Food for Life

EU NGOs and MEPs Dish up Free and Sustainable Fare


SPECIAL EVENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29th September 2015, European Parliament Esplanade, Brussels — Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch – and on 29th September 2015 a coalition of NGOs and MEPs are offering just that. The Free Lunch is a culinary, cultural and political public event co-organised by Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, Food for Life Global, Beyond GM and the European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Systems Group. The organisers will serve up to 1000 free lunches to Members of the European Parliament, Parliamentary staff and visitors, European Commission officials and members of the public. Additional food prepared during the event will be donated to the refugees camped at the Maximilian Park in Brussels. Food for thought This lunch – which will be made from surplus or aesthetically imperfect vegetables – is free of artificial additives and GMOs, does not contain animal products and will free up waste by using food that would otherwise be thrown away. The event will highlight that fact that current EU food system – indeed the global food system – produces unacceptable quantities of food waste and that our consumption habits, in particular our overconsumption of animal-derived foods, causes huge quantities of resource loss and environmental damage, encourages large GMO monocultures of maize and soya, not to mention causing untold and unnecessary suffering for animals and an increase in the risk of food-related non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, obesity […]

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, […]

Thousands of Refugees Fed Free Vegan Meals


September 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia — In light of the refugee influx in Europe, many organizations are coming together to actively support migrants to help their survival and transition.  In the last month, Food for Life Global (FFLG) and its European affiliates have distributed over 10,000 meals to refugee families throughout several countries.  Since August 29th, Food for Life Budapest has been supplying hot meals at 6 o’clock in the morning.  “We are distributing 300 hot meals every morning including fruits, tea, water, chocolates for children and clothing.  They like our Hungarian cuisine and relish whatever we cook for them,” said Gandharvika Prema, Communications Officer, FFL Budapest.  On September 2nd, there was a large wave of families at the Budapest Nyugati Railway Terminal queuing for the tasty meals being served by FFL Budapest. Another Food for Life volunteer stated, “We have heard some heartbreaking stories.  Tired refugees have been camping nearby the railway station in large numbers.  They have been on the road for months now and the nights are becoming increasingly cold, but they are ready to continue their journey if brings them to a better life.” Food for Life emergency food relief programs have been introduced in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.  People are gratefully accepting the hot vegan meals and new initiatives are being initiated in Germany, Sweden and Netherlands.  With roots dating back to 1974 in India, Food for Life Global is currently based in […]

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 

Cooking on the spot to serve people in Nepal


[youtube][/youtube] 16th May, 2015, Nepal — FFL volunteers went to Chamkharka village at Panauti to cook and serve hot meals, along with relief materials. Twenty-five Volunteers from FFL Nepal ventured out early in the morning with utensils, fresh vegetables, rice, and dhal to cook their now famous khichadi (rice, bean and vegetable stew) onsite. However, preparation for cooking was delayed when they realized it was not possible to transport their cooking stove & gas to the remote village. Volunteers had to gather wood from around the area to cook on an open fire. Once the khichadi was ready, a rush of children came to get their share, thrusting their plates & cups at the servers and screaming in anticipation. “We asked the children to first wash their hands with soap before serving them the hot khichadi,” explained one of the volunteers. “Even though they were very hungry, they all happily complied.” While some volunteers served the hot breakfast meal to the villagers, other volunteers handed out new & slightly used clothing, donated by the members of Thai-based Myanmar Born Gurkha Youth Association, headed by Mr. Sagar Kharel from Thailand. Food for Life Nepal also distributed bags of rice and biscuits to 93 families. Thank you to all the donors that have made these efforts possible. Please continue to help. Official Facebook Page: