Saturday, January 8, 2011

Times of India: Akshaya Patra to supply food at Civil Hospital

AHMEDABAD: The project of supplying healthy and nutritious food to the patients of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which has been given to Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF), will be formally inaugurated by state health minister Jay Narayan Vyas on Thursday.

Hare Krishna Movement, a sister concern of Akshaya Patra, has signed an MoU for three years to cook and deliver the lunch and dinner at the civil hospital for all 365 days. It has tied up with Hare Krishna Movement for providing technical support in this regard. The menu has been mutually decided by both parties keeping in view the resolution of the Gujarat government. The menu will consist of full diet, salt free diet, fat-free as well as diabetic diet.

Akshaya Patra was set up in the year 2000 at Bangalore to address the problems of feeding school children. It has covered 5,500 government schools in 19 locations of India. Since 2007, it has been serving government school children through its kitchen in Gandhinagar.

During 2010, it expanded to Vadodara, catering to 2.3 lakh children every day in the country. Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which is the biggest hospital in Asia, treats around 6 to 6.5 lakh outdoor patients every year, besides admitting around 70,000 patients. On an average, 26,000 surgeries and 6,500 deliveries take place in this hospital annually.

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