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Food for Life Argentina is making everyone happy

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Food for Life Argentina was officially established in 2014 in Carlos Paz and has already distributed 18,000 delicious vegan meals in the region. The mission of the non-profit is to distribute healthy vegan meals to all citizens as a show of love and respect, but with a special preference for those in need. They have also been active in emergencies, responding to the recent floods, and are regular participants in community events providing delicious food, cooking demonstration and encouraging people to volunteer and collaborate with the charity. With a strong team consisting of experienced vegan chefs and 60 volunteers, they envision being able to expand the program throughout the country. Food for Life Argentina Carlos Paz also partners with other foundations and NGOs in the area, including G.A.N.A.S Malvinas por la educacion, Madre Teresa de San Marcos and La Luciernaga. The immediate goals of the charity are to secure a new kitchen and storage area in the center of the city. The project is currently operating out of the local Hare Krishna temple. A location has been identified and they are currently in talks with the local government to acquire it.  They also plan to get a food delivery truck to make distribution more efficient. They currently hire trucks and use their own cars.  “Our current focus is to provide meals to children and elderly people, especially those with terminal illnesses and those in hospitals,” explained, director of the charity, Viṣṇurāta Das (Fernando Barrera).  “These meals, aside from being healthy and necessary for the body, […]

Food for Life Chennai serving 10,000 meals daily to survivors

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Rains come and floods happen, but the 300% rainfall that fell in Chennai has devastated the lives of the people in Chennai. While the poor people in slums lost saw their huts and their meager possessions washed away, people in towering apartments were stranded and without food for three to five days. Imagine the scene, as heavy rains fill up lakes, the overflowing water bursts through their boundaries. Even as you see water overflowing into the streets and your home, sometimes breaking down walls, you are already knee deep in water. Poor laborers, engineers, and affluent actors had to rush somewhere to safety. Many were rescued – but many are still being rescued by boats and helicopters. ISKCON Chennai’s Food for Life program which was able to cook and serve meals on the very day that the great Asian tsunami struck in 2004, was this time, neck deep in water. Devotees in the temple were brought to dry land using boats and watched helplessly as the flood waters completely filled the basement of the temple from floor to roof. Vehicles were suddenly bobbing in the water. The iron water tank took a swim over the compound wall. Like the rest of the city, ISKCON Chennai is awakening from the shock and now reaching out to the public with hot meals, medical aid and personal needs. Currently, Food for Life Chennai is serving 10,000 hot meals daily. Besides distributing in public shelters, the volunteers are moving into streets still knee deep […]

Thanksgiving is a time to have gratitude — but it is much more than sharing a meal

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On Thanksgiving, we speak about gratitude, but what do we really understand about it? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, coupled with a readiness to show appreciation for, and to return kindness to, another person. In my mind, “returning kindness to another person” is the big fail for most people celebrating Thanksgiving, when on this day alone, more than 45 million innocent turkeys are sacrificed at the dining table. You may counter, “But a turkey is not a person.” Ok, so let’s look at what it means to be a “person.” The wiki dictionary puts it this way: A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood, which in turn is defined differently by different authors in different disciplines, and by different cultures in different times and places. It clearly states: “a being, such as a human…” It does not say, a person is a human. The author of the definition then goes on to dilute the meaning further by saying that a “person” is defined differently by people according to time and place. Convenient but not helpful. The Latin word persona was originally used to denote the mask worn by an actor. From this, it was applied to the role they assumed, and, finally, to any character on the stage of life, to any individual. The classic definition is that given by Boethius in “De persona et duabus naturis”, c. ii: Naturæ rationalis individua substantia (an individual substance of a rational nature). […]

Food for All Team Enters the belly of Beast in Calais

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On October 21, FFL Global affiliate, Food for All (FFA) set off from ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor in England with two vehicles loaded with food supplies and provisions such as sleeping bags, tents, and clothes, etc. to a place called “the jungle,” just outside of Calais in France, where some 6,000 refugees were struggling to survive in the worst conditions imagable. After a short ferry crossing, the volunteers arrived at the refugee camp only to find mud everywhere, heavy rain and people wandering around aimlessly, desperation painted on their faces. “Within seconds of arriving, we realised the situation was much worse than we expected,” explained director of FFA, Peter O’Grady (Parasuram das). “Many people had been living at the camp for 3 months or more. There were about a dozen portable toilets, but no showers, communal buildings, or kitchens for people to prepare meals. We saw someone trying to cook some porridge on an open fire,” said O’Grady. “One would expect at a refugee camp as large as this, that someone would be in charge, or for there to be at least some kind of order, but no, not here in “the jungle.” It was basically chaos from wall to wall. So we just drove straight down through the water and mud into the belly of the beast and took immediate action. “It was a little scary to be honest. There were hundreds of desperate people surrounded our van. The first task was to get people to make a queue, which needed all hands on deck, […]

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

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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 last 7 years.   With roots dating back to 1974, […]