Akshaya Patra Foundation has undertaken the Earthquake Relief Centralised Kitchen Project in collaboration with Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha. The kitchen, set up at Bhaktapur in Nepal served its first evening meals on June 19, 2015. Around 1,100 people were provided a fresh meal of rice, dal (lentils) and potato sabji (vegetable dish) in Bode, one of the eleven areas to be served meals under the relief project. The people from the worst affected area of Sindhupal Chowk have been accommodated in makeshift shelters in Bode. The morning meal was served to around 5,500 people on June 20, 2015. It is a great initiative by the organization which cooks an estimated 10,000 meals in a batch and serves about 100,000 meals a day. The kitchen will continue to serve the people and provide relief to the beneficiaries. It is well equipped with three 600 litre capacity cauldrons to cook rice and one 1,200 litre capacity cauldron to cook dal. Various machines to cut and grind vegetables are used in the kitchen to speed up the preparation process.
Talking about the initiative Mr. Madan, camp coordinator at Bode said that, “”Despite all the things that have happened we will come up from this. The relief kitchen initiative has also given us the strength to look forward.”
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, expressed his gratitude saying, “I wholeheartedly thank the Government of Nepal, Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha for their unflinching support in helping us set up this earthquake relief kitchen facility in the affected area. With their continued involvement, we are confident that we can provide wholesome, nutritious food to those affected in the region and offer comfort during this time.”