Mangalore, December 1, 2023: On the 3rd of December 2023 (Sunday) The Akshaya Patra Foundation, known for its unwavering mission to eliminate child hunger, marks a significant milestone with the inauguration of its centralized kitchen in Mangalore, Karnataka. Representing innovation, community engagement, and a dedication to social welfare, this initiative sets a new standard. Generously supported by donors Vijay & Shama Kedia, GT Foundation, and Diya Systems (Mangalore) Pvt. Ltd., the kitchen stands as a testament to the late Shri Dr. V Ravichandran’s enduring support and vision.
The forthcoming inauguration ceremony is set to receive the esteemed presence of Chief Guest Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament from Dakshina Kannada constituency, and Guest of Honor Shri U. T. Khader, Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly; Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Mangalore. The event will also be graced by Shri Dr. P Dayanand Pai, Chairman of Century Real Estate Group, Bengaluru; Shri M.P. Mullai Muhilan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district; and Shri Dr. Anandha K, IAS, CEO, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat.
Adding to the auspicious event, the ceremony will witness the divine presence of His Holiness Shri Shri Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, of Jagadguru Sri Madhwaachaarya Moola Mahaa Samsthaanam, Shri Puthige Matha, Udupi. Additionally, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, will be present to mark this significant occasion.
With a capacity to produce 25,000 nutritious meals daily for over 165 schools, including 124 government and 41 government-aided institutions, nourishing children’s education, and well-being. The kitchen’s diverse menu ensures balanced nutrition, featuring traditional dishes and culinary delights designed to provide wholesome diets to children. Embracing sustainability, the facility integrates solar power and clean LPG, and plans for further environmental advancements.
This initiative embodies The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s commitment to nurturing young minds, fostering community engagement, promoting healthy eating habits, and advancing sustainable practices for a nourishing future.