Akshay Patra Kitchen Opened by Modi in Varanasi
By India-West Staff Reporter
LOS ANGELES, CA – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s newest kitchen at LT College in Varanasi, on July 7. Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were in attendance at the ceremony.
The event was presided by Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman and Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Sandeep Singhal, Co-Founder & MD of WestBridge Capital, India along with his team also visited the kitchen on the day of the inauguration.
After the inauguration, Modi inspected the facility where meals were served to the children. The guests commended Akshaya Patra’s efforts to address hunger & malnutrition in the country and pledged their support for the organization’s endeavors.
Expressing immense gratitude to all the political leaders, Madhu Pandit Dasa, also thanked
Sumir Chadha and Sandeep Singhal, co-Founders, West Bridge Capital for sponsoring the kitchen and supporting efforts to address classroom hunger.
The construction of the state-of-the-art centralized kitchen was supported by WestBridge Capital, an India focused investment firm managing over US$7 billion of capital. The firm has been engaged in making investments in varied philanthropic projects on an ongoing basis across education, health and environment thematics, a press release said.
Established in 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest school meal program, providing hot, nutritious school lunches to over 1.8 million children in over 20,000 schools through 61 kitchens in 14 states and two Union Territories in India.