Food for Life in Japan – Week 2

Food for Life in Japan – Week 2

April 24, 2011, Miyagi, Japan — Food for Life Global affiliate FFL Japan provided over 1000 kgs of fresh fruits and vegetables on Sunday to shelters in Wataricho Shiyakysho in the Miyagi-ken district. To make the food a special offering to the people of Miyagi, on Saturday, the volunteers first unloaded the produce in front of the ISKCON Cultural Centre altar and offered prayers so that the food would be blessed and purified. “We call this high energy food,” said temple president, Naganatana Das. “By doing this the food becomes nourishing for body, mind and soul, he explained.” The 1000 kgs of produce was then loaded back onto the truck in preparation for the long 5 hour drive the following morning. Mr. Fujita-san and Mr. Murata-San arose early in the morning to drive the produce to the shelters passing by the edge of the radiation zone along the way. FFL Director for Japan, Shrikant Shah, talks about the food distribution. FFL Global YOUTUBE CHANNEL Week 3 Plans “We plan to provide cooked meals for 726 people at two of the shelters when we go next Sunday,” said FFL Global director for Japan, Shrikant Shah. “Our aim is to continue this effort for the next 6 weeks and hopefully beyond,” he explained. The task of acquiring so much produce, purifying it and then making the long treck to Miyagi every Sunday is a huge task for this small group of volunteers. Food for Life Japan is a very small NGO with only a handfull of fulltime volunteers. “Most of the help is coming from members of the Indian business community who are donating money and their valuable time to keep the effort going,” said Volunteer coordinator Madhu Mangala Das. “Even their children are getting involved.” Last Sundays efforts were supported by donations from Food […]

“They were so happy!” – Food for Life in Japan

APRIL 17th – Miyagi prefecture, Japan — Food for Life Global affiliates ISKCON Japan and Govindas Restaurant with the generous support of international and local donors embarked on a 5 hour car ride from Tokyo to five refugee shelters in North Eastern Japan. Cooks from the Govindas restaurant in Funabori (Tokyo) began cooking around 3.30am. At 5.30am a convoy of three SUVs filled with cooked food and fresh fruits and vegetables, left Govinda’s vegetarian restaurant, finally arriving at the first of five shelters in the Miyagi prefecture around 11am Sunday morning. Distribution took place in the towns of Iwanuma, Watari and Natori which are all located in Miyagi prefecture. “The people were so happy to receive the meal,” explained volunteers Purnima Shah and Arati Doshi. At most of the refugee shelters around Japan a typical meal consists of rice and miso soup. Food for Life’s tasty vegan curry, salad, snack bars, and bread was a welcome change. Along with the cooked lunch, over 800 kgs of fresh fruit and vegetables were also donated including, lettuce, ninepin, daikon radish, carrots, potatoes, Green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, green peas, negi, ko negi, ingen, chingensai, horensou, shunpike, mizuna, reckon, satsumaimo, cabbage and 20 boxes of tomatoes, 600 bananas, 300 apple, 300 oranges and 200 grapefruits. Some of the shelters also received face masks, goggles, toiletries, and other personal products. Donations for the relief efforts came from: Food for Life Global 400,000 Yen Anup Agrawal 200,000 Yen Raghupati Rapelli 10,000 Yen Shrikant and Purnima Shah 161,000 Yen Sailesh and Arati Doshi (Fruits and vegetables) Vaisheshika Das 58471 Yen Sukhada Devi 16766 Yen Nirmal Yoga studio: 46000 Yen Vancha Atita Das (Hide Azuma): 10000 Yen FFL Volunteers from Tokyo included: Madhumangal Das, Shrikant and Purnima Shah, Bhaktavatsal Das, Sailesh and Arati Doshi, Hide San, Chihiro Mataji, Nakamura San, […]

FFL Global in Japan

Food for Life Global continues to work with our affilate ISKCON Japan to find a way to provide relief to the survivors in Japan. The challenges are enormous for everyone in Japan at the moment, including the relief workers. This event is turning out to be the biggest nuclear disaster in history. And it is therefore rather suspicious why the media is failing to cover it extensively now. Millions of people are being affected by this disaster. FFL Global is a small NGO, but we have always tried to do our best to provide quality services when the need arose. Our capacity may not be large, but we are extremely efficient. On average, our volunteers can serve a complete plant-based meal for as little as 15 cents in developing countries and around 50 cents in developed countries. Food for Life Global has recently wired funds to our affiliate in Japan to help them with their work. As details of those efforts become available, we will post them here. For those familiar with FFLG’s work in Haiti, here is a summary presentation of FFLG’s at that major disaster. [youtube][/youtube]