplus power being fed back to the grid for a credit.[15]

The foundation is open to knowledge sharing in helping other entities achieve their environmental goals. Shridhar Venkat, CEO Akshaya Patra has gone on record to say:[16]

The blueprints and processes of our waste management and clean energy generation systems are available to whomsoever who asks for it.

Other programmes[edit]

Certain that the primary cause of Akshaya Patra is to actually compliment the creation of Srila Prabhupada by implementation of the mid-day meal programme.[17]

Akshaya Patra USA[edit]

Akshaya Patra USA exceeded its fundraising goal of $3.2m for 2012 by raising $5.6m.[citation needed] This included a generous grant of $2m by Caterpillar Foundation for building a kitchen in Uttar Pradesh, India.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mid Day Meal Scheme
  2. ^ "classroom hunger". Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ feeds 1.76 million children every day across India
  4. ^ "Schools prefer midday meals supplied by Akshaya Patra".
  5. ^ "meals provided were prepared scientifically and with required nutritional value".
  6. ^ "Government plans Saturday upgrade for midday meals".
  7. ^ "food prepared by Akshaya Patra has been found to be the HIGHEST QUALITY FOOD and prepared in the CLEANEST environment among all midday meal providers in India".
  8. ^ "Revamp quality of mid-day meals by relooking at the nutrient intake".
  9. ^ Kulkarni, Rajesh (21 August 2017). "Akshaya Patra: Transforming Organic Waste into Clean Energy - Clean Future". Clean Future. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ Attri, Ravinder (28 April 2016). "Akshaya Patra adopts a new organic waste to biogas system". Newshour Press. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  11. ^ "This Hyderabad start-up helps you turn your kitchen waste into biogas". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  12. ^ Madhav, N. (24 June 2015). "IICT's waste-to-biogas tech draws good response". Business Standard India. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  13. ^ Attri, Ravinder (28 April 2016). "Akshaya Patra adopts a new organic waste to biogas system". Newshour Press. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. ^ Kulkarni, Rajesh (21 August 2017). "Akshaya Patra: Transforming Organic Waste into Clean Energy - Clean Future". Clean Future. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  15. ^ Kulkarni, Rajesh (21 August 2017). "Akshaya Patra: Transforming Organic Waste into Clean Energy - Clean Future". Clean Future. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  16. ^ Kulkarni, Rajesh (21 August 2017). "Akshaya Patra: Transforming Organic Waste into Clean Energy - Clean Future". Clean Future. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  17. ^ Akshaya Patra is implementation of the mid-day meal programme
  18. ^ The Akshaya Patra Team USA

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