International director of Food for Life Global recently flew to Rome to give a presentation at an exclusive showroom in downtown Rome to local business people about the work and mission of Food for Life Global. The event was coordinated by Gita Devi, gurukul alumni, and skincare specialist who is a fundraising ambassador for the charity and was held inside of Chateau d’Ax furniture showroom on Via Gregorio vii and the vegan dinner was catered by the local Hare Krishna restaurant, La Bibliothe Roma. Antonio Acone, the owner of Crudi SI, helped plan the event and arranged for the location. He also arranged for the appetizers prepared by Bottega Sana, Rome Ristorante, Pizzeria, Caffe P.za Cavour Roma Camillo B. provided the chaffing dishes to keep the food warm Marcia Marcia Sedoc, the president of Associazione Fajaloby and a well-known pageant host and humanitarian arranged for the music and raffle. Rosanna Cippolla Singer/Songwriter entertained everyone with her angelic voice and piano. The Radio personality, Dylan from Dimensione Suono Soft was in attendance and praised the event. Radio Godot did a nationally broadcast interview with Marcia Marcia Sedoc about the event and FFL. Lena Shylo was the Photographer Craig Peterson, Chiropratica Universale offered a free chiropractic evaluation to all who paid full ticket price as well as an evaluation with 10 adjustments at the silent auction Simona Primavera of Spring Touch donated two 1-hour Kobido couples facial treatments and rejuvenating facial treatments. Rama Caceres offered distance reiki healing sessions with chakra balancing for the silent auction. Guests heard about the work of Food for Life Global and their mission to provide a practical solution to world hunger. Turner also introduced a new project that Food for Life Global is partnering with called feedOM, which is introducing the Output Measurable Guarantee (OMG), a sponsorship opportunity for socially responsible companies to […]
Food for Life Donetsk in Ukraine is not only one of the most effective food relief projects in all of Europe, serving thousands of meals weekly, they decided to go the extra mile and gift their recipients with Christmas gift bags. To learn more about Food for Life Donetsk, visit their Facebook page Over 500,000 hot meals served to conflict victims in Ukraine
We have just launched a GoFundme to support our affiliate in Mexico to provide freshly cooked vegan meals to the thousands of migrants approaching the US. Please consider supporting this effort, where $10 can feed about 20 people. Please help me reach the goal of $5000 to cover the cost of our team there. Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary located in Chia, Colombia is the coordinating office for Food for Life Global projects in Latin America and they will be coordinating this effort and raising the funds to support it. Food for Life Global is the headquarters for a network of 211 projects serving over 1.5 million meals daily and recently served the 5 billionth meal. The Food for Life Mexico team is already cooking meals and will start distribution tomorrow, November 10. We estimate that the first caravan of people number around 5000, with 30% being children. If we can reach our campaign goal we believe we can feed the 2nd wave of migrants as well. UPDATE: Over 40,000 meals were served by the volunteers during a 4-week campaign.
For the last 22 years, Food for Life Global has promoted and hosted Feed the World Week, inspired by the words of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who once said, “Invite the world, we can feed them.” The event was kickstarted during the 100th anniversary birthday of Prabhupada as a one-day event and it continued on to this day as a weekly event. During this week, Food for Life projects and supporters of Food for Life Global will do their best to extend their hospitality as much as possible to make sure that no one in their immediate vicinity goes hungry. Prabhupada is the inspiration behind the Food for Life project, for it was his desire that no one go hungry and that “everyone should get a chance to get prasadam…” Prasadam is a Sanskrit word that literally means mercy and specifically refers to plant-based food that has been offered in devotion to Krishna. At Food for Life Global, we make it a rule that our affiliate projects only serve prasadam to the public thus uniquely distinguishing our feeding program from the thousands of others in that we intentionally try to make our meals nourishing for the body, mind, and soul. Feed the World Week is as much about feeding as many people as possible as it is about sharing a message of unity. Food is the great uniter of all peoples and when food is prepared with a loving intention, offered in devotion and served indiscriminately it has the power to unite the world. This message of unity is perfectly explained and couriered in the food yoga tradition. The word yoga essentially means to unite and therefore food yoga is the art and science of using food as the medium to create a sense of unity among all living beings. To […]
“RESCUED FOOD FOR STREET MEALS” is a Strategic Partnership project aimed to connect five partner organizations (active in the youth work areas of humanitarian work, youth volunteering and finding solutions for food waste problem) from Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, United Kingdom and Slovenia. This project is a true fusion of the experiences of partner organizations, using each organization’s experience and expertise to create a “food revolution” in the areas of partner activity. Erasmus+ programme fund it. The project allows participants from the partner organizations involved, to educate themselves and their target groups in a variety of ways how to create innovative activities to engage youth in solving social problems of local communities. The participants learn and share their good practices/experience through training activities on organizing “Rescued Food for Street Meals” humanitarian events, cooking, distributing food, etc. This Initiative supports the participants in their personal and professional development (knowledge, skills, and attitudes). The project started on 1st February 2016 and ended on 30th June 2018. According to UN Report (the year 2011), over 1/3 of the world’s food for human consumption is wasted every year. At the same time, worldwide 842 million people are experiencing hunger. Poverty and food insecurity are incredibly prevalent in many European cities, making a case for food waste reduction and proper redistribution all the more critical. These alarming statistics made us think about how to get actively involved in creating innovative, practical solutions for burning problem of food waste. The project deals with the growing global problem of poverty and food crisis, which is officially stressed by the “Food group” in European Parliament, so we think that this partnership is parallel with their objectives and offers added value in finding the high-quality solutions achievable locally and globally. The objectives of the project are: To build the capacity […]
