We did it! Serving 4 billion meals is no easy feat, but today, Food for Life Global’s network of 210 affiliates in 60 countries quietly served out the 4 billionth meal. To put that in perspective that is two meals for every child in the world. Starting as a grassroots operation in the fields of Mayapur, West Bengal, inspired by the words of a simple India Swami, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, that “no one within ten miles of our temple should go hungry,” the project gradually expanded around the world to now include award-winning mega kitchens in India that churn out up to 70,000 meals a day! Food for Life Global’s network of affiliates may not get the recognition of other charities like the Red Cross, but it is made up of the most dedicated volunteers on the planet — day in day out – cooking enormous quantities of nutritious plant-based food to satisfy the needs of millions. “Our mission is to unite the world through pure food,” explains Paul Rodney Turner, Co-founder and director of Food for Life Global that was established in 1995. “Through our indiscriminate distribution of plant-based meals we are directly addressing the root cause of hunger and all forms of social injustice, by communicating to our recipients that we love and respect them as our brother or sister.” “By only using plant-based ingredients we are extending this same love and respect to all sentient beings, ” he said. “Every year, more than 56 million animals are killed for food and this is just unacceptable.” Food for Life Global’s spiritual solution to world hunger is not only bolstered by its tremendous ability to cook and serve more food than any other non-profit in the world, but it is also a partner in establishing the Food Surplus Hub […]
Since starting as a grassroots project in India in 1974, Food for Life Global has expanded to now include 210 projects in 60 countries serving up to 2 million meals daily. And on December 30th we will hit the 4 Billion Meal mark! “This is truly astonishing,” says Paul Rodney Turner, the director and co-founder of Food for Life Global. “And to think that it is highly probable that FFLG network of affiliates has served even more meals than this is mind boggling.” Yes, the numbers we are using to calculate the current distribution rate and volume over the last 42 years are based on conservative estimates and do not include all projects over history, simply because many projects closed down, many did not maintain accurate logs of meals distributed, and many do not report numbers at all. Since the inspirational “founding” of Hare Krishna Food for Life when the founder/acharya of ISKCON, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada told his students, “No one should go hungry within 10 miles of our temple,” volunteers have set up projects in more than 60 countries. For the first 19 years of Food for Life’s history, it remained a grassroots operation, with no formal headquarters, training materials, or guidelines. Then in 1993, Turner released the first official Food for Life Training manual that covered all aspects of how to set up, manage, promote, and support a Food for Life project. That same year he left his native country of Australia and began helping volunteers around the world start their own project. Then in 1995, Food for Life Global was officially established in Potomac, MD, USA to serve as the headquarters and training and support office for all Hare Krishna Food for Life projects around the world. Around 2005, Turner released a new book called, […]
For the past 2 years (beginning in 11/11/2014), volunteer-based non-profit, Food for Life Donetsk has been feeding the most vulnerable people affected by the armed conflict in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, distributing about 6,000 vegan meals per week. What Food for Life Donetsk is doing Under great duress, Food for Life Donetsk has taken an active role in the life of tens of thousands of people in the Donetsk region, cooking and serving meals to people in Donetsk, Makeyevka, Zugres, Khartsyzsk, Ilovaysk, Zhdanovka and the surrounding villages. To date, more 550,000 hot vegan meals have been served, including over 260,000 liters of vegetable porridge (carrots, cabbage, eggplants, zucchini, pumpkin, etc..) more 600,000 loaves of fresh-baked bread and more 20,000 packaged lunches. Weekly distribution is taking place in the following locations: an urban-type settlement in Gornoe, Khartsyzsk – 800 portions; Khartsyzsk “Metallurg” and the private sector – from 800 portions; Pastuhovka Makeyevka: 1200 portions twice a week. City Clinical Hospital №5 of Makeyevka – 200 meals twice a week; Zugres – 130 portions twice a week; Makeyevka neuropsychiatric boarding school – 200 meals twice a week; Local centers for social services for retirees and lonely disabled citizens of Kalinin, Petrovsky, Kiev, and Kuibyshev district of the Donetsk – 50/100 portions 1-3 times a week; Orphanage Khartsyzsk – fresh baked bread; Food for Life Mariupol – provides hot lunches in local centers for social services of Zhovtneva, Illichivsk, and Ordzhonikidze – 200 meals twice a week. Food for Life Kramatorsk provides the city hospital №2 in Kramatorsk and society of disabled people ” Danko” full hot lunches (130 portions per week). How to support this effort? These efforts will continue as long as the volunteers can fund the cooking and distribution of the meals. Specifically, they are in desperate need of new cooking equipment and a new […]
