Many of you are aware that I’ve been involved with Food for Life for 35 years now. My first service when I became a monk was preparing and serving meals to underprivileged at one of the first Food for Life projects in Australia. A lot has happened since then, including expanding into 60 countries and reaching a milestone of our 211 affiliates serving 5 billion free meals on May 15th this year. But what is our future vision for Food for Life? And how do we see our strategy solving world hunger? Some of you might have read this article I wrote many years back where I lay out our essential philosophy and strategy for solving world hunger. Essentially, we propose that the way to solve world hunger is by addressing the root cause — spiritual inequality — which has led to a greedy world where the abundant resources are not equitably distributed. Our vision for how we expect to achieve that goal, however, has taken on a new twist. Certainly, our fundamental activities of supporting our affiliates through grants, education, and training will continue, however, we have come to realize that in this age of corporatocracy where business rules everything, it behooves us to fight where the fight is taking place and bring Food for Life Global’s cost-efficiency and purity to the exciting and innovative world of blockchain. I am only going to tease you in this article and not release much more details. What I will tell you is that we are setting up a social enterprise, independent of the charity whose primary purpose will be to empower and fund Food for Life Global’s mission. If you would like to learn more about this social enterprise and hear about investment opportunities, you can join our mailing list.
Would you like to join our team? Our new office in the US is in need of some virtual volunteers. If you have the skills and the passion you can join our new virtual team of volunteers that help power FFLGA to serve needy children a delicious vegan meal. What are the Opportunities? CRM Expert We are setting up a new Zoho account and need assistance with that. If you are expert using CRMs or specifically with Zoho CRM, then we would love to have you join our team. Volunteer will help us set up the system to optimize donor management and cultivation. Apply Now SEO Expert We are in need of someone with SEO skills to go through our website and improve it. The first thing would be to run an SEO audit and then go through each area that needs fixing. The ideal person will have experience and references to share with us. Apply Now Social Media Marketing If you want to sharpen your skills in Social Media Marketing while also following your passion to help a good cause, we have the opportunity for you at Food for Life Global. We need people with experience to help promote and drive engagement on our Facebook page and Instagram. You will be expected to create inspiring memes and posts to encourage people to support the cause through advocacy or donations. Apply Now Grant writer Would you like to use your grant writing skills to help our non-profit raise funds to support our feeding, operations, and advocacy work? We are in need of 1 or 2 people to help us apply for grants. The job will include research and preparing template materials for future applications. We would prefer someone with experience and a proven a track record. Apply Now We look […]
London, UK, March 2018 — Parasurama das (aka Para) the ever-exuberant and hardest working social worker in London has expanded his 20-year old Food for All feeding program by establishing a new facility called the “Krishna Castle.” The Romans founded London about 50 AD. Its name is derived from the Celtic word Londinios, which means “the place of the bold one.” In this same spirit, Parasurama and his team of volunteers were bold for Krishna by building the Krishna Castle in the heart of London, Holborn. In his newsletter, he wrote: “One of the main builders was “Bhima the Giant” (over seven foot seven tall, a famous movie actor) and so nothing short of a castle would be good enough for him and the Pancha Tatva Deities.” The castle is located in the student area, so Parasurama and his team plan to distribute 2,500 free healthy meals daily to the student community, by having 4 cargo rickshaws full of hot meals going to the SOAS, UCL, LSE and Kings University. Along with the hot meals, they are building a mobile exhibition to sell books, and do weekly kirtans and festivals. The new initiative will not only help students but also reach out to the homeless and poor school children. According to the latest statistics, 25% of children from lower-income families go to school hungry. *Note: This is a not a 100% vegan project. Although it is vegetarian. Even a major snowstorm does not slow them down Even in the harshest snowy weather, in keeping with Prabhupada’s wish that “no one goes hungry within 10 miles of any temple,” Parasuram and his valiant FFA team keep their commitment to feed the hungry. Food For All (FFA) is a registered charity based in London that distributes 1,000 enriched nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals, to different groups of […]
