Free lunch for 7000 proposed

Free lunch for 7000 proposed


Mike Dinsdale 24th Jun 2013 12:00 PM A Northland religious group wants to give free lunches to the region’s 7000-plus students at low-decile schools and is about to go to the Government with a proposal for the scheme. The Hare Krishna community runs the Food For Life Centre in Whangarei that provides koha meals to the public and gives a free hot lunch to 350 students at Whangarei’s Manaia View and Otangarei Schools once a week. Whangarei Food For Life Centre co-ordinator Buddhi Wilcox said the centre was working on a proposal to put to the Government to extend its food-in-schools programme to provide free hot lunches to the 7000-plus students at low-decile primary schools in Northland. Mr Wilcox said Manaia View and Otangarei Schools were noticing the benefits of a free lunch for its students and Food For Life wanted to extend the programme to run along similar lines to Food For Life programmes overseas. In India one Food For Life Centre provides 100,000 free school meals every day, the centre providing half the money and the Indian Government the rest, and Mr Wilcox said providing a healthy, hot lunch to roughly 7000 students at low-decile Northland would cost about $2 for each meal. “We’d hope the Government could pay $1 of that and we would fundraise to pay the other $1. It’s not expensive, but it gives the students who need it most a hot, healthy meal,” he said. Mr Wilcox will ask Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira to take the centre’s proposal to the Government. Mr Harawira has his own Feed the Kids Bill before Parliament that focuses on ensuring every child at every decile-one to two school gets a decent breakfast and lunch. Manaia View School principal Leanne Otene said earlier that research showed a healthy […]

Food for Life Hong Kong


A relatively new affiliate of Food for Life Global is the Food for Life Hong Kong (FFLHK) project operating out of the ISKCON Bhakti Yoga Centre in Tsim Tsa Tsui. The volunteers have been serving meals to underprivileged children and elders in the city a few times a month, however, now with the support of local bankers, they plan to expand the service. The typically serve Chinese-style vegan meals, like vegetables and noodes, spring rolls, rice and puddings. On June 4, FFLHK public relations coordinator, Prashant Joshi organized a volunteer appreciation dinner at the Ernst & Young offices in downtown Hong Kong. Supporters included staff from Deutsche Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Ernst & Young. Mr. Dixit Joshi and Sukrit Khatri, Deutsche Bank also awarded FFLHK the House of Lords Award – service for humanity and the SEWA Pioneering Award. Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner was the guest speaker on the night and he gave an overview of the NGO’s international scope of work, as well as praise the tremendous efforts of all the local volunteers, that included children of the financial supporters. The children were asked to share their experiences and when asked by Paul, “Who would like to start their own Food for Life project,” every one of them raised their hands in excitement. The evening was capped off with a lovely dinner prepared by the FFLHK team headed by Siromani Dasi. To learn more about Food for Life Hong Kong, visit: PHOTO ALBUM