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.
Miyagi, Japan, May 22, 2011 — Just as small drops make up a large ocean, similarly, the efforts of a few selfless volunteers from Food for Life Japan to alleviate the suffering of the Japanese is growing beyond imagination. People from all walks of life are joining hands with Food for Life with a desire to offer their best service. “What we have seen in past few weeks is no less than a miracle,” explained Food for Life Global director for Japan, Shrikant Shah. “This endeavour is no longer limited to just one team, group or religious group. It truly is a community effort — families joining hands under one banner reaching out to help those less fortunate,” he explained. “Food for Life Global’s financial support, coming from donors from around the world, has also made a huge impact on our success,” he said. Key Highlights A brand new mini-van (Suzuki-Every) donated by BAPS charity NewYork 47 volunteers from various locations, some as far as 150 Kms fromTokyo came to assist. A separate team headed out to Sendai to perform Kirtan. Donations and appreciation from Japanese firms, including the BAPS CHARITY from New York (from Swami Narayan Temple) who generously donated a brand new mini-van, “Suzuki-Every” to be used by volunteers in assisting the elderly at evacuation centres (FFLG Japan managed the legal transaction). And a Japanese firm, Mitsubishi Tote, donated 359 brand new hand bags for ladies staying the shelter in Wataricho (picture:http://tinyurl.com/fflbag). A team of ISKCON devotee counsellors were invited by the local authorities to perform kirtan to rejuvenate the low moral of the people in three shelters in Sendai. A total of 42 volunteers from Kofu, Okachimachi, and the Kasai/Nishi-kasai district came together for the program last weekend. Dinner was served to more than 1,000 people staying in three relief […]