Akshaya Patra’s disaster relief initiatives

While Mid-Day Meal Programme is Akshaya Patra’s chief focus, disaster relief is important feeding initiative where the organisation stands in the foreground to aid the victims. In 2015, after Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake of 7.8 & 7.3 magnitude, all efforts of food distribution were made available by Akshaya Patra by setting up field kitchens to support emergency meal distribution. One of the kitchens was set up in Bhaktpur (14 km from Kathmandu) – known as Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project and had the capacity to cook 10,000 meals in a span of one hour. Akshaya Patra also airlifted cooked meals from Jaipur kitchen to Delhi and then to Nepal.

During Chennai floods, Akshaya Patra began serving daily meals as relief efforts with a team of 10 to 30 people. Dealing with aftermath of natural disasters is difficult as all the necessities get affected. Since Akshaya Patra has had knowledge of cooking food in large quantities, the organisation was comfortable to assist people and the region by providing them a basic need - food.

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