The Akshaya Patra Foundation operates its kitchens at ISO standards and has 21 kitchens that are ISO certified. We have adopted advanced technologies such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, blockchain, and IoT to ensure efficiency, safety, and quality control in our kitchens. We follow strict procurement practices based on standards adapted from the Food Safety Standards Act 2006 (FSSA) to ensure that the food we serve is safe and of the highest quality.
Our centralized kitchens are designed with frugal innovation in mind, allowing us to cook between 10,000 to 250,000 meals within 6 hours while prioritizing innovation, efficiency, and safety. We employ 6,000 men and women, with 30% of our workforce being women. Our cooking to consumption time is 4 hours or less, ensuring that the food we serve is fresh and hot.
In locations where the geographical terrain does not support a centralized kitchen model, we have successfully implemented a decentralized model where local women cook up to 5,000 meals daily. This model provides rural women with a sustainable source of income, helping them to break the cycle of poverty. We believe that by empowering women and providing them with a livelihood, we can make a positive impact on the community as a whole.