The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) is a mid-day meal scheme catering to children attending government-run schools in India. Initially, the scheme was reaching out to about 2% of total number of school children under Mid-day Meal Program conducted by the Government of India. An innovative hub-spoke cooking and delivery system implemented by Akshaya Patra has helped scale its mid-day meal program. It’s one of the largest PPP models operating under this program, establishing a large scale centralized kitchen each with a capacity to cook over 1 lakh meals per day.
Innovation Alchemy in partnership with Akshaya Patra worked to scale and reach a larger number of school children at a faster pace, cost effectively. An innovative kitchen design was developed using the ‘20 km delivery rule’. It included a modular hub-spoke kitchen system with smaller satellite kitchens within communities; serviced by a central procurement and processing hub. This new design approach significantly enhanced TAPF’s reach across rural schools in India. It greatly reduced cost of delivery, enabling higher livelihood generation for local women and youth.