The Akshaya Patra ngo in Vadodara was established in November 2009. This kitchen today feeds the mid day meal in Vadodara to 113,593 children across 616 Government and Government aided schools in the region on every working day. Being a centralized unit, this kitchen is more than equipped to cater to these large numbers with ease. Through this and its other kitchens at Ahmedabad and Surat, Akshaya Patra feeds over 400,000 children across 1,653 Government schools in the state of Gujarat. For those that want to help the Foundation reach out to more children in the region, donate online to charity Akshaya Patra to make a difference.
The ngo in Vadodara functions from a centralized kitchen, which is a highly mechanized kitchen which is fitted with the latest cooking technology that allows it to cook food in large quantities very quickly. Because of the intensive use of machinery in the centralized kitchens there is very little human interaction with the food. This ensures that all the food cooked is healthy, hygienic, and safe for consumption and meets all of Akshaya Patra’s rigorous quality standards. Akshaya Patra currently runs 22 centralized and two decentralized kitchens. To ensure that the food is to the liking of the beneficiaries, the mid day meal in Vadodara has been modified to suit the cultural tastes of the region. Therefore the menu here consists of items like rice, rotis (Indian flatbread), khichdi (rice and lentils curry) and other vegetable dishes. Many who wish to donate online to charity often choose to support Akshaya Patra in order to help the Foundation feed more underserved children every day.
The ngo in vadodara is also ISO 22000:2005 certified. This certification is acknowledgement that this kitchen is compliant with the Food Safety Management System standards, as specified by the International Organization for Standards, Geneva, Switzerland. To deliver the tasty food cooked in the kitchens the mid day meal in Vadodara is transported to the schools through 39 custom designed meal delivery vans. These vans are fitted with a honeycomb structure that prevents the food from spilling during transportation, and also has a puffed body which is insulated which maintains the correct temperature of the food until delivery. The Foundation also provides the option of online donation to the charity of Akshaya Patra and sponsors a meal delivery van.