Food for Life in Nepal – Over 55,000 meals served and now medical care

Food for Life in Nepal – Over 55,000 meals served and now medical care

Based on a report by Dr. Sanjiv Gupta & Brijesh Lacoul 29th April 2015, Kathmandu — Food for life Nepal has been distributing prasadam daily to the victims of the disastrous earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25th. The small non-profit was a first responder and is still one of the few organizations serving hot meals in the city and surrounding areas.  The volunteers have been distributing Khichadi, a bean, rice and vegetable stew that is very popular in the region and highly nutritious.  On Day 4, the FFL teams served out 5500 hot meals in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and 8000 meals in Bhaktapur victims, bringing the total to 55,000 over the last four days. In Kathmandu, meals were served at many hospitals housing large numbers of victims and to homeless families living in parks and at bus stops. “In Bhaktapur, the whole town is practically living on the streets” reported Gupta . “None of the houses are safe to live in because aftershocks are still going on. People are living in tents and whatever shelter they can find and they have no cooking utensils. Food for Life is their only source of healthy cooked meals.” The survivors are appreciating the endeavors of the volunteers, who are boosting their spirits with hot meals, a smile and singing. Food for Life Nepal is also extending their services to include a full-scale health facility, set up by a team of 13 doctors and nurses from The Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. This team together with ISKCON Nepal doctors make up a team of 28 members comprising of 7 Specialist from Mumbai, 5 Specialist from Nepal, 12 Paramedical staff and 4 Medical Volunteers. On the first day (29th April) the medical team set up camps at Padma College, near Durbar Square Gate, Bhaktapur. They divided their teams […]

Food for Life Nepal – 40,000 meals served so far

Kathmandu, Nepal – April 29, 2015 — Food for Life Nepal again got the opportunity to serve the needy in Kathmandu. Volunteers are doing all they can to reach as many people as possible, despite the challenging conditions. Teams are taking turns to cook and distribute hot vegan meals in shifts. “The meals are fresh and nutritious and the volunteers are putting in a full effort to service the victims,” reports Ram Tulasi das from Bhaktipur. “The more funds we can raise, the more we can serve these people! Please keep sharing your love, care and prayers to the people of Nepal. Please donate. Every dollar makes a huge difference. Nothing is too small.” Food for Life Nepal – a unique example of non-discriminating food relief ISKCON Nepal president, Rama Hari Das reports: “In Sankhu (16 km from Kathmandu), the houses along the road had been destroyed. The debris lay along the pavement of the road. There, the people were without food and shelter. When FFL volunteers went around distributing prasadam (blessed vegan meals), the people were highly appreciative of the non-discriminatory work done. They praised how this should be the standard for those who were willing to lend a helping hand. Anyone from any religious background or political background or any caste was freely given a healthy portion of prasadam. Upon inquiry, it was found that earlier members of the political parties had come to distribute blankets, packaged food and water, but they singled out their cadres and handed relief materials to them. We have not come across any other organization that has been providing hot meals to the victims of the earthquake. “As prasadam was being distributed in Patan, the volunteers came across a well-off family. Unfortunately their dwelling suffered extensive damage and were forced to reside on the road. They […]

Food and medical care being provided by ISKCON Kathmandu

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Food for Life Global affiliate, ISKCON Kathmandu temple was spared from major damage due the massive 7.9 earthquake that hit the region on Saturday. “The temple suffered cracks, but the monks living inside the building are all safe and sound,” reported a temple staff member. “The quake is now known to have injured at least 7,000 people. Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes. Several aftershocks have been reported – the latest on Monday night,” reported the BBC.  “Most of our congregation members are safe and around 400 of them have taken shelter inside the temple, explained Purusottama swami. “Temple authorities are also trying their best to help people in the affected areas by distributing prasadam (blessed vegan meals) to them.” Food for Life emergency relief volunteers from Mayapur and Siliguri in West Bengal attempted to go to Kathmandu to offer help, but failed because of the lack of accessible roads. Congestion at Kathmandu’s airport has also caused delays for relief teams from around the world, with Indian TV reporting that an Indian relief flight was forced to turn back. Kathmandu airport is running out of parking bays. “Water is becoming scarce and there are fears that children in particular could be at risk of disease. Even residents of some of the city’s smarter neighbourhoods are sleeping on carpets and mattresses outside their homes,” reported the BBC.  ISKCON regional secretary for Nepal, Patri prabhu reported that ISKCON Kolkata was working with the Indian government to send $8000 in food supplies and cooking equipment through Air India cargo flights for the Food for Life volunteers in Kathmandu. “Cracked roads, landslides and demolished houses have made it difficult to move around [the city] and basic facilities, including communication and electricity are difficult….ISKCON […]

