Free Lunch Served at the European Parliament to Highlight Food Waste Issue

Free Lunch Served at the European Parliament to Highlight Food Waste Issue

We the undersigned want to challenge the current model of production and consumption and build on alternative ways that are good for the planet, animals and people. We support a truly sustainable system which focuses on nutritional quality, on preservation of soil and biodiversity, on protecting farmers’ livelihoods as well as animal welfare, on reducing waste and adulteration in the food supply and on true long-term solutions rather than the false quick fixes of fertilisers, pesticides and GMOs. The Free Lunch is a sustainable food event being organised by Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International, Beyond GM & Food for Life Global and the Sustainable Food Systems Group.  The Free Lunch is being facilitated by the kind help of Elite Events, Dolma – Restaurant végétarien, Bakkerij Filip, the Gleaning Network Belgium and Feedback. Here are some pictures: We have distributed nearly 1500 meals on Esplanade at the European Parliament and to refugees in Maximilian Park in Brussels. You may have heard that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, we are offering just that. Not only is this lunch free from meat, dairy, egg, sugar, additives, pesticides, and GMOs, it will free up waste by using surplus vegetables. Choosing seasonal, locally grown delicious plant-based meals frees up land, water and other resources, such as fossil fuels, used to produce animal products. Plant-based meals free biodiversity from the threats of industrial food production, and free animals from lifelong confinement and suffering. And, making regular plant-based meal choices can help free you from the increased risk of dietary related non-communicable diseases. Break free with a free lunch!

EU NGOs and MEPs Dish up Free and Sustainable Fare


SPECIAL EVENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29th September 2015, European Parliament Esplanade, Brussels — Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch – and on 29th September 2015 a coalition of NGOs and MEPs are offering just that. The Free Lunch is a culinary, cultural and political public event co-organised by Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, Food for Life Global, Beyond GM and the European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Systems Group. The organisers will serve up to 1000 free lunches to Members of the European Parliament, Parliamentary staff and visitors, European Commission officials and members of the public. Additional food prepared during the event will be donated to the refugees camped at the Maximilian Park in Brussels. Food for thought This lunch – which will be made from surplus or aesthetically imperfect vegetables – is free of artificial additives and GMOs, does not contain animal products and will free up waste by using food that would otherwise be thrown away. The event will highlight that fact that current EU food system – indeed the global food system – produces unacceptable quantities of food waste and that our consumption habits, in particular our overconsumption of animal-derived foods, causes huge quantities of resource loss and environmental damage, encourages large GMO monocultures of maize and soya, not to mention causing untold and unnecessary suffering for animals and an increase in the risk of food-related non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, in humans. The need for change The lunch will serve as an example of the food that is endorsed by the organisers: ecological, ethical, healthy, safe, affordable and tasty. The organisers will distribute informational materials on healthy and sustainable food and be joined by a range of expert speakers. The event will also highlight a number of […]

What good is a $1 donation? More than you can imagine

I have been running charities since 1989 when I registered by my first non-profit in Australia, called Hare Krishna Food for Life Hunter Valley. Back then I was a monk and while full of enthusiasm, I had much to learn when it came to donor relations. You can’t just expect people to give without asking them and most people will if you ask them the right way at the right time. However, something odd has been happening over the last 10 years that has tremendously impacted the non-profit sector — donor fatigue. Interest in supporting poverty, hunger and animal welfare have significantly declined over the last decade according to Google Trends. Maybe it’s because there are so many good causes in need these days, and many people find it hard to choose what one is better than the other. Added to this avalanche of good causes you also have an unstable US dollar, an estimated 48 million US citizens on food stamps, an increase in military activity with talk of marshal law, it is no wonder that people are shy to hand over their hard-earned dollars. They have other things on their minds, closer to home. The gap in income between rich and poor is greater in the United States than in any other developed country. Starting in the 1980s rates have consistently exceeded those of other wealthy nations. Half of the U.S. population lives in poverty or is low-income, according to U.S. census data. According to a survey by the Associated Press, four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives. I can fully empathize with this. With pessimism soaring off the charts, and money so scarce, many people are probably wondering what good will their small donation do in the […]

Refugees Find Comfort in Free FFLG Meals Throughout Europe


FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF – Ljubljana, Slovenia — Food for Life Global (FFLG) through its European affiliates continue to distribute free plant-based meals to refugees in over ten European countries. Over 10,000 meals have been served so far. As millions of refugees escape ghastly conditions in their home countries, more organizations and activists are coming forward to assist refugees to find a safe and home and food and FFLG are among them. Slovenian human rights activist, Faila Pasic Bisic, listened to hardships faced by Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugees during a FFLG food distribution on September 6th in Slovenia. Her message is for governments and organizations to “think, feel, do something” for these migrants. Faila is among the 12 most influential European women according to European Institute for Gender Equality. On September 11th, many refugees arrived at the Stockholm train station and were welcomed with open arms by Swedish youth. Free meals were distributed outside the station by Food4Peace Sweden, an affiliate of FFL Global, and it was a joyful event. FFL volunteer, Kamala Priya, said, “There is still hope for humanity when young and old from different religions, cultures, and ethnic groups can come together to help”. On September 12th, FFLG affiliate, Up Association, distributed water, clothing and other supplies to refugees in Trieste, Italy. They also lined up for hot meals of rice, chickpeas, vegetables, tomatoes and a dessert. The Palestinian and Afghani refugees are finding temporary residence in abandoned warehouses nearby the Trieste port. As a sign of hospitality, the refugees offered traditional tea to the volunteers. Food for All, another FFLG affiliate, is setting up a mobile kitchen to travel through France, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to distribute free plant-based meals to refugees in Calais, Paris, and Brussels, among other cities. CollectActif, a crisis recovery group, is also distributing hundreds […]

Thousands of Refugees Fed Free Vegan Meals


September 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia — In light of the refugee influx in Europe, many organizations are coming together to actively support migrants to help their survival and transition.  In the last month, Food for Life Global (FFLG) and its European affiliates have distributed over 10,000 meals to refugee families throughout several countries.  Since August 29th, Food for Life Budapest has been supplying hot meals at 6 o’clock in the morning.  “We are distributing 300 hot meals every morning including fruits, tea, water, chocolates for children and clothing.  They like our Hungarian cuisine and relish whatever we cook for them,” said Gandharvika Prema, Communications Officer, FFL Budapest.  On September 2nd, there was a large wave of families at the Budapest Nyugati Railway Terminal queuing for the tasty meals being served by FFL Budapest. Another Food for Life volunteer stated, “We have heard some heartbreaking stories.  Tired refugees have been camping nearby the railway station in large numbers.  They have been on the road for months now and the nights are becoming increasingly cold, but they are ready to continue their journey if brings them to a better life.” Food for Life emergency food relief programs have been introduced in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.  People are gratefully accepting the hot vegan meals and new initiatives are being initiated in Germany, Sweden and Netherlands.  With roots dating back to 1974 in India, Food for Life Global is currently based in Ljubljana, Slovenia but was originally founded in 1995, with coordinating offices worldwide.  The mission of the organization is to distribute meals to disadvantaged, malnourished people and victims of disaster.  Volunteers serve up to 2,000,000 free plant-based meals on a daily basis.  People can help as a volunteer or donate for free meal distribution through their website, For further information, please […]