Yes, we will feed 100,000 needy children if you help us reach $10,000 Background Food for Life Global was originally founded in 1994 and registered as a 501c3 in 1995 in Potomac, MD. In 2014, we moved our office to the Western European country of Slovenia. However, we’ve come to realize that to be most effective supporting our affiliates and regional representatives we need to establish regional offices. In pursuit of this new direction, we’ve recently re-established our presence in the US as Food for Life Global – Americas (FFLGA). This office will focus on the Americas (Canada, USA, Central and South America) and our Slovenian office will now become the Western European regional office. We are in the process of acquiring our 501c3 status but in the meantime, any donations to FFLGA will still be tax deductible in 2019. Our future plans are to open regional offices for Australasia, Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and Africa – Middle East. To date, Food for Life Global affiliates have served over 4.8 billion meals in 60 countries and our plan is to support this expansion so that hunger is totally eradicated from the planet. Right now we are calling on our supporters to help us kickstart this new office in the US and we have a special offer for you. Become a Founder Member Choose one of our founder member gold cards that are embedded with a pure gold ingot and feed thousands of needy children. However, every donation helps. So please dig deep and help us continue our important work. 100% of the donations will benefit Food for Life Global – Americas and our important service to expand pure food (prasadam) relief around the world. Thank you, Paul Rodney Turner Founder and President
Today, I want to share a summary of my journey with Food for Life Global. I started my career with Food for Life as a young monk in Sydney. I was 20 years-old when I got started and was one of the early pioneers of the project in the 80s in Australia. My big contribution back then was to demonstrate how effectively FFL was as a communications tool to inspire all kinds of people to participate in this service and assimilate its message of equality. I took a lead role in developing Food for Life in Australia and in 1991, I managed the celebration of the serving of the 2-millionth free meal in Sydney, where Clover Moore cut the cake. I launched the Food for Life International newsletter, writing it on my Mac+ computer, cutting and pasting photos, reproducing it on a copy machine, stapling pages together and then sending the newsletter out to ISKCON temples all around the world with my own money. In 1993, I left Australia as a monk and started lecturing and training others to start their own FFL project in Eastern Europe and Asia. During one travel stint I visited 44 cities in Eastern Europe in 2 months, lecturing morning and evening. in 1994, I settled in the US to establish the first-ever headquarters for what was then a grassroots operations in about 10 countries. Food for Life Global was originally founded by myself and my mentor, Mukunda Goswami in 1994 and registered as a 501c3 in 1995 in Potomac, MD. One of the first things I did was build a website in 1995, way before most larger companies had a presence on the web. Sadly, there are no records of that very early website but there are from as early as 1998 on the […]
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.
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.
Since starting as a grassroots project in India in 1974, Food for Life Global has expanded to now include 210 projects in 60 countries serving up to 2 million meals daily. And on December 30th we will hit the 4 Billion Meal mark! “This is truly astonishing,” says Paul Rodney Turner, the director and co-founder of Food for Life Global. “And to think that it is highly probable that FFLG network of affiliates has served even more meals than this is mind boggling.” Yes, the numbers we are using to calculate the current distribution rate and volume over the last 42 years are based on conservative estimates and do not include all projects over history, simply because many projects closed down, many did not maintain accurate logs of meals distributed, and many do not report numbers at all. Since the inspirational “founding” of Hare Krishna Food for Life when the founder/acharya of ISKCON, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada told his students, “No one should go hungry within 10 miles of our temple,” volunteers have set up projects in more than 60 countries. For the first 19 years of Food for Life’s history, it remained a grassroots operation, with no formal headquarters, training materials, or guidelines. Then in 1993, Turner released the first official Food for Life Training manual that covered all aspects of how to set up, manage, promote, and support a Food for Life project. That same year he left his native country of Australia and began helping volunteers around the world start their own project. Then in 1995, Food for Life Global was officially established in Potomac, MD, USA to serve as the headquarters and training and support office for all Hare Krishna Food for Life projects around the world. Around 2005, Turner released a new book called, […]