Feeding 5000 movement teams up with Food for All

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 […]

FFL Global’s new affiliate in NZ having an impact

The Food For Life Centre, run by the Hare Krishna movement in Auckland, provides free meals for the city’s poor and hard up. Spokesman Buddhi Wilcox said the aim of the free lunches once a week was to show healthy food could be provided en masse cheaply. Providing free healthy hot lunches in low-decile schools is how a cafe aims to beat child hunger. Hare Krishna Food For Life has launched a programme at Manaia View School with a free lunch for all 230 students, plus teachers and guests. Co-ordinator Buddhi Wilcox says the first step is providing a free, nutritious vegetarian meal for everyone at the school one day a week. But with more funding the scheme could easily expand to more low-decile schools. “There are 1700 children a day turning up to school without breakfast or lunch just in Whangarei – the potential is huge.” Hare Krishna Food For Life already provides lunches for a donation at its Water St cafe three days a week. Full Story: Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/whangarei-leader/7816315/Fill-kids-tummies

World Food Day – How about a new perspective?

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme. Background The World Food Day theme for 2012 is “Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world”. World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in November 1945. The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr. Pál Romány has played an active role at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. Despite the enormous efforts centred around World Food Day, with an aim to raise awareness of food security, amazingly, solving world hunger and creating food security seem to an elusive goal. Mortality According to Jean Ziegler(the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for 2000 to March 2008), mortality due to malnutrition accounted for 58 percent of the total mortality in 2006: “In the world, approximately 62 million people, all causes of death combined, die each year. One in twelve people worldwide is malnourished and according to the Save the Children 2012 report, one in four of the world’s children are chronically malnourished.[115] In 2006, more than 36 million died of hunger or diseases due to deficiencies in micronutrients”.[116] According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases.[117] Six million children die of hunger every year.[118] Underweight births and intrauterine growth restrictions cause 2.2 million child deaths […]