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Animal advocacy through religions – ISKCON and the dilemma of commercial dairy use

The annual Animal Rights Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to 1981. It is the only conference open to all points of view on achieving animal liberation. This year it was held on Aug 3 – 6 at the Hilton Hotel in Virginia, USA. FFL Director, Paul Rodney Turner, and his wife Juliana were representing Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary and Food for Life Global. Kosa Eli, the author of The Peaceable Forest was also there promoting her new book about Jaguars and saving the rainforest, and so too was Rangadevi dasi from Govinda’s Catering offering vegan cakes and desserts. Turner was invited to be on a panel titled: “Engaging Through Religion” (Engaging various religious denominations in animal advocacy). “I have been speaking at this conference since 1999 and typically I would give a talk on solutions to world hunger and a report on the work of Food for Life projects around the world,” he explained. “However, this panel topic was not suitable for that so I decided to lay out all the cards on the table for this panel.” The first speaker was, Jeffrey Cohan, the Executive Director of Jewish Veg, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and help Jews to transition to veganism. The 2nd speaker was Stephen R. Kaufman, MD, the chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association and vice-chair of the Medical Research Modernization Committee. His books include Guided by the Faith of Christ: Seeking to Stop Violence and Scapegoating. His articles include “Animal Research is Wasteful and Misleading” published in Scientific American with coauthor Dr. Neal Barnard. Next was Turner who explained how Krishna is praised as the transcendental cowherd boy and “Makhan Chor,” the butter thief. “There is no question that Krishna holds a supreme position in Hinduism,” he explained to the […]

FFL Mexico responds immediately to massive earthquake

Oaxaca, MEXICO: Food for Life Mexico was a first responder to magnitude 7.1 earthquake that rocked Mexico on September 19, the second to strike Mexico in as many weeks, killing at least 230 people in the capital and across five states. Officials said the toll was likely to rise. Food for Life Mexico, operated by ISKCON Mexico began serving hot vegan meals to people in Ixtaltepec, Tehuantepec, and Juchitan the next day. However, these areas now are very dangerous because of widespread looting and panic. Around 500 meals are served twice a day to local people who are now living in makeshift tents in front of their destroyed homes. More than 80 percent of the houses are destroyed. For breakfast, they are serving porridge with raisins and fruits and fresh bread, and in the evening a full meal of rice, vegetables, and dhal. “Things are absolutely chaotic here,” explained one of the volunteers. We are hardly sleeping. We are so busy now trying to feed people and that begins with trying to find food to make the meals. Everything is destroyed here!” Apparently, government officials have fear to enter the area because the thieves have been stealing phones and equipment at gunpoint. FFLG South American Coordinator, Juliana Castaneda Turner reported that the relief teams need better equipment, including larger pots, cooking spoons, refrigerator, and plates. “They are doing the best they can with what they have,” she explained. Currently, Food for Life Mexico is the only relief organization helping people with food. Local Krishna monks are also singing to the survivors as they take their meals to raise their spirit. UPDATE October 14, 2017 Meals continue to go out. Food for Life Global recently contributed $4200 from donations to help continue the work and purchase new equipment, including a new refrigerator and pots. To […]

Calling all Volunteers and FFL Teams

Natural disasters are a time for all of us to step and do what we can to help our fellow citizens. Food for Life Global has been a first-responder to some of the greatest natural disasters over the last 30 years. If you would like to help us to respond to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Jose, please fill in this form.

Food for Life Houston Serving Vegan Meals to Hurricane Survivors

HELP US HELP TEXAS FLOOD VICTIMS An estimated 21 trillion gallons of rain fell on the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, causing 51 inches of flooding in the worst hit places and resulting in over 1 million displaced people. Harvey’s devastating flooding brought back tough memories in New Orleans as Tuesday marked the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The death toll in Texas related to Hurricane Harvey rose to at least 37 Thursday morning, CNN reports. The Govinda’s vegetarian restaurant in Houston has been offering 300-400 free vegan meals to victims since the storm hit, however, they are now delivering free vegan meals to area shelters, including 200 hot meals to volunteers at the University of Houston who are doing volunteer service at various shelters. “The shelters don’t have vegan food for volunteers, so we stepped up,” says Shyamasundara, the ISKCON temple president. The temple is also offering spiritual counseling services for those in need and doing kirtan and prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Food for Life Global is collecting funds on behalf of the vegan food relief. Please donate to sponsor free vegan meals to those in need in Texas. More update coming soon… You can make a difference with a gift to Food for Life Global via our US partner A Well-Fed World. Your donation will help more people become free of hunger. We rely on people like you to help us continue our vital projects, so please do support us.

