In a kitchen for 90,000 children

From a five-storeyed building, Akshaya Patra Foundation has been cooking food for government schools and aided schools since 2000

Published: 30th November 2016 11:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2016 06:32 AM   |  A+A-


About 242 men and 35 women work in shifts to prepare food for the government schools in Bengaluru.

Express News Service

Akshaya Patra Foundation has been serving wholesome food to children since 2000. Located on Vaikunta Hills, the V K Hill Kitchen of Akshaya Patra, which is also known as the Vasanthapura kitchen, is ISO certified.

In the five-storeyed kitchen, inaugurated on May 25, 2007, meals are cooked for around 90,000 students of 638 schools in the city.

About 242 men and 35 women
work in shifts to prepare food
for the government schools in Bengaluru.

The facility has 18 cauldrons, 3 trolleys, 9 rice chutes, 9 sambar tanks and a daal tank.  The capacity of the rice cauldron is 500 litres, sambar cauldron 1,200 litres and that of the daal cauldron is 3,000 litres. The cooking process starts at 4 am and ends at 7 am on weekdays and starts at 3 am and ends at 6 am on Saturdays. The delivery, to the 600 and odd schools is done within five to 10 minutes.

They have adapted eco-friendly methods for cooking. A solar plant used in the building generates 70 units of power a day. They have a biogas plant and a Sewage Treatment Plant.

The organisation employees 242 men and 35 women who work in shifts. The organisation has 29 custom-made meal distribution vehicles. Vehicles are tracked with GPS. To prevent any accidents in the kitchen, the steam pipe has been covered with stainless steel. A stand of similar metal has been installed to prevent spilling of sambar from sambar chute. The strip curtain in the kitchen prevents pests and rodents from entering.


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