Hare Krishna

Food for Life in New Zealand making positive changes in the community


Food for Life in the Northern Island of New Zealand received two glowing articles in the Whangarei Leader. One article featured volunteer Vanessa Hodgon who has served at the FFL kitchen for the last 18 months, while the other reported on the Corrections’ Vegetable Garden that supplies the FFL kitchen and the Salvation Army food bank Reporter Penelope McConnell wrote: “Last Tuesday they were lined up at the door,” said Vanessa. “On a rainy, cold day people like to come in for a hot meal. We definitely have our regulars.” When Hodgon moved to Whangarei she found she needed things to do and a way to get out of the house and meet new people. She looks forward to volunteering every Wednesday and often turns up early to ensure everything is clean and ready to go.  “This area at the front is my domain,” she says. “Everyone gets to know each other, there is no stress and we have a nice meal together.”  The other article reported on Food for Life’s innovative program for engaging prisoners in the charity’s good work. The article was titled: OFFENDERS TURN HAND TO HELP. Reporter, Alexandra Newlove said: More than 400 offenders are quietly righting their wrongs in the Whangarei community. We hardly hear of them, but the thousands of men and women sentenced to community work each year help maintain our schools, parks, marae, churches and cemeteries.  Community service manager Jay Wain in the Corrections’ Vegetable Garden that is maintained […]

New Kitchen Religion Cookbook series launched


The Hare Krishna movement is famous all over the world for the delicious meals they serve at large festivals. It is truly astonishing how the cooks are able to make so much food taste so good. As a result, the spiritual organizaton is often referred to as the “kitchen religion.”  “I made this movement successful simply by love feast*,” explained the founder, Srila Prabhupada during a room conversation at the end of his life. *Love feast: Another name for the Hare Krishna free vegetarian feast served on Sundays at ISKCON temples around the world.  “They did not come to hear Hare Krishna. They came for love feast. From very beginning, when I was in 26 2nd Avenue, every Sunday I was giving nice foodstuffs, at least 200 men….I was cooking myself. That is the beginning of our movement.” Srila Prabhupada is the inspiration behind the Food for Life project and was himself an expert at cooking delicious meals for large gatherings — and this is an important difference between Srila Prabhupada and other leaders of spiritual organizations. Srila Prabhupada always considered himself a servant of God and demonstrated his humility when establishing his new spiritual organization (ISKCON) by cooking for his students himself and then cleaning up after them!  In fact, Srila Prabhupada made it abundantly clear that eating pure food (prasadam) was an essential activity of his new movement.  “Our Hare Krsna movement is standing on three principle things: chanting, dancing, […]