World’s First Cause-related Web Hosting Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FFL Hosting is the world’s first cause-related hosting service to directly tackle world hunger with free meals for needy children directly tied to sales of web services   Food for Life Global is the world’s largest free meal distribution charity, with 210 projects in over 60 countries serving up to 2 million meals daily. Established in 1995, the non-profit is now venturing into social entrepreneurship beginning with a partnership with Godaddy, the world’s biggest web host. The new venture called FFL Hosting www.fflhosting.com is offering to feed one needy child a freshly cooked vegan meal with every domain registered. And if a customer purchases the deluxe hosting package, FFL Hosting will feed a needy child for an entire year! “We would love to get more awareness for this noble enterprise,” says Paul Rodney Turner, the director of Food for Life Global. “Our charity is the most efficient food relief in the world, able to feed more children for less money than any other organization.” In December 2016, the charity reached the milestone of having served 4 billion free meals. “We expect to reach 5 billion meals served by the end of this year,” explained Turner. Through this new focus on social enterprise, Food for Life Global aims to expand and empower its international network of affiliates to rid the world of hunger once and for all. To learn more about Food for Life Global, visit www.ffl.org Paul R. Turner International Director & Co-founder Food for Life Global Ph 202 407 9090    

Food for All in London on PiTV

Food for All is an affiliate of Food for Life Global and one of the longest running free food programs in London. Recently, PiTV in London decided to document their work and they produced this 5-minute video showing how much the volunteers are appreciated by University students. To learn more about Food for All and how you can get involved visit http://foodforall.org.uk/

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation receives IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award

Source: Dandavats By Radha Krishna Das ISKCON Food Relief Foundation – Annamrita, an NGO affiliate of Food for Life Global that has been working tirelessly for nearly 13 years to fight classroom hunger and provide the underprivileged school children of India with wholesome nutritious meals has won the prestigious IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality award for the second year in a row. Inspired by Srila Prabhupada – the Founder Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness who was a true visionary and wanted to see a hunger-free world, the motto of Annamrita is to serve “Food as Pure as Nectar” to all. In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments and inestimable support from many philanthropic donors, corporates and well-wishers; Annamrita has grown from humble beginnings to serving just 900 students in one school, to today serving 1.2 million meals every day of which over 100,000 meals are served in Mumbai itself and nearly 300,000 meals daily in Maharashtra. The work received recognition and commendation through several awards and citations. This decision was preceded by 4 rounds which needed to be cleared; application and interview, then documentation, submissions and finally NGO site visits to the Mira Road and Tardeo kitchens that were both audited by a panel. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation finally won the Certificate of Merit in the NGO category. The Awards ceremony which was held at Y B Chavan Auditorium Mumbai on 16th March 2017 saw a gathering of eminent individuals from various sectors like FMCS, Transport, Finance, Healthcare and Social Work. The event was presided over by the esteemed panel consisting of Mr. Deepak Premnarayan – President IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Niraj Bajaj – Chairman, IMC RBNQ Award Trust, Mr. Suresh Lulla- Chairman IMC RBNQA as well as members of the […]

New branding for Food for Life Global

Over the last 22 years, Food for Life Global (FFLG) brand has gone through a few incarnations, but what has been consistent throughout has been our cartoon character Prasadam das (servant of holy food). However, in 2016, our creative partners at WordPlay Studios in Sydney, Australia took upon the task of rebranding the organization to better suit the organization in 2017. During the rebranding process, the team began with the following challenge: FFLG is facing some challenges that most companies and organizations face as they mature. These challenges are such things as staying relevant to your audience, standing out in a crowd and finding an emotional connection with people. In short, FFLG is doing HUGE things but isn’t getting the recognition it deserves. We have defined a set of objectives in which we will address in the brand evolution process. These objectives are as follows: Objectives Gain more brand awareness & visibility Promote spiritual equality as an end to world hunger Better position FFLG to raise funds Deliverables Marketing, Identity, Social Media, Website & video content Create an identity that communicates FFLG’s ethos & core values Branded communication documents Firstly they deconstructed the existing branding, looking at the underlying tone and messages Food for Life Global has communicated over the years. Every design they then created focused on delivering a core message. They then created a variety of initial concepts looking at visual motives of nature, geometry, marigold flowers, thali plates and other abstract symbols. When they related each symbol back to FFLG’s core purpose – to unite the world through pure food – these symbols weren’t completely resonating. They slept on these ideas and they still didn’t seem to be a match for the organization, its message, and its history. So they let those concepts settle and went back to the […]