“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”
Many children in the world are deprived of one of the most essential basic needs of life- ‘food’. Once His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada observed a group of children fighting with stray dogs over scraps of food. Disheartened by what he witnessed, he decided that ‘no child within a 10-mile radius of the centre should go hungry.’
Inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s vision, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (brand name ‘Annamrita’) with the mission to eradicate hunger took upon the responsibility of feeding children and started the mid-day meal programme. Through its 20 state-of-the-art mega kitchens across 7 states in India, the organization has been serving 1.2 million meals every day among their network of 6500 schools.
Annamrita is the first in the mass meal category in the world to be accredited ISO and HACCP certification. Here, the food is prepared with the most advanced techniques and machinery like in-house designed chapati machine which produces 20,000 chapatis every hour, high-speed cutting/peeling/chopping/pulverizing machines and high-end boilers for steam cooking. These techniques and machinery ensure that mid-day meal gets prepared and reaches the school on time while it’s still hot and fresh.
The word “Annamrita” means ‘food as pure as nectar’ and Annamrita justifies the same through its nutritious food full of mother’s warmth to the underprivileged children. It not only feeds the children, but it also provides them with the food with good moral values and ethics. Positive thoughts, balanced diet and a bright future, that’s what Annamrita wishes for every child.