Clinton serves food to schoolchildren

July 17, 2014 - 5:37:39 am

Jaipur: Former US president Bill Clinton yesterday visited a kitchen here run by an NGO to oversee a lunch programme that feeds over one million schoolchildren daily across India under the mid-day meal scheme.

The kitchen here is northern India’s largest run by Akshaya Patra Foundation. It feeds almost 150,000 people in Jaipur, including 125,000 schoolchildren studying in 1,100 government schools in Jaipur district.

Clinton was accorded a welcome by students of various schools holding flags of India and the United States.

This was Clinton’s third visit to Jaipur.

“Clinton visited the areas where rotis and curry were being cooked and the places where pulses were cleaned and stored. He also saw the rice cleaning machine and was really impressed by it,” said Madhu Pandit Dasa, chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. 

Clinton is on a five-country tour through Asia, visiting projects that work in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation.