uniting the world through food

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 […]

A mad, mad world. How to end the Violence and Suffering?


With ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan and violence now overflowing in Venezuela and about to explode in Ukraine; and with Hollywood action movies and the latest video games spilling blood all over the screen, it is no wonder that those looking from the outside in, are  so desensitised by all the madness and escalating violence in the world today. But violence in the real world hurts deeply. Ask any mother that has had to deal with their child losing an arm or a leg from a land mine explosion, or a father that has lost his young son to a war against an unknown enemy. It hurts deeply. Every day we see violence posted on Facebook timeline feeds; whether it is violence against humans or innocent animals, violence is violence and it hurts deeply all those connected with the victims. Why is there so much violence and hate in the world and how can we convert this hate energy to something more loving and beneficial? Look at this picture published by the Guardian the other day. Beirut (AFP) – Gaunt, ragged figures fill the streets for as far as the eye can see in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk outside Damascus, where some 40,000 are said to be slowly starving to death. The United Nations distributed shocking images this week of thousands of people, their faces emaciated, desperately flocking to receive food aid that only a few were lucky enough to collect. The walls of “isms” that keep us weak and divided John Lennon famously asked us to imagine a world with no religion, no possessions and no countries, and all the people living life as one. “It’s easy if you try,” he sung. The essence of his message was that all these material things […]