Over 1 million people displaced by massive flooding in Kerala Devastating floods have killed more than 400 people and engulfed entire towns in a southern state in India. A total of 10,28,000 people have been sheltered in 3,274 camps in the flood-hit districts, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday while tonnes of emergency aid poured in from all over the country. The massive flood in Kerala has been declared a calamity of severe nature, the Union home ministry said on Monday. “Keeping in view the intensity and magnitude of floods and landslides in Kerala this is a calamity of severe nature for all practical purposes,” a home ministry official said. FFL Responds Food for Life Global’s partner in India, the Annamrita Foundation are already responding to the disaster, providing freshly prepared vegan meals. Food for Life Global has affiliates in the Kerala state that are already serving thousands of hot meals to survivors. A team of cooks and servers from Mumbai arrived recently and are serving an additional 2000 hot meals a day in areas around Kerala. Resources and funds are the critical in all disaster management operations so all donations are a tremendous help. Donations will be used to support the efforts of our affiliates in India. PLEASE DONATE
Many of you are aware that I’ve been involved with Food for Life for 35 years now. My first service when I became a monk was preparing and serving meals to underprivileged at one of the first Food for Life projects in Australia. A lot has happened since then, including expanding into 60 countries and reaching a milestone of our 211 affiliates serving 5 billion free meals on May 15th this year. But what is our future vision for Food for Life? And how do we see our strategy solving world hunger? Some of you might have read this article I wrote many years back where I lay out our essential philosophy and strategy for solving world hunger. Essentially, we propose that the way to solve world hunger is by addressing the root cause — spiritual inequality — which has led to a greedy world where the abundant resources are not equitably distributed. Our vision for how we expect to achieve that goal, however, has taken on a new twist. Certainly, our fundamental activities of supporting our affiliates through grants, education, and training will continue, however, we have come to realize that in this age of corporatocracy where business rules everything, it behooves us to fight where the fight is taking place and bring Food for Life Global’s cost-efficiency and purity to the exciting and innovative world of blockchain. I am only going to tease you in this article and not release much more details. What I will tell you is that we are setting up a social enterprise, independent of the charity whose primary purpose will be to empower and fund Food for Life Global’s mission. If you would like to learn more about this social enterprise and hear about investment opportunities, you can join our mailing list.
The two social problems in India – Poverty and Hunger go hand in hand. Not every poor person is hungry, but almost all hungry people are poor. So, to eradicate the problem, we need to start with its root cause. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) Haryana (an affiliate of Food for Life Global), currently serves midday meal to more than two thousand schools in Haryana. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), R&D center at Faridabad recognized the great work done by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana (IFRF) in the field of Midday meal. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility scheme, the entire burden of Cooking gas and Delivery Vehicle’s CNG will be borne by Indian Oil Corporation. On 23rd April, in the august presence of Honorable Minister of Industries and Environment (Government of Haryana), “Letter of Intent” was exchanged between IFRF’s Vice Chairman-North India, Dhananjaya Krishna Das and TSR Gopalarao, IOCL-R&D’s Chief General Manager. The domestic waste from the households of Faridabad will be picked, segregated and converted into Biogas by a unique “Bio-Methanation Patented Plant” conceptualized in-house by the IOCL’s R&D center. The amazing CSR activity is the result of a joint collaboration by IOCL with HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority), MCF (Municipal Corporation of Faridabad), Ecogreen Energy and IFRF, Haryana. Speaking on the occasion Vipul Goel – Minister of Industries and Environment described IFRF as the true and deserving recipient of the CSR activity. Also Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Director – R&D center felt privileged to help ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana in feeding 60 thousand students of the Faridabad district. In regard to the alarming situation where 40 percent of all Indian children still remain malnourished, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana with the motto “Food for Life” has started initiative #ZEROHUNGERHARYANA – an attempt to eradicate hunger and malnutrition to make Haryana – A Hunger-Free State. With Act Social, one of the fastest growing cause marketing company as the program’s implementing partner, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) shall endeavor to accelerate #ZEROHUNGERHARYANA as a state wise and then a country wise program. The campaign will enable and motivate children to go to schools regularly by providing them hygienic and nutritious food. […]