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Akshaya Patra delivers relief effort in flood-hit Gorakhpur

Sep 02, 2017

The Foundation has served over 60,000 meals in the affected region so far through its ‘Kitchen on Wheels’ – India’s first mobile kitchen for disaster relief.

New Delhi: The recent floods in Gorakhpur have affected the lives of over 1 lakh people. As a relief effort, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is serving the people in adversity by providing hot, cooked food. It has served over 60,000 meals as on August 29, 2017 through its ‘Kitchen on Wheels’ – India’s first mobile kitchen for disaster relief.

Akshaya Patra initiated the relief effort by serving 5,000 meals on the first day and subsequently, the numbers have been increasing every day. A variety of food items like vegetable pulao, matar pulao, masala rice, thepla and pickle is served to the affected people. The food is packed in aluminium foil containers, which help in retaining the freshness. The packed food is delivered with the help Akshaya Patra’s staff members and volunteers from National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS), who work throughout the day.

‘Kitchen on Wheels’ or ‘KOW’ has been specifically designed by Akshaya Patra to provide relief in times of disaster and natural calamity. KOW is set up with the generous support of CISCO and Hexaware. This mobile kitchen is capable of cooking meals for 2,000-2,500 people per cycle, every two hours. KOW enables the staff and volunteers deliver the food to the people immediately. The staff starts cooking meals in sanitized containers at 4 am in the morning and the process concludes at 10 pm. The mobile kitchen is equipped with four steamers for cooking rice with 36 tray capacity. It has an in-built water tank with 3k capacity for R.O. The vehicle also has a raw water tank of 1K capacity and an R.O. Plant with a capacity to purify 500 litres per hour. The purified water is stored in a tank with 500 litres capacity. Besides these features, the customised kitchen is equipped with a D.G., 15 KVA (air cooled), inverter, visual & audio alarm systems, fire & fume security systems, three pot stock stove for masalas, movable washing set up with two sinks, detachable trolleys for rice mise-en place, three step segregated waste water tank and pressure pumps for water input & washing.

In this time of need, Akshaya Patra has mobilised its customised ‘KOW’ to help the people affected by the flood. The vehicle has been stationed in Gorakhpur since August 26, 2017 and the relief effort is progressing smoothly. The staff members of Akshaya Patra from Bengaluru & Delhi NCR are leading this effort, ably assisted by kitchen staff from Akshaya Patra’s Lucknow and Vrindavan kitchens. The Foundation has been supplying freshly-cooked meals prepared in multiple cycles to the affected people and about 8 to 10K meals are served on daily basis.

Akshaya Patra is working tirelessly to ensure that every affected person gets a good and adequate meal; volunteers from NCC, NSS, local hospitals and hotels, and some localities are helping in the relief effort. Through its unique ‘KOW’, Akshaya Patra has served over 60,000 meals till now.

The initiative and the quality of the food have been appreciated by the people affected by the flood in the region.

Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, expressed his commitment to the initiative and said, “We all need to come together to help the people at this time of distress. Akshaya Patra is grateful to the District Administration for helping us reach the food to the affected people. We will continue to serve people in the flood-hit areas as long as the District Administration requires our support.”

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