Food for Life European Association opens offices

Matej Poljansek (FFL European Coordinator)

A new FFLG global partner, the Food for Life European Association (FFLEA) was officially founded today in Belgium. The new organisation will help Food for Life projects across Europe share good practices, improve communications and build the capacity of each individual member organisation for improved prasadam* distribution across Europe. FFLEA will also assist in fundraising and represent affiliate organisations in Europe to the media and the European Union. Matej Poljansek (Mukunda das), FFLG regional representative for Europe said, “Our goal is for all residents of Europe to regularly receive and relish prasadam. The new offices will be located at: Food for Life Global Regional Office for Europe Oudergemselaan 197 Etterbeek 1040 Brussels Belgium, International director of Food for Life, Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata das) welcomed the new initiative: It is time to firmly establish FFL for what it truly represents – a service to provide free prasadam to all people, at all times and everywhere possible! That is what Food for Life is all about. We don’t discriminate. We want everyone to experience prasdam because we believe that sharing food is the most universally welcomed act of kindness there is, and when you share pure food, like prasadam, with love, you are essentially communicating through your actions: “I love you. We are family.” And wherever there is this sense of unity and brotherhood there is no question of hunger, poverty, or racism. Everyone begins to care for each other. That is what Food for Life is all about. Even the late Nelson Mandela noted this unique quality of Food for Life during a speech he gave at a Food for Life picnic for 40,000 school children in Durban: Another important building block for new democracy is the love and goodwill we show to each other. That is the spirit of Masakhane, of bringing one another together. It is also the spirit of […]

Nelson Mandela — The passing of a great friend and hero to the world


Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a great supporter and believer in what Food for Life stood for. He made the above statement at a gathering of 50,000 school children in 1997 who were invited by Food for Life to a public picnic in Durban called the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation” with President Mandela as its Guest of Honour.  School children and their teachers gathered at Kings Park Soccer stadium. After delivering the key note address, President Mandela extended his stay at the event and spent more than five hours watching the various children’s performances.  He encouraged the children to excel in school, take advantage of the rights afforded to them, and instructed them to appreciate that the generations before them had fought for their freedom. The Mercury Newspaper reported that he stated this was “the happiest day” of his life. To him, the gathering of so many children from diverse backgrounds for a picnic, symbolised what his whole political career had been aiming towards — unity and equality for all. Mr. Mandela was so touched by the joy of the children that he could not contain himself and danced with them for many minutes before giving his touching speech to inaugurate the event. At the same picnic, Thabo Mbeki (Deputy President of South Africa), commented:  “FOOD FOR LIFE is the real Reconstruction and Development Programme. The understanding that if I have a plate of food, let me share it with my neighbour . . . let those who are feeling sad come together with us, and together we can share this burden. This understanding should be taken from FOOD FOR LIFE and transmitted to the entire country.” On this sad day of the passing of a great human being, we bow down to Mr. Mandela and […]

Mandela Day 2013


On 23 April 1997, the then state president of South Africa addressed the Food for Life festival, where about 30 000 children gathered for a programme organized by the Food for Life organization. At this meeting of the youth, he suggested that whenever he is with young people he feels like a recharged battery and looked forward to the youth to lead South Africa into the future. He stressed that children of South Africa need to be protected and they should not go hungry. He applauded Food for Life for its humanitarian initiative in creating hunger free zones and referred to these endeavors as being in the true spirit of Maskhane as envisaged by the democratic government. Some 16 years later Food for Life has enduringly upheld its vision to distribute warmly prepared vegan food to about 5,000 school children daily. On his 95th birthday 95 pots of pure vegetarian food was cooked for distribution to 25 000 school children across KwaZulu Natal. This free distribution included the poorer quintile ranked schools and targeted those schools that have no access to the Education Department’s feeding scheme. The identified schools straddled largely across KwaZulu Natal and Food for Life teams engaged in the distribution to mark this auspicious day. Specifically, the media was invited to observe the food distribution at Clareville Primary which was selected for its inclusion policy. Unarguably, it has admitted the largest number of refugee children and asylum-seekers over the years. Although these children might not have formal citizenship status of the host country, the principal, Mr Bhairoparsad, acknowledges their right to access education. Food for Life South Africa, a section 18a company can be described as semi- autonomous, non-profit-making, self governing and campaigning organisations with a focus on the well-being of others and is characterised as an […]