Sunday, 15th May 2011 (Wataricho, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) — Last Sunday was one of biggest Food For Life relief efforts since the Tohoku Mega-Disaster in Japan. A sumptuous prasadam dinner was served to 980 people at three relief-camps.
In addition, over 1000 kilograms of fruits and vegetables were provided for breakfast meals for 1,375 people over next three days.
FFL Global Director, Shrikant Shah said, “These results were possible through tireless efforts of 41 volunteers from Food for Life, Agrawal Association Japan, Hindi Sabha, and the Tokyo Maheshwari Group who worked throughout the day and drove over 800 kms in a convoy of 8 cars and one truck!”
Shah, also explained that the planning and co-ordination of these services has itself been enormous. “We start planning on the following Monday for the next Sunday effort. It requires a whole week of careful coordination and planning. We are especially thankful for Akhilesh Ji for his help in this regard.”
A told of six food stalls were setup at the three shelters. The dinner consisted of two hot vegetarian curries (Chickpea masala curry and Paneer masala curry), fresh salad, home-made Thepla (Masala-flatbreads) and a wholemeal cookie. To the delight of all, a special sachet of Organic Tulsi Ginger tea (Caffeine FREE) was served.
“The dinner was relished by everyone and many requested for “O-kawari” (second helpings) of the curries,” explained volunteer coordinator, Madhu Mangal.
In serving these delicious meals, Food for Life volunteers try to be as sensitive to the feelings of the Japanese people, many of whom are still in a state of shock and depression. “We do our best to engage in positive conversations with them and also try to play with the children to uplift their spirits,” explained volunteer, Tapasvini Dasi.
Other volunteers included residents from Madhya Pradesh (MP), Ojima Indians, and Nishi Ojima Indians who pitched in enthusiastically to make the project a success.
Shrikant Shah, FFLG Japan director (+81-90-1469-6129 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Plan for coming weeks:
For coming weekend (May-22)
The Kofu Indian Group has pledged 14 volunteers to serve meals to 770 people at three shelters and also distribute 1000 kg fruits and vegetables.
The following week we plan serve around 1350 people, for which we will need many volunteers.
Food for Life Japan is now aiming to provide these food services on a daily basis for as long as possible. “As long as funding and volunteer support is there then we can keep this up,” said Shah.
If you are interested in helping, we urge you to come forward now and help.
Fruits and Vegetables for 3-days of breakfast:
➢ ORANGE 600 PCS
➢ APPLE 600 PCS
➢ GRAPEFRUITS 600 PCS
➢ BANANA 1,000 PCS
➢ MIKAN 600 PCS
➢ KIWI 300 PCS
➢ MELON 56 PCS
➢ LETTUCE 100 PCS.
➢ CUCUMBER 30 KG
➢ SPINACH 100 PACKS
➢ TOMATO 720 PCS
➢ CAULIFLOWER 100 PCS