A Global Model
Akshaya Patra has developed a highly replicable and scalable model that can be duplicated in communities around the world. Akshaya Patra was invited by the Global Economic Forum to Africa under Project Hunger to discuss its experiences and successes. Akshaya Patra has presented its model at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation Conference.
High efficiency and Quality at a Low Cost
Akshaya Patra kitchens are specially designed by engineers to leverage technology and maintain efficient processes to cook large amounts of food in a short time. These kitchens use steam as a cooking medium, allowing the food to cook faster and the vegetables to retain nutrients. Most processes—from cutting vegetables, preparing bread, to loading containers—are mechanized, which increases speed, decreases overhead, and protects against contamination. Akshaya Patra also adheres to high standards of quality and most of our kitchens are International Standard Organization (ISO) approved. Our technology-intensive kitchens require very little human contact thereby maintaining hygienic standards and nutritional quality of the meals it serves.
Leveraging Local Markets
Akshaya Patra sources its vegetables, dairy products and other food stocks from local markets. This reduces the costs associated with transportation and spoilage. Local sourcing helps to strengthen the economy in the communities we work in.
Akshaya Patra’s program is a pioneering project in India’s social and development sector. It is an innovative model with a proven track record for sustainable expansion. From feeding just 1,500 children in 2000, we now feed over 1.3 million children DAILY in 9,000 schools in nine states. Akshaya Patra’s model can be adapted for various communities.
Akshaya Patra, a public-private partnership, serves as a global model for breaking the cycle of poverty in developing nations. 50% of the cost of the meal is subsidized by the federal and state governments.
The private sector brings in operational discipline and best management practices to improve scalability, efficiency, and impact. Furthermore, the organization is managed by an independent Board of Directors, many of whom are leaders in the private sector.
Transparency and Excellence
Akshaya Patra maintains a commitment to organizational transparency and accountability.