Akshaya Patra operations in Uttar Pradesh began in August 2004 when the Vrindavan kitchen was opened. The Foundation opened its second kitchen in the state at Lucknow in 2015. Between these two kitchens Akshaya Patra feeds 150,663 children across 1,983 schools. Both the kitchens are centralised and fitted with the latest cooking machinery. Equipped with roti making machines capable of producing 40,000 rotis (Indian flatbread) in an hour, and huge cauldrons for cooking rice, dal (lentils curry) and more, plus chutes and conveyor belts to transport the food, these kitchens are highly efficient and hygienic.
Akshaya Patra ensures that such high levels of efficiency, safety and hygiene are maintained in all the kitchens. The Foundation understands that it is only through maintaining such strict standards that the stakeholders will be justified in placing their trust in this goal of eliminating classroom hunger in India.
Through the support of the Central and State Governments, private contributors as well the corporate sector, Akshaya Patra has grown from feeding 1,500 children across 5 schools in 2000, to feeding over 1.4 million children today. In order to keep growing and reaching out to more children it is crucial to have the continued support of the community. That is why Akshaya Patra ensures a high level of transparency and accountability in its financial and operational processes. By maintaining this faith between the Foundation and its stakeholders Akshaya Patra hopes to fulfil its vision that 'No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.'