Food for Life Argentina was officially established in 2014 in Carlos Paz and has already distributed 18,000 delicious vegan meals in the region. The mission of the non-profit is to distribute healthy vegan meals to all citizens as a show of love and respect, but with a special preference for those in need. They have also been active in emergencies, responding to the recent floods, and are regular participants in community events providing delicious food, cooking demonstration and encouraging people to volunteer and collaborate with the charity. With a strong team consisting of experienced vegan chefs and 60 volunteers, they envision being able to expand the program throughout the country. Food for Life Argentina Carlos Paz also partners with other foundations and NGOs in the area, including G.A.N.A.S Malvinas por la educacion, Madre Teresa de San Marcos and La Luciernaga. The immediate goals of the charity are to secure a new kitchen and storage area in the center of the city. The project is currently operating out of the local Hare Krishna temple. A location has been identified and they are currently in talks with the local government to acquire it. They also plan to get a food delivery truck to make distribution more efficient. They currently hire trucks and use their own cars. “Our current focus is to provide meals to children and elderly people, especially those with terminal illnesses and those in hospitals,” explained, director of the charity, Viṣṇurāta Das (Fernando Barrera). “These meals, aside from being healthy and necessary for the body, are also nourishing for the soul.” Food for Life Argentina is one of Food for Life Global’s strongest partners in South America. Visit their facebook page
On February 15, six people died in the town of Río Ceballos Cordoba, Argentina, after massive floods tore through the region from heavy storms. An estimated 20,000 people have lost their homes, as the rivers overflowed, dragging everything in their path. For the last 8 months Food for Life volunteers have been providing hot meals throughout Cordoba from their Motorhome, so when the floods hit, the 15-person team, led by Fernando Barrera (Viṣṇurāta das) responded immediately, using a truck to deliver mattresses, blankets, shoes, clothing, coats, clean water, nonperishable foods and freshly cooked plant-based meals they cooked in their small kitchen. In emergencies like this, food is often not enough, so the team is also providing medical supplies, including hydrogen peroxide, gauze, thermometers, bandages, syringes, and needles. More than 60,000 people were affected by the floods. Some neighbourhoods are without electricity and still having to deal with flooded streets. Many bridges have collapsed and access throughout the area is a major challenge. The local police, Puesto de Verificación del Automotor N’ 1. Policía de Córdoba, have been impressed with the efforts of the Food for Life team and are even collecting donations on their behalf. The mayor of Rio Ceballos, one of the worst affected areas, said this morning, “The floods have totally destroyed everything.” HELP NOW Donate via Food for Life Global to help support these relief efforts. See media report: http://www.clarin.com/sociedad/Buscan-desaparecidos-inundaciones-Cordoba_0_1304869665.html Photo gallery on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1544007475860536.1073741837.1419251741669444&type=1
Argentina is famous for its meat-centred cuisine and has the world’s second highest consumption rate of beef, with yearly consumption at 55 kg per head. In 2006, livestock farmers kept between 50 and 55 million head of cattle, mostly in the fertile pastures of the Pampas. The country is currently the third largest beef exporter in the world after Brazil and Australia. So it is certainly a “change of pace” to see plant-based cuisine being so welcomed in this country and from all counts, the general public absolutely love the experience. Food for Life has had a presence in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, for decades and their regular distribution of free plant-based meals to the homeless and the inquisitive has helped to open people’s minds to the potential of an all plant-based diet. Distribution takes place all around the city, but most often at the Plaza Miserere and Chacarita Station. The hundreds of freshly cooked plant-based meals served are always different but typically include curried vegetables, garden salads with vegan mayonnaise, fresh baked herb breads, oat truffles, carob coconut truffles, oatmeal raisin cookies and fresh lemonade. “Volunteers of the program are routinely recognized with FFL tshirts or aprons and every week more of them are signing up to help out,” said program spokesperon, Prema Rupa Madhava das. To learn more about FFL in Argentina and how to volunteer visit their Facebook page.