Food for Life Vrindavan New Gift Festival

Food for Life Vrindavan New Gift Festival

Dear Friends, Food for Life Vrindavan New Year Gift Festival is here again. Thousands of very poor children every year on the first of January receive a gift pack from us. Last year we did 5,000 gift packs. This year we hope we can do the same. It cost US$ 5 for a gift pack, which includes a school bag, pencil, sharpener, toothbrush and toothpaste, a ball, chocolate, toffees and biscuit, a woolly hat for the coming winter and some hope… It is this time of the year again when we call upon you to help us gift smiles to Vrindavan’s poorest children. You know very well, we are their only hope! During this festive period, giving is on everyone’s mind, making someone happy is a treasure to share. And it’$ a fiver! We are not asking for the moon, just your pocket change to make a poor child happy like he has never been before. Send in your contribution today and please forward this message to anyone you know. We are confident that with your help we can do it again this year. You can donate online at or you can email to Please, download the slideshow now and forward it to you friends. We still have a long way to go and a little time left… Yours in service of Vrindavan poor children – Rupa Raghunath das About FFLV Food for Life Vrindavan is a humanitarian association officially recognized by the Indian government. For the last ten years, Food for Life Vrindavan has worked in the poorest villages in the Vrindavan area (120 Km south of New Delhi). Our work includes: food distribution basic medical assistance training courses for women drilling for drinking water and constructing water tanks assistance to the elderly and the disabled distribution […]

FOOD YOGA – the story behind Food for Life Global

Overview of Film Concept Food for Life is the world’s largest food relief serving over 2 million free meals daily. But so many people do not know about our work. Please help me raise awareness with the production of a new documentary film that will take you behind the scenes and tell the full story of how Food for Life started and what motives this volunteer-run organization to do so much and be so effective. As the international director, I am also a volunteer and I have been with Food for Life since 1983 starting as a volunteer in a free food cafe in Australia. In 1993, I left Australia to establish the world headquarters in Washington DC and have since that time traveled to more than 50 countries helping to establish new projects and train thousands of volunteers. This new film will shed light on the amazing work Food for Life Global does all over the world, as I visit projects and interview the unsung heroes of Food for Life Global — the men and women on the ground. Please help me make this new film a reality. [youtube][/youtube] The above candid video (8 min) was shot in 2006 but it gives the spirit of what this new project is aiming to achieve. The statistics have changed since this video was shot — we have gotten bigger! What We Need & What You Get We need money to fund the equipment and production of the new film. As you can see our budget is cheap. We expect to get a lot of help from our international affiliates, but this budget is the bare minimum to complete the project. $3000 – HD camera and equipment $3000 on travel $5000 on production and distribution of the film. For your contribution, we […]

Thanksgiving – a Day to Honor All Life

In the US, Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come together to reaffirm their love and appreciation for one another through the age-old custom of sharing food. Americans will eat more than 50 million turkeys on this day. Why do Americans think it necessary to slaughter so many innocent animals to show their love for each other? It is a sad commentary on modern society that we have so much to be thankful for, and yet we carve up innocent animals on major holidays to express that sentiment. And at what expense? Americans are getting fatter and sicker year after year. The three top causes of death – heart disease, cancer and diabetes – are all food related. Eating a greasy, fat-laden dead bird is not going to help matters. But millions do it anyway, in the name of tradition. The origins of the Thanksgiving celebration are not as blessed as most people think. Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American holiday, so much so that it is often considered one of their holy days and is almost universally celebrated by Americans around the world. Ironically, in truth, American families get together to celebrate one genocide (against Native Americans) by committing another (against turkeys). How can people celebrate in good faith and conscience? On Thanksgiving Day, Americans give thanks for being the invader, the exploiter, the greedy, the colonizer, the thief, indeed the genocidaire. As Mark Twain points out in his War Prayer: Wishing and being thankful for one’s own success and victory is, at the very same time, wishing and being thankful for another’s defeat and destruction. Do Americans really want to make these kinds of wishes and give these kinds of thanks? I do not wish to belabor the disturbing history that Thanksgiving represents, mainly because most people […]

Eat Your Way to Health – new book

The younger the plant part you eat, the younger and healthier you stay!!! You can go after perfect health… and get it! You can take the leaf, flower-bud, fruit, etc. diet as described in Bhagavad-Gita 9.26, and prevent or reverse degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes etc. The science is in — a healthy vegan diet works. Introducing: MADHAVA DAS’S PLANT LIFE CYCLE DIET. Since time immemorial the plant’s life cycle has been the key to health and longevity for man and animal alike. Find out the truth about what has gone wrong in the modern age and about how kindness, science and scripture can now save your life.  Learn how the plant life cycle and the Plant Life Cycle Diet can rejuvenate you to a state of paradisiacal health, happiness and beyond. Learn how to… Eat Your Way To Health! Testimonials “Thanks Madhava for all the explanation. I have read Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn, Pritikin and Dr. Campbell and am now trying to put all the information together and determine what I am comfortable with. . I loved all your information & how you summarized & harmonized everyone. I found it all very helpful.”  – Lori Pitkowsky – Cornell University Student “Very clever and effective. Humor and appeal to be current and up to date (not, God forbid, a “yesterday” person) works to get the message across.” – Margo Wood, Doctor of Education from Boston University, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and professor of Literacy Education at the University of Southern Maine. Price $16.99 plus $3.59 shipping direct to your door! About the Author Madhava Das, also known as “Dasa”, is president of and chief researcher at Nutritional Research Maui, and holds a Cornell University Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition. Before taking to healthy living, Dasa, as […]

