the feeding program
Street Food In Madurai
While the opening of the Akshaya Home has been a virtual miracle for those destitute people rescued from the streets of Madurai, there are still many unfortunate destitute people struggling to survive. The opening of the home has given Akshaya an efficient place to prepare and serve nurishing meals to the residents but it also means the serving of meals on the streets has to be curtailed due to limited resources of money and staff.
Not willing to totally abandon those not living in the Akshaya Home, Krishnan and the Akshaya staff continue to provide limited feeding on the streets of Madurai. They can provide one one meal twice a week due to limited funds and the time it takes to prepare and deliver the meals to Madurai. The cost of preparing one meal for approximately 300 people is $150 US.
The limited food service to Madurai also reduces Akshaya's opportunities to seek out potential people that are most desperate to be rescued and brought to the Akshaya Home.
The food prepared by Akshaya Trust follows recipes that are traditional in Madurai as well as many other parts of India. They include:
Meals at Akshaya Home
The road to rehabilitation for the residents can be very difficult as well as emotionally and physically painful. A foundation for their recovery is good nutrition which, under Krishnan's guidance. is well provided at the Akhsaya Home.
Fresh, quality foods are purchased daily and prepared according to local custom and tastes. Preparation is done by a combination of staff and volunteering residents. The involvement in the operation of Akshaya Home by willing residents helps the rehabilitation of the residents as well as instilling a sense of community in all involved.
Dining requires more than one sitting and it has been determined that having seperate genders at each sitting results in the highest level of harmony during the meals. As with the food preparation, the food is served by staff and resident volunteers.
Good nutrition is paramount to the health of the residents – it is not an option. It is also a substantial part of the operating costs for the Akshaya Home. Three healthy meals a day for 450 residents costs approximately $1,000 US. It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to fulfill this important service to the residents of Akshaya Home.