Srila Prabhupada

40 years of amazing unconditional love


On this day, March 16, 1974, the founder of Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada wrote to his student, Satyajit das: “I am hopeful that if we can widely distribute free foodstuffs to the people of India, by giving it out at our centers as well as by traveling parties to villages, we will win over the whole country and the whole world by this activity on Krishna’s behalf” (Srila Prabhupada to Satyajit das, March 16, 1974). It was Srila Prabhupada’s hope that through the liberal distribution of pure (sanctified plant-based) meals, that the whole world could become peaceful and prosperous. Not long before he wrote that letter to his student he requested that no one within a ten-mile radius of any of his temples should go hungry. These visionary ideals and orders inspired his students all over the world to start what is now known as Food for Life. Food for Life is essentially free prasadam distribution to the public as an expression of the volunteers’ unconditional love for them. The project has taken on many formats over the last 40 years, from humble street distribution from pots to expensive and sophisticated midday meal meals program serving millions of school children across India. The common denominator in all of them is that each Food for Life program distributes prasadam (plant-based meals that have been prepared with love and offered with love to God) before being served to the public. Preparing meals in this way ensures that the recipients get nourishment of their body, mind and soul. When Food for Life started in Mayapur, India the yoga students served kitchri, a dhal and rice curry with vegetables. Today Food for Life projects serve a variety of meals that are typically designed according to local taste, but always plant-based. Although ISKCON has […]