The Early Days
In 1974, an elderly Indian swami, Srila Prabhupada, shocked and saddened upon seeing a group of village children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food, told his yoga students: “No one within ten miles of a temple should go hungry . . . I want you to immediately begin serving food.” Hearkening to the swami’s plea, Krishna devotees around the world were inspired to expand that original effort into a global network of free food kitchens, cafes, vans, and mobile services, establishing daily delivery routes in many large cities around the world.
FOOD FOR LIFE also provides food relief in times of natural and man-made disasters: In the war zone of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzagovina, FOOD FOR LIFE volunteers visited orphanages, homes for the elderly, hospitals, institutes for handicapped children, and basement shelters on a daily basis throughout the three-year conflict; an estimated 20 tons of food have been distributed since 1992. When an earthquake devastated Latur, India, in 1993, FOOD FOR LIFE volunteers drove 300 kilometers to be on the scene within hours, supplying 52,000 meals, clothing, and medical supplies to distressed villagers.
FOOD FOR LIFE’s most valiant efforts in war-torn Grozny, Chechnya were noted in a New York Times article (December 12, 1995) that stated:
“Here, [FOOD FOR LIFE volunteers] have a reputation like the one Mother Teresa has in Calcutta: it’s not hard finding people to swear they are saints.”
FOOD FOR LIFE was the first food relief agency to respond to the tsunami disaster of December 2004. Volunteers in Sri Lanka and India provided more than 350,000 freshly cooked meals during the months immediately following the tsunami, along with medical care, water, clothing, and shelter.
All food prepared and distributed by FOOD FOR LIFE is sanctified, a term rooted in Hindu tradition. People of all faiths, however, are familiar with the spiritual practices of thanksgiving and offering to God the first of the earth’s yield. The meals provided by Food for Life thus nourish both body and soul.
The World’s Largest
Today, Food for Life has emerged as the world’s largest vegan food relief program with thousands of volunteers in over 60 countries providing billions of free meals since 1974. It’s flagship programs are in India where Food for Life Global’s principle affiliate, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation and their Food for Life Annamrita project cook and serve up to two million meals daily to school children as part of the Mid Day Meal program initiated by the Indian Government. By 2011, Food for Life Global affiliates had reached a milestone of serving over one billions meals since its humble beginnings in West Bengal.
We can see the Happy face of the children when the got the proper lunch in the Mid Day Meal. Aren't they Happy?
During Earthquake here in Nepal FFL Nepal served the victims from different parts of the country feeding & Providing Food.
When FFL Nepal started the Mid day Meal Program in School the attendance of children was good. Students started coming School regularly.