Earthquake devastates Kathmandu – FFLG to respond with hot meals

Over 1400 are known to have been killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, in Nepal. The military are battling against time to save unknown numbers of people feared trapped under rubble while medical workers have been stretched to their limits caring for nearly 2000 people injured by the disaster.  Throughout the day, tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest where at least 10 climbers were crushed alive in avalanches. The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre. Famous UNESCO sites like the “Darahar tower” have been reduced to rubble. Food for Life Global affiliate, ISKCON Kathmandu are doing what they can to respond to the emergency with hot vegan meals. However, not much is known at this time.  DONATE TODAY TO HELP US DISTRIBUTE HOT MEALS “We are appealing to our supporters to please donate to this effort by making donations via our website to help fund our emergency response,” said Food for Life Global director, Paul Rodney Turner. “FFLG emergency personnel from other countries are ready to fly over to assist our Nepalese team, including, Bruce Webster, who oversaw the earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010.”  

Hungry Harvest collaborates with Food for Life Baltimore

“Hungry Harvest is a mission-driven organization that strives to eliminate food waste and eradicate hunger in the United States, starting with Maryland. They take fresh, surplus fruits and vegetables from local farms and wholesalers around the Mid-Atlantic and deliver it once a week. In addition, for every bag they deliver, they donate a bag to a person in need in the community. Food Waste 6 billion pounds of produce goes to waste for unfathomable reasons each year while just around the DC/MD community, ten of thousands of families cannot afford healthy meals each week. Hungry Harvest partners with various donation partners and families to donate healthy fruits and vegetables to them.  Co-founder of Hungry Harvest, John Zamora contacted Food for Life Baltimore to see what produce they could use for their free meal program. “For the past 3 weeks we have been donating to the Baltimore chapter of Food For Life run by Lalit and Vidarbha Agarwal,” explained John. One might ask, ‘what comes in each bag since it’s surplus?’ Each week, Hungry Harvest delivers has a variety —  from carrots, apples, potatoes and squash to strawberries, onions, kale, and pears. Some fruit might be funny shaped, oversized, or under-sized, but  they don’t discriminate since it all tastes the same! Their website is www.hungryharvest.net if you are interested in photos of their beautiful, quirky produce.  To date, Hungry Harvest has recovered over 150,000 pounds of produce from going to waste and has donated over 75,000 pounds to those in need in the community.  Sign up for Hungry Harvest, and make a difference. You buy one, you give one. Another piece of their social mission is that they now hire men from a local homeless shelter to help them get back on their feet. So far, 7 homeless men have been hired from the shelter for part-time […]

US Vegweek April 20-26

Our friends at Compassion Over Killing are promoting US VEGWEEK. Their campaign page explains the reasons: Kicking off near Earth Day, US VegWeek encourages people to explore the many benefits of vegetarian eating by taking the 7-Day VegPledge. Be healthy, save the environment, protect farmed animals, and eat a ton of tasty food! Food for Life Global fully supports this noble and innovative idea to help encourage people to get away from eating meat for at least one week for all the right reasons. And there are plenty of them, for example, US VEGWEEK is celebrated during the same week as Earth Day to highlight the positive impact a plant-based diet has on the environment. According to the US Dietary Advisory Committee’s 2015 report, a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average US diet,” explained Congresswoman Gabbard. “As a lifelong vegetarian, I am proud to support US VegWeek and encourage others to take the 7-Day VegPledge. Centering your diet around plant-based foods also has a positive impact on our environment and improving public health,” she said. Congresswoman Gabbard is a practicing Vaisnava, a spiritual culture built on compassion for all animals, especially cows. The tradition promotes spiritual equality for all beings, as does Food for Life Global. Why is this a good thing? Taking a pledge to avoid meat and dairy for one week will have a tremendous impact on your life, what to speak of the live’s of animals and the planet. It has been well documented how much damage is caused to the environment by the factory farming of animals. Indeed, the livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to water pollution […]