Annamrita – Food for Life

Annamrita – Food for Life

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Food for Life Global’s principle affiliate, the Annamrita program, founded by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), believes in providing children with the right nutrition to support their education. IFRF’s Annamrita program is based on the belief that ‘you become what you eat’. The nutritious meals this program serves daily encourages over a million children to attend school. One of their goals is to help every child in India get a full education by providing wholesome meals. They are currently serving 1.2 million meals daily from 24 high-tech kitchens across 10 states. The Midday Meal Scheme was initiated by the Indian government and IFRF’s Annamrita service is a major partner setting the standard for quality community service. Annamrita means “food as pure as nectar.” Poverty and hunger in India are epidemic, with a majority of the population unable to get even one nutritious meal a day. The major factor behind this social calamity is a vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy that has gripped India for decades. Annamrita has resolved to liberate the underprivileged from this vicious cycle by serving children with the purist plantbased meals. The meals are not only strictly plantbased, but are also imbued with the spiritual ambience of annamrita’s hi-tech, super hygienic kitchen. They believe such pure food will nourish the mind, body and soul. The hot meal is prepared with the highest standards of hygiene and quality ingredients that meet the nutritional requirements of growing children. But most importantly, IFRF mixes a secret ingredient to the vegetable stew (kichdi) it serves – love, devotion and compassion that adds an unparallel taste of purity to the meal. For only 10 cents you can sponsor a meal That’s right, the Annamrita project is run so efficiently that they are able to serve a hot nourishing meal for as little as 10 cents on average. […]

One year anniversary of new state-of-the-art food relief kitchen

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NEWS from FFL Global’s principle affiliate, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF): 27/2/2013 – The Aurangabad kitchen, celebrated its first birthday on the 1st of February this year. The Midday Meals Program was started in full swing here on the 1st of February 2012, so celebrations for the yearlong achievement were definitely in order. In line with the ISKCON spirit, our celebrations were laced with the true virtues of service and work. Our work of service continued even on this day, in parallel with our festivities. Annamrita’s Aurangabad kitchen saw visits from some distinguished guests in the form of Mayor Mrs. Kalatai Oza and Municipal Commissioner Dr. Purushottam Bhapkar on this birthday. Their visit was as much fun for us as we are sure it was for them, for it gave us an opportunity to ‘sparkle’ in our good deeds. We proudly took them on a tour of the facility and impressed our advanced infrastructural kitchen assets, as well as our hygiene and quality maintenance upon them. Later, the two were felicitated in Annamrita’s traditional style and were even served some of our delicious food. Additionally, the day was made extra special for us, when the children we strive to serve came to give us a visit too. Students from a nearby school came to visit us as part of a project visit. We welcomed them with food and gifts. Each student was given a compass box as a memento for the time spent exploring our facility. The true enjoyment of our birthday can singularly be attributed to the visit of these children for it is really the act of ‘feeding hungry children’ that gives meaning to our existence. Annamrita’s Aurangabad kitchen thanks them all; esteemed Mayor, distinguished Municipal Commissioner and our little friends for making our first birthday celebrations out to be […]