“…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
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
Food for Life Global is an international non-profit charitable organization that provides plant-based foods in over 60 countries around the world, for mal-nourished people; people in disaster areas; wherever there is a need, they provide it. Food for Life Global was started, founded in 1974, so they are 40 years old. So I want to say, Happy birthday, congratulations. It’s great to see so much veggie food helping people out around the world, bringing people together in this fantastic way. Thank you, Food for Life Global for doing this. Thank you for all of you who work for Food for Life Global. We thank you. You do a great job. Happy birthday to you. Keep it going for another 40 years, 50, 60, keep it going. We love you.
— Paul McCartney, London
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
“…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
“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
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
I pray that your FOOD FOR LIFE program will expand to bring about a peaceful world.
— Salambek Hadjiev (Former Prime Minister of Chechnya), Chechnya
“… though it may not get top mention on the nightly news, FOOD FOR LIFE is among the world’s most intrepid relief organizations, in at least one case delivering food to a war-torn region after the Red Cross and other agencies gave up.”
— Vegetarian Times, USA
[FOOD FOR LIFE] has been fundamental in promoting vegetarianism in the Australian society.
— Rosemary Stanton (leading Australian nutritionist), 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
“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
On behalf of the IRC, I would like to compliment the efforts of FOOD FOR LIFE in providing fresh fruit, vegetables, and prepared meals to some of the most vulnerable groups in Serbia.
— Leland Montell (International Rescue Committee) , Serbia
“The Food for Life cooks have established themselves as the chief emergency feeding program in war-torn Chechnya.”
— Moscow Tribune, Russia