KATHMANDU, Nepal — The Earthquake Relief Centralized Kitchen Project, a joint initiative of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha, prepared and served its first meals June 19.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation builds and operates award-winning centralized kitchens in India from which it delivers hot, nutritious meals to 1.4 million school children across India daily.

Thirty-three members of Akshaya Patra’s team set up the kitchen in Nepal in five days — a record for the organization. The kitchen is housed in a pre-fabricated structure and comprises three 600-liter cooking cauldrons to prepare rice, a 1200-liter cauldron to prepare dal, and vegetable cutting machines.

The kitchen began its operations June 19 by serving 1100 people living in camps in Bode, where survivors of the worst affected area of Sindhupal Chowk have been accommodated.

The kitchen, which can prepare 10,000 meals an hour for up to 100,000 people a day, will also serve survivors in Bhelukhel, Maheswari, Jella, Garun Kund, Kamal Binayak, Thulo Bayasee, Bayasee, Bode, Thali, Gokarneswar and Bhugmati.

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