Akshaya Pātra USA

Unlimited food for education

Innovative Technology

Chutes in the upper stories of our kitchens bring daal to cauldrons where it will be prepared with other fresh ingredients.

The daal sambar is piped to the packaging and loading section.

Here hot fresh sambar is collected in the insulated distribution vessels that will bring them to schools.

Rice is sent through chutes in the upper story to waiting cauldrons below.

These custom easy-tilt cauldrons can make 1,200 liters of rice in just two hours.

Fortified rice forms the base of our school lunches in schools we serve in southern India.

The easy-tilt cauldrons enable quick transfer to transport carts.

Rice is packaged in distribution vessels to be delivered to schools.

In northern India, we serve a wheat-based menu with chapattis. Here the dough is mechanically kneaded to prevent contamination.

Our custom-designed chapatti machine stamps and bakes 60,000 chapatti in just 5 hours.

Conveyor belts take the chapatti through the oven.

Our chapattis are baked fresh everyday to ensure they are tasty and nutritious for students.

Conveyor belts carry the chapatti out of the oven where they are sprayed with ghee and collected in insulated vessels for distribution. 

Akshaya Patra's founders used their own knowledge of engineering to design immense mechanized kitchen facilities each capable of serving 100,000 children every day.

Feeding 1.3 Million Children Daily: Innovative Chapatti Machines

Chapatti Baking System

Our founders custom-designed our mechanized chapatti system to produce 10,000 chapatti in 5 hours. As we continued to expand to reach more children, the founders improved the design to bake 40,000 in 5 hours. Today our chapatti machines can make 60,000 chapattis in 5 hours. A culture of innovation and improvement has ensured that Akshaya Patra can effectively scale to reach more children and keep ahead of demand. 

Feeding 1.3 Million Children Daily: Cutting-Edge Rice Preparation

Rice Preparation System

Akshaya Patra has developed an advanced system for rice preparation.  Raw rice is sent through a series of filtration systems that remove inedible debris and is stored in silos out our facilities. At time of preparation, a computerized flow valve calculates the amount of rice to be made.  The rice is then dropped through chutes to custom-easy tilt cauldrons capable of preparing 1,200 liters of rice in just 2 hours. The cauldrons are then tilted to allow rice to be transferred to the packaging and loading section. 

Preparation

Daal Sambar System

Only the freshest and most nutritious ingredients go into our daal sambar.  Our sambar is prepared in custom cauldrons capable of preparing 1,200 liters of sambar in 2 hours. When the sambar is finished cooking it is piped to the packaging and distribution area where is prepared for distribution. 

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Distribution System: Custom Vehicles

Akshaya Patra customizes its distribution vehicles with honey-comb racks that keep our distribution vessels upright and prevents spilling and contamination.  The vehicles are insulated to ensure the meals arrive at the schools hot and fresh.  Each vehicle is equipped with GPS tracking to ensure that the most efficient routes are taken to ensure on-time delivery of meals. 

Supporters can sponsor our vehicles and have the exterior customized with their name or company logo.

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Scalable Design

Akshaya Patra's innovative designs for our centralized kitchen facilities ensures consistent expansion for new areas. Our facility designs are never patented and we encourage other non-profits to learn from us and utilize our designs so together we can combat global malnutrition.

To further ensure sustainable expansion, Akshaya Patra raises a 5 year operating reserve for each new kitchen building project so that a new kitchen never has to shut-down its operations due to lack of funding.

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Green Energy

Akshaya Patra is continually working to institute environmentally initiatives to ensure that our operations do not adversely affect the environment or the community in which we work.

For example, we have installed thermite briquette boilers in our kitchens that burn sustainable agri-waste (groundnut shells and grain husks) briquettes in our kitchens in our kitchens to reduce carbon emission and cooking times. Each briquette boiler saves 788.95 Megatons of carbon from being released in the atmosphere.