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.
— Thabo Mbeki (Deputy President of South Africa), Durban
“We don’t have education about how to eat. We are eating too much meat and people are getting sick with the time. We have to show to the people what they need to eat. The doors are open for Food for Life Global. We are going to work together to get better food for our kids into the schools.”
— Jose “Pepe” Mujica, President of Uruguay
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 today’s festival organized by Food for Life.
— Nelson Mandela, Durban
“…while the Kremlin has been willing to spend trillions of rubles on its soldiers, only one Russian civic organization has come to Chechnya to provide emergency aid for its often homeless and sometimes starving compatriots – the Russian branch of FOOD FOR LIFE.”
— Financial Times of London, London
“…here they [Food for Life] have a reputation like the one Mother Teresa has in Calcutta: it is not hard finding someone to swear they are saints.”
— Michael Specter (Grozny Journal), The New York Times
As one of FOOD FOR LIFE’s supporters, OXFAM has witnessed firsthand the organization’s activities and its ability to reach vulnerable groups in a caring and respectful manner.
— Zola Dowell (OXFAM), Serbia
The Australian Government recognizes the valuable work the Hare Krishnas are doing with their FOOD FOR LIFE program.
— Eric Fitzgibbon MP (Australian Parliament), Australia
[FOOD FOR LIFE] has been fundamental in promoting vegetarianism in the Australian society.
— Rosemary Stanton (leading Australian nutritionist), Australia
I pray that your FOOD FOR LIFE program will expand to bring about a peaceful world.
— Salambek Hadjiev (Former Prime Minister of Chechnya), Chechnya
“In Bangalore, Jaipur and other cities, Akshaya Patra (FOOD FOR LIFE) meals are cooked in the most modern kitchens and good quality food is delivered to schools. Corporate bodies should also be involved in this process by creating public-private partnerships like Akshaya Patra.” – Comments by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
— Financial Express India, India
The commitment of FOOD FOR LIFE goes beyond the need for the basic necessities of life; it is a commitment to improve the quality of life.
— Bob Carr MP (Australian Parliament), Australia
I congratulate you for your fine achievements on behalf of the homeless….FOOD FOR LIFE’s success in providing housing, food, and social services has long attracted the attention of this office.
— Arlen Specter (US Senate), USA
I am sure that in every city where there is a FOOD FOR LIFE program, the people would be very grateful for the help they give—feeding hundreds and hundreds of people, that would otherwise cost the city a great deal. And all the support, friendship, and counseling—it’s hard to put a value on something like that.
— Hayley Mills (British actress) , England
“The Food for Life cooks have established themselves as the chief emergency feeding program in war-torn Chechnya.”
— Moscow Tribune, Russia
Many people were in tears to see the efforts of the FFL volunteers. Many of those who received it commented that it was the “best food they have had in a long time, even before the hurricane hit!”
— Susan Tydings Frushour (Red Cross), USA