Feeding the Masses
19.02.2013 - 19.02.2013 82 °F
One of my favorite site visits in Chennai was to the ECO Kitchen - a sustainable enterprise that is teaming up with Sodexo to feed impoverished communities in Tamil Nadu and achieve the Millenium Development Goal of eradicating extreme hunger.
They're a large sustainable kitchen that produces 30,000 meals a day. It's a microfranchise with three approaches: Kathir (Livelihood), Kathir Dahr (Food Security), and Out of the Box (Catering Services). By catering to IT corporations around Chennai, ECO Kitchen is able to support individual foodstalls (35,000rps) which allow women mobility, empowerment, and improved financial literacy. By catering to IT corporations around Chennai, ECO Kitchen is able to connect wealthy donors to the feeding community and provide food security to many. On World Food Day (October 14, 2012) ECO Kitchen produced 300,000 meals for over 3,000 families with the help of 500 volunteers in its busy kitchens.
Its thermax industrial strength boilers heated by biomass briquets and powered by high-energy steam vats churns out 240 idlies in 10 minutes, 1,000 of chappattis, and 400-600L of curried gravies. The solar water geysers on the roof heat the water, reduce cooking time, and clean vessels efficiently. Their waste recovery system treats waste water and reroutes it to their local garden. It's a pretty amazing system - a kitchen that is private in funding and public in its aims to provide food to the community in a fair, healthy, and equitable way.
Here's Dan with a full South Indian meal we were provided after our tour