Food for All Targets 1 Million Meals – Celebrates 25 years

Food For All workers, who provide 1,000 meals a day, outside the charity’s Matchless Gifts shop.
Food For All workers, who provide 1,000 meals a day, outside the charity’s Matchless Gifts shop.

Published: 13 August, 2015
By DANIEL KRAMER

A FOOD charity is appealing to musicians and artists to help provide a million meals to Camden’s homeless next year.

Food For All – which drives food to drop-off points in Kentish Town, Camden Town and King’s Cross daily – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The charity is hoping to stage a Christmas fundraising gig following a rise in demand triggered by austerity cuts, according to director Peter “Para” O’Grady.

He said: “I’ve seen a distinct rise in homelessness in the past few years. An increasing number of single parents and elderly people are coming to us. Today, people often see homeless people as criminals. Where has the society of compassion gone?”

He added: “There are 1,000 meals going out each day. About 80 per cent of the recipients are regulars. Some of them have been coming for 20 years.”

Food For All has already benefited from some celebrity supporters, with guest list proceeds of a recent Libertines gig in Camden Town being donated to the charity. Its Matchless Gifts shop, in Caledonian Road, receives donations from celebrities such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and actor Russell Brand.

To learn more about Food for All visit: http://foodforall.org.uk/

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Food for Life Mayapur responds to massive floods in West Bengal

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The place where Hare Krishna Food for Life all began, Mayapur, West Bengal has a history of flooding. The original Food for Life project was known as ISKCON Food Relief and like today, volunteers would float on boats with large pots of Kichuri (bean, rice, vegetable stew) and serve it to the stranded and hungry villagers. 

The mighty Ganges river overflowed, causing massive damage and inconvenience to tens of thousands of people. 

The inspiration behind Hare Krishna Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada asked his yoga students to make sure no one went hungry around the area of the temple. And today, that tradition continue with thousands of free meals served daily, despite massive flooding in the area.

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Food for Life Global, the headquarters for Food for Life projects around the world, was founded in 1995 to serve as the support office and emergency relief coordinator for FFL projects. The non-profit expanded the scope of its work to include teaching food yoga and guiding and training for anyone wishing to start their own Food for Life project. 

To learn more about Food for Life Mayapur and the Hare Krishna spiritual capital of the world, visit: www.mayapur.com

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Pupils try tasty alternative to white bread – FFL New Zealand

By Jessica Roden
Source: – Northern Advocate

FLAT OUT: Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox tests out the new chapati maker which yesterday made 400 of the flatbread for schoolchildren. PHOTO/JOHN STONE
FLAT OUT: Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox tests out the new chapati maker which yesterday made 400 of the flatbread for schoolchildren. PHOTO/JOHN STONE

A healthy alternative to “nasty” cheap white bread is on the menu for hundreds of Northland schoolkids thanks to a $10,000 donation all the way from Singapore.

Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox had been wanting to make chapati – a thin pancake of unleavened wholemeal bread – for the students for years. Founded in 2012, the organisation provides free, nutritious vegetarian meals weekly to more than 1000 Whangarei schoolchildren.

Unfortunately making chapati is quite time-consuming, with it likely taking a volunteer five or six hours to make the number required.

“The whole idea for me was at the schools a lot of the kids are just used to having cheap nasty white bread,” Mr Wilcox said. “This (chapati) is a staple diet in India and it’s part of a good balanced meal.”

Normally the commercial chapati making machines were very large, though Mr Wilcox managed to find a small one less than 2m long online from the United States.

At a cost of about $10,000 the organisation was unable to afford it alone. He wrote to Atin Kukrejas who lives in Singapore with his wife Fleur, who is from Whangarei. When they were here visiting her family at the start of last year Mr Kukrejas offered to sponsor a school for an entire year.

“He wrote back and said how much is it and then just sent a cheque,” Mr Wilcox said. “It’s a lot of money but at the same time that’s going to last a lifetime. If we add it up over the years and the amount of chapati it’s going to make it’s not that bad.”

They could potentially feed up to 1000 kids a day with the machine, he said.

“This kind of bread, there’s no additives in it,” Mr Wilcox said. “It is just brown wheat and water and salt and there’s a little bit of yoghurt.”

The organisation was also looking for more sponsors for their $15 a month club, which feeds four schoolchildren a week. “Basically the price of a coffee a week and we can feed four children for that.”

They were also looking for a medium sized warehouse to expand into.

– To join the $15 a month club email info@foodforlifenorthland.org.nz or to make a one-off donation visit www.givealittle.co.nz and search ‘Food for life’.

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MIEdu grants $1500 to needy kids abroad

LunesSinCarneThe Motivate and Inspire Educational Academy (MIEdu) located in Forsyth County helps students attain their academic goals while also engaging all the profits to help feed and educate children in need. With the profits earned from their work, they have chosen Food for Life Global to be responsible for allocating the funds to deserving children. 

FoodYoga-Academy200This time we’ve chosen two projects to benefit from this donation: Food for Life Vrindavan, a school that educates and feeds over 1500 underprivileged children from the poorest parts of India and the FOOD YOGA Academy in Colombia that is launching a Meat-Free Monday campaign into low-income schools throughout Bogota.

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Mr. Jackson – We can feed a child for less than 50 cents

50-1-bCurtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, singer, entrepreneur, investor and actor from New York CityWith the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre (who produced his first major-label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’). During his career Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. 

However, what most people don’t know about Mr. Jackson is that he is a great philanthropist. In July 2011, Jackson launched a philanthropic initiative to provide food for one billion starving people in Africa by 2016, joining Pure Growth Partners to introduce Street King. A portion of the proceeds from each Street King purchase would be used to provide a daily meal to an underprivileged child. The partnership coincides with Jackson’s goal to feed a billion people in Africa during the next five years. In the same year, he founded SMS Audio, a consumer-electronics company selling Street by 50 headphones, pledging to donate a portion of their sales to charity.

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Food for Life Global has affiliates in Africa and are some of the longest running projects in our history. One of premier projects in based in Durban, South Africa and was endorsed by the late, great Nelson Mandela. Up to 5000 meals a day were being served during the height of this program’s success and it has served tens of millions of meals since its inception in the 80s. 

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G Unit rapper, Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent on Wednesday, January 8, 2012, travelled to parts of East Africa to see first-hand the devastating effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya.

As of this writing, Mr. Jackson has filed for bankruptcy and the case is being heard on July 17, 2015. However, to our knowledge his partnership with Pure Growth Partners continues and profits from the energy drinks are being used to feed children. We wish Mr. Jackson success in this noble endeavor and hope that he will consider supporting the work of Food for Life Global in Africa for one simple reason: We can feed a child a complete healthy meal for less than 50 cents. In fact, on average, we can do that for around 25-30 cents. This is one of the unique aspects of Food for Life Global’s work that is often overlooked by the public, but it is truly astonishing and noteworthy. 

Just imagine: for every dollar donated to a Food for Life Global project, at least 3 children can be fed a healthy vegan meal! Now, we’re not talking a tv dinner here, but rather a freshly prepared meal using fresh produce, fresh spices and lots of love, prepared the same day (often just a few hours before) we serve the meals to the public. No other NGO can match this incredible efficiency. 

So my humble request to Mr. Jackson and all the social entrepreneurs out there, please consider supporting our volunteers as they cumulative serve up to 2 million vegan meals daily. That number is no joke and it is an expensive task to maintain. But, day in day out, Food for Life Global affiliates pull this miracle off. 

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