YouNow is a new live broadcasting service that many YouTubers are using now to engage more with their fans. On the 25th, Food for Life Global was the recipient of a 24 hour live streaming event to raise awareness and funds for the charity. The YouNow live streaming event was the brainchild of Jessica Carolina (aka Jezzikah22) who was helped by Thomas David Kelly (aka TommyTofu). In a moment when social media and TV are converging, YouNow provides a product that fuses the experience of broadcasting, gaming, performing and social networking, giving direct power to the people and enabling them to discover and create new kinds of interactive content in real-time. The stream was a great success with some popular vegan personalities joining in, including James Aspey VeganBadass MadBlender BigScreenBird Jezzikah22 Jen (@ThisTimeAroundVegan) Throughout the steams, fans were encouraged to donate to Food for Life Global’s crowdfunding campaign on Chuffed. Paul Turner gave an introduction to Food for Life Global and also shared some stories from the field. The entire list of streamers and the link to their YouNow channel is listed here. The fundraiser will continue until the end of the year. The next 24-hour YouNow streaming event will be a Food for Life Global Random Act of Kindness Marathon. Stay tuned for details. To check out the Food Yogi channel go here
Get ready California! Just days after the election we are uniting with diverse organizations, communities, musicians, drum circles and artists as we rally, march and #drum4peace. The #timeisnow to UNITE! Sunday, November 13 at 12 PM – 5 PM PST Santa Monica City Hall 1685 Main St, Santa Monica, California 90401 Food for Life Global West Coast Rep, Punya Das is the brains and heart behind the drum, dance and pray project that is bringing together people from every demographic to sing, dance and pray for world peace and unity. Food for Life Global will be sharing FREE food/ picnic at Time Is Now Cooperative’s LA Unity Rally this coming Sunday! We are honored to partner with them for this event. The website of the project boldly claims: We are servants of world peace; praying for an end to all wars, hunger, malnutrition, starvation, and homelessness inspiring the development of a pure relationship with Mother Earth. LA locals RSVP bit.ly/ladrum4peace Non-Local and International bit.ly/SyncGlobalDrumCircle LIKE our page and support global unity! Time Is Now Cooperative
Longtime Food for Life Global volunteer, Juliana Castaneda Turner founded and operates the ONLY animal sanctuary in Colombia. She is on a quest to secure a permanent home for the 70 rescued animals under her care, and with this, offering people a chance to invest in an exciting new chapter in the sanctuary’s history. “We absolutely must raise the funds somehow or other to make sure the animals are safe forever”, she explains. “Every donation, even $10 is a huge help.” The project has a real plan for sustainability and we are very excited to share this campaign with you. See campaign here A History of Success Some of the animals we’ve saved include Balaram the bull, whose mother jumped a fence from a dairy farm to come to our land to have him. So from that day, I became his “mother.” This story was featured in The Dodo. There was also the story of how we saved Pola the pig. She was in a horrible situation being harassed by hungry dogs, but today she is happy at our sanctuary, as nicely reported on by Care2 And then there is the touching story of Bernie the bull calf and Sri Ram the puppy as reported by The Dodo. Also, INSIDE EDITION just did a video report here. PLEASE VISIT THE CAMPAIGN NOW AND GET INVOLVED
Zhengzhou, He’nan Province of China — CSKCON (Chinese Society for Krishna Consciousness) in cooperation with the Xin-Yi Cultural Club of Zhengzhou successfully launched Food for Life China. More than 400 people enjoyed a delicious vegan dinner and were entertained with kirtan. The prestigious 3000 sq. meter restaurant is the largest in Zhengzhou and amongst the biggest restaurants in China. The owners of the restaurant were so inspired by Food for Life that they removed all meat products from their menu and are now providing a facility for Food for Life volunteers to offer free food to those in need at least one day a month. While Food for Life China provides healthy meals for those in need, it also focuses on reminding Chinese people of the benefits of plant-based nutrition and the importance of healthy food for developing a peaceful mind and greater awareness. Mr. Jiping Ye (Yasoda Kumar) was recently appointed the Development Director of Food for Life Mainland China and will oversee the expansion. To contact FFL China Full report in Chinese
A talk I gave at the cafe 360 to open the Food Surplus Network in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2015. To learn more on this see Paul’s article. John Robbins, the author of the best-selling Diet for a New America, writes: “The existence of so much hunger in the world is a reality we cannot deny. It is a reality that challenges us deeply: it asks us to become more fully human.” Robbins argues that the world hunger problem is not only the responsibility of the United Nations, but of every human being on the planet. “When we remember those who are without food,” says Robbins, “something is awakened within us. Our own deeper hunger comes to surface—our hunger to live fully, to bring our lives into alignment with our compassion, to make our lives expressions of our spirits.” Food for Life started in India, after the founder, Swami Prabhupada proclaimed to his yoga students that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of a temple. Since that time, over two billion free plant-based meals have been served to the needy on six continents. Food for Life has emerged as the largest vegan food relief program in the world! Food for Life’s mission—to bring about peaceful and prosperity through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based food prepared with loving intention.