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Food for Life Houston Serving Vegan Meals to Hurricane Survivors

HELP US HELP TEXAS FLOOD VICTIMS An estimated 21 trillion gallons of rain fell on the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, causing 51 inches of flooding in the worst hit places and resulting in over 1 million displaced people. Harvey’s devastating flooding brought back tough memories in New Orleans as Tuesday marked the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The death toll in Texas related to Hurricane Harvey rose to at least 37 Thursday morning, CNN reports. The Govinda’s vegetarian restaurant in Houston has been offering 300-400 free vegan meals to victims since the storm hit, however, they are now delivering free vegan meals to area shelters, including 200 hot meals to volunteers at the University of Houston who are doing volunteer service at various shelters. “The shelters don’t have vegan food for volunteers, so we stepped up,” says Shyamasundara, the ISKCON temple president. The temple is also offering spiritual counseling services for those in need and doing kirtan and prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Food for Life Global is collecting funds on behalf of the vegan food relief. Please donate to sponsor free vegan meals to those in need in Texas. More update coming soon… You can make a difference with a gift to Food for Life Global via our US partner A Well-Fed World. Your donation will help more people become free of hunger. We rely on people like you to help us continue our vital projects, so please do support us.

Malnutrition – the great killer behind the curtain

Malnutrition is a far greater problem than world hunger. Why? Because even if a person gets sufficient quantities of food, they can still be undernourished and thus subject to chronic disease, if the food they consume does not provide the proper amounts of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to meet their daily nutritional requirements. In other words, being overweight does necessarily mean being well nourished. According to the UN Hunger report, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012.  The vast majority of the hungry, 852 million, live in developing countries — around 15 percent of their population — while 16 million people are undernourished in developed countries. The FAO states that the world is increasingly faced with a double burden of malnutrition, with chronic undernourishment and micronutrient malnutrition co-existing with obesity, overweight and related non-communicable diseases (affecting more than 1.4 billion people worldwide). Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. However, with much of the imagery related to these reports showing emaciated children in Africa and India, most people fail to realise that Obesity is another form of this same chronic problem. According to the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) malnutrition is the largest single contributor to worldwide disease. In my travels to more than 65 countries I have seen a consistent pattern of poor eating habits and thus malnourishment, fueled by an all-too-convenient access to American fast food chains like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC. With heavy subsidization by the local government these junk food behemoths are able to entice, otherwise, well-meaning consumers to throw out common sense and choose foods that may satisfying their hunger and save them money in the short-term, but cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills and […]

FOOD SECURITY – World grain production plateauing – Time to Go Vegan

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According to an article on Trust.org, for the last decade and a half, a mysterious and worrisome trend has emerged in the farming world that has sent farmers, scientists and policy makers looking for answers. Crop yields – how much of a crop is harvested per hectare – for some of the world’s major grains like rice, wheat and corn have gone from increasing year after year to plateauing in many of the world’s biggest grain producers. GROWING ARTIFICIAL DEMAND The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicted in 2009 that a growing and increasingly affluent population will require 70 percent more food by 2050, but Ken Cassman, Robert B. Daughtery, professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says, “If we meet demand by expanding agriculture, that’s the worst thing you can do for climate change and biodiversity.” The effects of upping grain production by expansion in rainforests and on prairies has devastated the world eco-system. What most people don’t realize, however, is that much of this grain expansion is fuelled by the need to feed grain-fed animals on feedlots. “If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” claims David Pimentel, professor of ecology in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Today, the 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population. To demonstrate how grossly inefficient this model is, according to the article quoted above, each year an estimated 41 million tons of plant protein is fed to U.S. livestock to produce a scanty 7 million tons of animal protein for human consumption. That is like paying $6 for a $1 return on […]

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation Feeds Nearly 30,000 Victims of Cyclone Phailin

By: Madhava Smullen ISKCON News on Nov. 1, 2013 (SOURCE: ISKCON NEWS) More than half of Odisha’s 42 million population have been affected by Cyclone Phailin and resulting floods Two weeks after Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha (formerly Orissa) and Andhra Pradesh at 140 mph, the Eastern Indian states are still reeling. According to aljazeera.com, just forty-five people have been reported dead in Odisha, but more than half of the state’s population of 42 million has been affected by the cyclone and resulting floods. 800,000 houses and over 860,000 hectares of farmland have been damaged, while 210,000 electrical poles and over two and a half million trees have been uprooted. Villagers sheltering on the roof of their flooded home Doing its part to help, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (an affiliate of Food for Life Global)– which delivers healthy vegetarian meals to 1.2 million underprivileged school children around India every day — flew members into Odisha on October 15th. A volunteer crew of fifty devotees has been cooking kichari at the small ISKCON center in Remuna for the past two weeks, and delivering it along with drinking water to affected villages in Odisha’s Balasore District. Balasore District villagers forced to live on the streets after their homes were destroyed by the cyclone During their first round of relief work, from October 15th to 21st, devotees have fed 27,500 people in thirty villages. Many of these villages had been completely flooded by the Suvarna Rekha river for three days straight, leaving residents unable to get food for their survival. Villagers, forced to take shelter on the roofs of their inundated homes, were starving. Some had not eaten any food at all for two days. Others were left huddling in the streets, as their homes had been completely destroyed. “It was a most painful […]

