FFL in Belgium – grassroots community service
Food for Life Belgium has been distributing nutritious vegan meals since 1997. The project first started in Antwerpen where they have consistently served more than 100 hot meals a week from their simple outdoor table set-up in the centre of town.
Operating out of the ISKCON Radhadesh temple in Durbuy, volunteers have organized a weekly food distribution program in Liege, providing hot vegetarian meals for senior citizens, the homeless, students, and street artists.
Manager for the project, Rick Haverbus believes, this simple approach to helping the community can be done by anyone. “In the last 15 years our small team has served more than 100,000 hot meals. I think just about anyone with a little bit of sincerity and some basic culinary skills could do the same.”
Recently, South African athlete and Food for Life Ambassador Cindy Peters, helped inaugurate the “Happy Cookies in Belgium” project on Valentines day.
The charity cooperates with many other non-profits in the city, including, Homes for Elderly and The Red Cross in South Belgium.
- Current weekly distribution: 150 – 300 meals in Liege
- Recipients: Senior citizens, homeless, students, and street artists
- Menu: A variety of hot nutritious vegan meals
- Kitchen: Meals are prepared at ISKCON Radhadesh temple and then distributed in Liege, as well in Brussels and Durbuy via the Happy Cookies program.
- Total meals distributed to date: More than 140,000
Report by Mukunda Das, FFLG European Director
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