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  • Narrator] This is what it sounds like when 3,500 people are eating together.

  • And another 3,500.

  • And another.

  • In total, today, the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra, India

  • will serve lunch to at least 40,000 people for free.

  • And this happens every day, 365 days a year.

  • The temple was built in 2008, around a specific philosophy by spiritual leader Sai Baba.

  • Baba always said that each and every person should get food to eat and water to drink.

  • This is the man in charge.

  • My name is Sanjay Laxman Kumbar.

  • I work as the supervisor here in the dining hall.

  • He supervises the kitchen, or mega kitchen,

  • as this is one of the largest in Asia.

  • The day, it starts at 6:30 in the morning.

  • The work is done in two shifts, with 300 people working per shift.

  • In total, 600 people work in the dining hall and kitchen everyday.

  • The dining hall starts [serving food] at 10 AM and stops at 10 PM.

  • Some people are cooking vegetables.

  • Some clean utensils.

  • Some are responsible for the bread.

  • You get it.

  • Every day, the meal is different.

  • But the ratio is always the same.

  • One plate consists of one green vegetable and one bean vegetable, lentils, bread, rice.

  • All these things we give to everyone.

  • To make these plates for 40,000 people a day,

  • it takes a lot of food.

  • Here are the numbers.

  • 3.3 tons of bread.

  • Two tons of vegetables.

  • Nearly one ton of lentils.

  • And half a ton of dessert.

  • Now, to make all this food,

  • the kitchen requires a lot of power.

  • This is second biggest solar project in Asia.

  • The roof is covered in solar panels.

  • So, it's clear this temple's initiatives are something to be proud of.

  • I want everyone to leave here satisfied.

  • That's what makes me happy. I don't need anything else.

Narrator] This is what it sounds like when 3,500 people are eating together.

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The Kitchen Serving 40,000 People a Day

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    April Lu posted on 2018/11/01
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