Food for Life back in Haiti

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, and by 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake, with death toll estimates ranging from 100,000 to 159,000. In 2010, Food for Life Global was one of the first agencies to respond to the disaster with volunteers from all over the world helping to set up a vegan food relief service that offered much needed hot meals to refugees for months. In 2011, Food for Life Global was asked to be a partner in a new initiative by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with IRD (International Relief and Development) to feed children at one of the schools. The Slovenian government had acquired a donation of 24 prefabricated containers from the Slovenian construction company TRIMO as part of Slovenia’s commitment to assist children affected by the quake. They asked IRD to assist in importing those containers, identifying a location, and building a space that would serve the children of Haiti? IRD then approached FFLG to feed the children healthy lunches. . In collaboration with the local government, IRD selected a site in a new village in Carrefour, now called Village Fraternite and a year later the school was established. Food for Life Global is now feeding the children a healthy vegan lunch everyday with donations from the Lotus Trust in the UK and other international donors. Every school day, Vishnu das, a volunteer from Santo Domingo rises early to prepare the lunch. He is assisted by local women who cut the vegetables. At 12 midday as […]

Food for Life Champion makes “Poor Man’s Feast” for TV

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Peter O’Grady (aka Parasuram Das) is a man on a mission in the UK. The smiling irishman has been cooking and feeding people for over 25 years and he does it all for free! “He is one of our best,” says, International Director, Paul Rodney Turner. “Parasuram is just a saintly man with a heart of gold. All he cares about is helping other people. I am so impressed by his determination and enthusiasm to serve day in and day out.” Recently, Peter was asked to participate in the ITV special cooking show, Food Glorious Food, as judges from the show scoured the country in search of a very special dish that everyone in Britain will, for the first time ever, be able to buy and eat in stores nationwide. Peter showcased his famous “Poor Man’s Feast” recipe and host Loyd Grossman loved it. Food Glorious Food is a competition for budding cooks – and the prize couldn’t be more mouth-watering – the winner gets to see their dish on the shelves of Marks & Spencer stores all over the UK as well as receiving a cash prize of £20,000. To learn more about Peter’s amazing service to the community, visit him at http://foodforall.org.uk/ DONATE Donate through JustGive here: http://www.justgiving.com/feedthepoor [youtube]http://youtu.be/KgN5BuDE0fQ[/youtube] About Food for All Food For All (“FFA”) is a registered charity based in London (also other parts of the UK), which distributes over 900 free, nutritionally balanced meals to the different groups of people, including the homeless, disadvantaged and ‘needy’ on a daily basis. FFA targets the homeless, single parents, the elderly, the unemployed, people suffering from mental and physical disabilities and the marginalised. (Charity No. 1077897) Food For All projects London Distribution: SOAS University, LSE University Monday – Saturday 12:30pm – 2:00pm. (Term Times) Food Van: Kentish Town – 12pm, Camden […]

PAWS – the newest affiliate of FFL Global

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Food for Life Global is happy to welcome the latest of it’s affiliates, the Perth-based non-profit PAWS. “David Reynolds (below), director of PAWS approached me to partner with FFLG and after observing the work they are doing we were more than happy to collaborate,” said Paul Turner, director of FFLG. Turner visited the organization before heading out of Australia on an FFLG world tour to help expand the charity’s work. He visited the PAWS vegan cafe, the hub of PAWS projects, that include feeding the homeless, community gardens, animal welfare, temporary shelter for humans, and health and nutrition services, etc,. “I believe PAWS is a model for other non-profits in the vegan/vegetarian sector,” says Turner. “We are very hopeful for this new alliance and look forward to supporting David and his terrific group of helpers and learning from their success so that we can share it with our other partners.” One of the biggest supporters of PAWS is the local “birdman” Joel Cornwell who has been supplying fruits and vegetables for the PAWS cafe and relief projects for years. “Joel manages to get us just about everything we need to make our meals for people and through his efforts we are able to keep our costs down and even offer free meals to anyone that cannot afford to eat at our cafe,” explained Reynolds. To help PAWS or get involved visit their web site: http://www.paws.org.au/programs/ About PAWS PAWS, People & Animal Welfare Society Inc is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation established 19th of April 2000. Our Vision The PAWS vision is a society wherein humans and non-human animals can coexist peacefully without the threat of cruelty, exploitation or untimely death. PAWS envisions increasing numbers of ethically responsible people living with a deep sense of purpose for the betterment of society and the sustainability […]

FFL in Ecuador

January 2012 — Winter season came to Ecuador bringing torrential rains and suffocating waves of heat. However, the radical weather patterns were not enough to deter the FFL volunteers from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Taking time out from their busy family lives and business, the volunteers consistently devote time to the service others. Over 500 people were waiting in the town of El Consuelo to experience the prasadam from Food for Life. The journey there from the FFL kitchen in Guayaquil takes almost two hours. Nonetheless, the volunteers enjoyed the spectacular scenery, watching the dramatic landscapes unfold before them, bedecked with flowers of all colors and lush green vegetation responding to the winter rainfalls. The journey took a little longer than anticipated and so some of the families went home. However, the FFL team immediately went to community leaders to announce from house to house of their arrival. Making use of the bells of a beautiful church, a large crowd once again gathered for lunch! Buckets of delicious vegan rice and lentil stew, pastries and herbal teas were being passed children and adults. The smiles and words of praise kept coming and mental images will last in our memory forever. The following week, hundreds of others were the beneficiaries of a traditional vegan rice and lentil stew, fried sweets, and aromatic teas, prepared just hours before by a group of enthusiastic FFL volunteers. Many members of the community and of other organisations join the FFL Ecuador team each week for the experience of distributing free vegan lunches. Some weeks, due to budget constraints, the FFL Ecuador team is only able to feed 300 people, but the joy of helping even a few people with a warm plate of food prepared with love is amazing! Our small gesture of kindness, melts the hearts of everyone and soon their love comes back […]