Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today launched Akshaya Patra kitchen and food distribution for Mid-Day-Meal in government schools, supported by Swiss power company ABB India. This mid-day meal facility will benefit about 22,000 children in 24 schools.
Sisodia shared the information of Akshay Patra on his official Twitter handle. He wrote that today Akshay Patra’s kitchen and food distribution was launched to distribute mid-day meal in some government schools of Delhi: “Very happy that this third kitchen of Akshayapatra will provide the highest nutrition to 22,000 children in 24 government schools.”
“Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia inaugurated the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s new centralised kitchen in Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area of New Delhi,” ABB India said in a statement
Akshaya Patra is a social organisation that provides food at very affordable prices in about 6,500 schools in seven states. When the Arvind Kejriwal government was preparing to launch a pilot project in 2017 for the first time to provide food by this institution, it was in a dilemma as to whether these organisations would be able to provide food for schools across Delhi. However, after the work done by the institution over time, they got the contract for the third kitchen of Akshaya Patra in Delhi today.
The Swiss company’s partnership with Akshaya Patra is over a decade old. It has been expanding in line with the mission of Akshaya Patra to feed 5 million children by 2025. Over the years, ABB India increased the quantum and scope of its support to Akshaya Patra. From sponsoring the Mid-Day Meal Programme, the Swiss company went on to support its centralised kitchen idea. At present, the ABB India-Akshaya Patra combine provides 50,000 meals a day to government school children in Gujarat, Karnataka and Delhi.
The Indian NGO’s website claims “it provides freshly cooked and nutritious mid-day meals in India to 18,02,517 children across 16,856 government schools and government-aided schools. This children NGO serves locally palatable wholesome meals from its 51 kitchens operating in 12 states and two union territories”.