Mangaluru: Foundation laid for mega kitchen of Akshaya Patra at Benjanapadav

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The kitchen will serve mid-day meals to over 50,000 Government School Children in Dakshina Kannada district

Mangaluru, 23 Dec 2017: The Akshaya Patra Foundation in association with GT Foundation and Diya Systems Pvt Ltd announced the foundation laying ceremony to build a mega kitchen in Mangaluru. This kitchen will serve mid-day meals to over 50,000 children from the year 2019. The announcement was made during a press conference on December 21, chaired by Karunya Sagar Dasa – president, Mangaluru, Vandana Tilak – CEO - USA, Sundeep Talwar – CMO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Dr V Ravichandran – CEO Diya Systems, Mangalore Pvt Ltd.


A ‘Bhoomi Puja’ was held on Friday, December 22 to usher an auspicious start to the undertaking. The ceremony was organised by The Akshaya Patra Foundation at the new kitchen premises in Kodman village, Benjanapadav (behind Canara Engineering College), near here.



Among the eminent dignitaries present at the event were Swami Vidyadheesha of Palimar mutt, Swami Ishapriya of Adamar mutt, Udupi,  Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza - Bishop of Mangaluru diocese, Chanchalapathi Dasa - vice-chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shridhar Venkat – CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.


The event was also graced by prominent personalities: Karnataka minister for forests and DK district-in-charge Ramanath Rai, DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Karnataka minister for food and civil supplies U T Khader, MRPL managing director H Kumar, Nitte Deemed University chancellor Dr N Vinaya Hegde, Yenepoya University chancellor Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, DK zilla panchayat president Meenakshi Shantigodu, MLC Captain Ganesh Karnik, MLAs J R Lobo and B A Moideen Bawa, former urban minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, Bantwal taluk panchayat president Chandrahas Karkera, Mangaluru mayor Kavitha Sanil, DK district Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S, Thumbay gram panchayat member Ganesh Suvarna, zilla panchayat member Ravindra Kambli, Mermajal gram panchayat president Satish N Kodman Kodi.


The dignitaries present expressed their happiness for being a part of an initiative which is addressing the National issue to eradicate the classroom hunger in India. They congratulated The Akshaya Patra Foundation for successfully completing 17 years of implementing the school lunch programme and also appreciated GT Foundation, Diya Systems PvtLtd. for partnering with the foundation to boost and promote education with delicious, healthy meals across government schools in Dakshina Kannada district.


Speaking at the ceremony Dr V Ravichandran expressed, ‘My dream of building an automated kitchen facility to nourish 50,000 underprivileged school children from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi region on a daily basis through Akshaya Patra Foundation has finally turned into a reality almost after 5 years. I cannot express in words how happy my family and I are and we thank God almighty for his blessings upon us. We dedicate ourselves with passion, commitment, determination and perseverance to complete this project and nurture 50,000 school children and become instrumental in eradicating malnutrition and provide an opportunity for the children to continue their education and make them greater citizens and leaders of tomorrow.’


At the occasion, Chanchalapathi Dasa, while expressing his gratitude to GT Foundation and Diya Systems Pvt Ltd, said, ‘We are empowered by community participation and this is a remarkable example of what we can do when we all join hands for a common cause. It has always been our endeavour to reach more children while ensuring sustainability for our kitchens. Food security is one of the major concerns of our country and I am glad we are able to come together to address this persistent impediment. It is important that we, as conscious individuals do whatever is necessary for the children, the community and our society.’


Karunya Sagar Dasa, President, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Mangaluru, said, ‘We are immensely grateful to GT Foundation and Diya Systems Pvt.Ltd for supporting us and joining us in furthering the cause of serving children with nutritious school meals. Currently, Akshaya Patra is serving 14,000 children in 135 schools in Mangaluru and with this partnership we will be able to reach out to 50,000 school children. We are thankful for empowering us to reach out to more children. We are also extremely thankful for the Centre and Government of Karnataka for extending a great support in this meal programme by being our major stake holders. As we know, hunger and malnutrition are two critical concerns of the nation which have to be addressed before it affects our children; the proposed kitchen set up is our humble attempt to make sure children get the necessary nutrition as well as a good education.’


The upcoming mega kitchen will be set up with adherence to all good manufacturing practices, use of technology and innovation.  


About GT Foundation and Diya Systems (Mangalore) Pvt Ltd

GT Foundation was established in the year 2004 and administers help through a wide spectrum of programs catering to the financial requirements of individuals across Health, Education and Cultural domains. The Mission of GT Foundation is to provide economically challenged families access to quality health services, educational assistance, employment opportunities to promote art and culture to improve the social, cultural, and economic foundation of our society.


The Foundation has independently and also in association with the Rotary Club of Mangalore, built orphanages, schools, computer training facilities and also participated in a wide variety of social entrepreneurship and awareness projects. It has been reaching thousands of orphan children, the elderly who reside in old age homes and the needy, by providing free food, necessary care and financial aid.


Diya Systems (Mangalore) Pvt Ltd headquartered in Louisville, KY, USA with offices in Palo Alto-CA and a development centre in Mangalore, India. Diya Systems provides turnkey technology and outsourcing solutions to small, medium, and enterprise-sized businesses nationwide. Diya Systems is the largest IT Company located in Mangalore, Karnataka and the recipient of several State and International Awards. Diya Systems provides custom application development services, customer and technical support, business process outsourcing, website development, IT infrastructure services and more.


About The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The organisation strives to fight issues like hunger and malnutrition in India. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government schools and Government aided schools, the Foundation aims not only to fight hunger but also to bring children to school. Since 2000, the organization has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and they attract curious visitors from around the world. In partnership with the government of India, various State Governments and inestimable support from many philanthropic donors and well-wishers; Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across 5 schools. Today, Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest (not-for- profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food to over 1.66 million children from 13,839 schools across 12 states in India.

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