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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, www.ffl.org. For further information, please […]
Published: 13 August 2015 By DANIEL KRAMER A FOOD charity is appealing to musicians and artists to help provide a million meals to Camden’s homeless next year. Food For All – which drives food to drop-off points in Kentish Town, Camden Town and King’s Cross daily – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The charity is hoping to stage a Christmas fundraising gig following a rise in demand triggered by austerity cuts, according to director Peter “Para” O’Grady. He said: “I’ve seen a distinct rise in homelessness in the past few years. An increasing number of single parents and elderly people are coming to us. Today, people often see homeless people as criminals. Where has the society of compassion gone?” He added: “There are 1,000 meals going out each day. About 80 percent of the recipients are regulars. Some of them have been coming for 20 years.” Food For All has already benefited from some celebrity supporters, with guest list proceeds of a recent Libertines gig in Camden Town being donated to the charity. Its Matchless Gifts shop, in Caledonian Road, receives donations from celebrities such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and actor Russell Brand. To learn more about Food for All visit: http://foodforall.org.uk/
FOOD RELIEF FOR MAYAPUR NADIA FLOODING. SRI NATHPUR .11:8:15 Posted by Subala Sudama Das on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The place where Hare Krishna Food for Life all began, Mayapur, West Bengal has a history of flooding. The original Food for Life project was known as ISKCON Food Relief and like today, volunteers would float on boats with large pots of Kichuri (bean, rice, vegetable stew) and serve it to the stranded and hungry villagers. The mighty Ganges river overflowed, causing massive damage and inconvenience to tens of thousands of people. The inspiration behind Hare Krishna Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada asked his yoga students to make sure no one went hungry around the area of the temple. And today, that tradition continue with thousands of free meals served daily, despite massive flooding in the area. FOOD RELIEF FOR MAYAPUR NADIA FLOODING. 9:8:15 Posted by Subala Sudama Das on Sunday, August 9, 2015 Food for Life Global, the headquarters for Food for Life projects around the world, was founded in 1995 to serve as the support office and emergency relief coordinator for FFL projects. The non-profit expanded the scope of its work to include teaching food yoga and guiding and training for anyone wishing to start their own Food for Life project. To learn more about Food for Life Mayapur and the Hare Krishna spiritual capital of the world, visit: www.mayapur.com
By Jessica Roden Source: – Northern Advocate FLAT OUT: Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox tests out the new chapati maker which yesterday made 400 of the flatbread for schoolchildren. PHOTO/JOHN STONE A healthy alternative to “nasty” cheap white bread is on the menu for hundreds of Northland schoolkids thanks to a $10,000 donation all the way from Singapore. Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox had been wanting to make chapati – a thin pancake of unleavened wholemeal bread – for the students for years. Founded in 2012, the organisation provides free, nutritious vegetarian meals weekly to more than 1000 Whangarei schoolchildren. Unfortunately making chapati is quite time-consuming, with it likely taking a volunteer five or six hours to make the number required. “The whole idea for me was at the schools a lot of the kids are just used to having cheap nasty white bread,” Mr Wilcox said. “This (chapati) is a staple diet in India and it’s part of a good balanced meal.” Normally the commercial chapati making machines were very large, though Mr Wilcox managed to find a small one less than 2m long online from the United States. At a cost of about $10,000 the organisation was unable to afford it alone. He wrote to Atin Kukrejas who lives in Singapore with his wife Fleur, who is from Whangarei. When they were here visiting her family at the start of last year Mr Kukrejas offered to sponsor a school for an entire year. “He wrote back and said how much is it and then just sent a cheque,” Mr Wilcox said. “It’s a lot of money but at the same time that’s going to last a lifetime. If we add it up over the years and the amount of chapati it’s going to make it’s not that […]
The Motivate and Inspire Educational Academy (MIEdu) located in Forsyth County helps students attain their academic goals while also engaging all the profits to help feed and educate children in need. With the profits earned from their work, they have chosen Food for Life Global to be responsible for allocating the funds to deserving children. This time we’ve chosen two projects to benefit from this donation: Food for Life Vrindavan, a school that educates and feeds over 1500 underprivileged children from the poorest parts of India and the FOOD YOGA Academy in Colombia that is launching a Meat-Free Monday campaign into low-income schools throughout Bogota.