New York FFL calling for help

45 Photos of the damage done by Sandy in NY On Friday, more than 3.7 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast remained without power. Disaster modeling company Eqecat estimated Hurricane Sandy caused up to $20 billion in insured losses and $50 billion in economic losses. At the high end of the range, Sandy would rank as the fourth costliest U.S. catastrophe, according to the Insurance Information Institute, behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino planned to visit Staten Island on Friday amid angry claims by some survivors that the borough had been ignored. Source: FOOD FOR LIFE ACTION Food for Life director in New York, Adi Purusa has been serving hot veg meals on a daily basis to underprivileged New Yorkers for decades. “Efforts are now underway to respond to the disaster as best as we can,” says Adi. “It is a way of saying, ‘I love you.’ And it doesn’t have to be a big display. Just a simple thing, giving somebody a plate of rice, vegetables, but they feel it.” To help Food for Life Global support the efforts of Adi Purusa and his FFL team in New York: Donate to the Food for Life Global 

The aftermath of Sandy – Haiti cries out for attention

Jonathan Watts in Port-au-Prince, writing for The Guardian newspaper report that, “Almost three years after the earthquake, 350,000 people in the capital of Port-au-Prince are still living in camps for displaced refugees. Over the past three years, hundreds of these refugees have been forced to flee from homes destroyed in the quake, to tents which have now been ripped and flooded in the storm, and to other temporary shelters. While much of the attention is being focused on New York, these people are still waiting for new tents and food supplies. You’d think these people would be upset over the lack of concern for their plight, but no, according to Watts, “the mood is more one of resignation that a catastrophe in a poor country is less of a story.” Although Haiti was only hit by Sandy’s tail, 54 people died and 20 are still missing. Prime minister Laurent Lamothe described Hurricane Sandy as a “disaster of major proportions”. Emmelie Prohete, a writer based in Port-au-Prince reckons: “This is not the first nor the last disaster we will have. We have seen so much worse that we are relieved there is only this.” What I personally found alarming was the fact that even before Hurricane Sandy, “Haiti had more cholera cases than the rest of the world put together. Almost 6% of the population have been affected and 7,500 people have died,’ writes Watts. The contrasts leave a sour taste in your mouth. The impact of Sandy seems to have played out in two different worlds. For example, Haitians hear on the radio how New Yorkers have suffered as a result of Sandy and they sympathise. But the reports that electricity was slowly being restored in New York contrasts dramatically with the fact that some villages in Haiti had no electricity to begin with! Dieula […]

Feeding 5000 movement teams up with Food for All

By Parasuram dasa 2,000 Years ago Jesus Christ fed the masses in an attempt to raise the consciousness of the others. Not much as changed in 2,000 years — people are just as materialistic and confused as ever. I have a friend, Tristan Stuart who organises events called, “Feed The 5,000″ all over England and now abroad. We are going to Dublin on the 24 November. Basically it’s a campaign to highlight the huge amount of food that goes to waste in these western countries that could be put to good use. Fruit and vegetables that are over produced, the wrong colour, size, or otherwise just ugly, like a banana that is straight or a carrot that has a bend is being senselessly thrown away! Food For All collects this kind of food daily, diverting it from landfills, and redistributing it in the form of delicious hot vegetarian meals (prasadam). It’s like taking gold from a dirty place. It is for this and other reasons, why Food for All got the UK recycling project of the year award in 2008, and more recently, why we got a grant from a landfill to make a beautiful garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford, England and turning it into a project where people with disabilities and people doing community service can get a chance to grow food for the temple. Cllr Jean Heywood said, “How can you put this sort of project into words. It is fantastic — bringing all parts of the community together – those who are able; those with disabilities; those on community payback, volunteers from all backgrounds, young and old, bringing together everyone, working on the land and growing so many things. There are no differences, it is pure enjoyment. This is a gorgeous place, transformed from disused […]

Feeding 1,000 Underprivileged: Food for Life Day in Hong Kong

By Lilamayi Radha das on 25 Oct 2012 On Sunday 7 October, volunteers from Food For Life Hong Kong and Deutsche Bank took part in a global initiative, Sewa Day 2012, which aims to cultivate acts of selfless service for the underprivileged in society. The event was branded as a success by many in the City in Hong Kong, and was the first time such collaboration had taken place in Hong Kong to deliver over 1,000 meals to the underprivileged, primarily the elderly. The vegetarian meals included a wholesome mixed vegetable curry, rice, and boiled greens. Sponsorship for the project was given by Deutsche Bank. One of DB’s Area Head’s, who sponsored this Food for Life project for Sewa Day, in addressing the volunteers, emphasised that ‘This is new age social action that fits the modern lifestyle.’ He remarked that, “People always donate financially to charities and organisations, but are looking for opportunities to give their time. Sewa Day is a great way for people to get together with like-minded volunteers and donate their time.” The founder and organizer of the initiative, Prashant Joshi from Ernst & Young LLP, had been inspired by a similar programme he had run in the UK for the past 2 years with the inaugural Sewa Day in 2010. The goal was to provide a means for those who work in the City to give back through giving their time in such activities. The distribution in the UK had taken place in Watford to the 350 homeless people that reside there in collaboration with homeless charity the New Hope Trust. The volunteers from the City of London cook at the Bhaktivedanta Manor kitchen. The project and partnership continues there. Coming to Hong Kong, Prashant intended to replicate at a minimum what had been set up […]

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