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Prime Minister, Cerar officially opens Ljubljana’s first Food Surplus Entrepreneurs (FSE) Hub


Wednesday, 21.10.2015, 11:00 am–Prime Minister of Slovenia, Dr. Cerar, represented by two state secretaries, Mr. Tadej Slapnik and Ms. Andreja Crnak Meglic officially launched Ljubljana’s Food Surplus Enterprise (FSE) Hub at the EKO 365 Centre. Funded by the Europan Union’s Erasmus+ program and hosted by Food for Life Global (FFLG) and The Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network (FSN), the milestone event brought together Food for Life organizations from Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Hungary, Latvia, UK and Serbia in response to the Food Waste Revolution happening in Ljubljana. The Prime minister’s speech was read out by Mr. Slapnik. “The current value of food waste is estimated at 400 billion USD per year, with the development of the middle class will cost over the next 15 years grew to $ 600 billion per year. If 2030 managed to reduce losses of food in consumers of 20-50%, it would save 120 to 300 billion USD per year. Losses and discards food caused losses in income and reduces the return on investment, slows economic and social development.” Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner said: “There is no need for anyone to go hungry in this day and age. We are so happy to cooperate with the Slovenian government to address hunger head on with the FSE initiative.” Food for Life in Slovenia, together with the Radha Govinda restaurant in Ljubljana has served over 70,000 food surplus meals to socially underprivileged families in the […]

London-Based Vegan Businesswoman Spreads the Tropic Love and helps Food for Life Global


London-based vegan businesswoman, author, campaigner, charity fundraiser, and proponent of ethical and green consumerism, Shabari Saha ran a fundraiser in aid of Food for Life Global during the summer. Shabari was a board member of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) for 8 years, and council member of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) for 4 years. She met Paul Turner of Food for Life Global at the IVU Congress in Dresden in 2008. Shabari is now an Independent Ambassador for Tropic Skin Care, a British company that is owned by Lord Alan Sugar and Susan Ma of the BBC TV show, The Apprentice. Tropic have a range of skincare, body care, and makeup that is vegan (registered with The Vegan Society), cruelty-free (endorsed by Cruelty-Free International with the leaping bunny symbol), natural, organic, and environmentally-friendly. Tropic is committed to use only the best quality ingredients sourced from all over the world, which are responsibly and ethically sourced, and fair-traded. Tropic products are free from all harsh chemicals, making them suitable for adults with sensitive skin, babies, and can help those with skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. The company is proud to be one of the few skincare companies who formulate, develop and manufacture their range of products in-house — in modern facilities in their Surrey Beauty Kitchen. After many years in a variety of office roles, Shabari wanted to do something different that combined her passion for veganism, health and […]

What good is a $1 donation? More than you can imagine

I have been running charities since 1989 when I registered by my first non-profit in Australia, called Hare Krishna Food for Life Hunter Valley. Back then I was a monk and while full of enthusiasm, I had much to learn when it came to donor relations. You can’t just expect people to give without asking them and most people will if you ask them the right way at the right time. However, something odd has been happening over the last 10 years that has tremendously impacted the non-profit sector — donor fatigue. Interest in supporting poverty, hunger and animal welfare have significantly declined over the last decade according to Google Trends. Maybe it’s because there are so many good causes in need these days, and many people find it hard to choose what one is better than the other. Added to this avalanche of good causes you also have an unstable US dollar, an estimated 48 million US citizens on food stamps, an increase in military activity with talk of marshal law, it is no wonder that people are shy to hand over their hard-earned dollars. They have other things on their minds, closer to home. The gap in income between rich and poor is greater in the United States than in any other developed country. Starting in the 1980s rates have consistently exceeded those of other wealthy nations. Half of the U.S. population lives in poverty or is low-income, […]

Refugees Find Comfort in Free FFLG Meals Throughout Europe


FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF – Ljubljana, Slovenia — Food for Life Global (FFLG) through its European affiliates continue to distribute free plant-based meals to refugees in over ten European countries. Over 10,000 meals have been served so far. As millions of refugees escape ghastly conditions in their home countries, more organizations and activists are coming forward to assist refugees find a safe and home and food and FFLG is among them. Slovenian human rights activist, Faila Pasic Bisic, listened to hardships faced by Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugees during a FFLG food distribution on September 6th in Slovenia. Her message is for governments and organizations to “think, feel, do something” for these migrants. Faila is among the 12 most influential European women according to European Institute for Gender Equality. On September 11th, many refugees arrived at the Stockholm train station and were welcomed with open arms by Swedish youth. Free meals were distributed outside the station by Food4Peace Sweden, an affiliate of FFL Global, and it was a joyful event. FFL volunteer, Kamala Priya, said, “There is still hope for humanity when young and old from different religions, cultures, and ethnic groups can come together to help”. On September 12th, FFLG affiliate, Up Association, distributed water, clothing and other supplies to refugees in Trieste, Italy. They also lined up for hot meals of rice, chickpeas, vegetables, tomatoes and a dessert. The Palestinian and Afghani refugees are finding temporary residence in abandoned warehouses nearby […]

Food for Life Global joins Yogathon event


Food for Life Global is one of the event parters participating in the Yogathon organized by Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI) on the first International Yoga Day to be celebrated on June 21.  100+ cities drive, 15 cities in New Jersey-New York area, seven cities in California, six cities in Texas and three cities in Ohio have already finalized the details of the Yogathon, said the organizers.  Among the Yogathon’s other partners include the Indian Consulate in New York, Air India and Subway.  The United Nations declared June 21 as World Yoga Day on December 11 last year, following a proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his visit to the United Nations in September last year, Modi had urged the world community to celebrate Indian Yoga at the international level and that June 21 be declared as the World Yoga Day. [youtube][/youtube] “We are more than happy to partner in this event,” explained director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner. “Food for Life Global hails from a yoga tradition and our mission is to create peace and unity in the world through teaching spiritual equality in action — free vegan food distribution. A non-violent diet is promoted in the yoga sutras and so it is only natural that our organization be involved in promoting the ideals of yoga.” To learn more about this event, visit