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  • New Zealand Devotees Feed Thousands During Auckland Lockdown

    Prasadam meals are distributed in the city, in all the suburbs around Auckland, and to homeless people in “community hubs,” as well as those who cannot work due to lockdown. Meals are also dropped off at the door of Starship Children’s Hospital for staff to distribute.

  • Baltimore’s “Hunger-Free Zone” Ensures No One in Ten-Mile Radius Goes Hungry

    “We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a 10-mile radius,” Srila Prabhupada said during the Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur in 1973. Inspired by this statement, volunteers for the non-profit organization Hunger-Free Zone are ensuring that no one within ten miles of their kitchen in Baltimore goes hungry.

  • ISKCON SA Blanket Drive Initiative: Warming Hearts to ISKCON, One Blanket at a Time

    The Blanket Drive initiative has been going on for some years now, and this year the campaign was held in July 2021. To help Blanket Drive and Food for Life initiatives at ISKCON Port Elizabeth, contact the team or Svetadvip Das at

  • Food For Life New Jagannath Puri, South Africa Cooks 108 Pots of Prasadam on Women’s Day

    The Food For Life branch in New Jagannath Puri at ISKCON of Phoenix, South Africa – a suburb of Durban – relaunched on August 9th by preparing 108 pots of Biryani, a rice dish with vegetables. As the sun rose in the early morning, the impressive operation saw devotees cooking outside over multiple rows of wood fires against the backdrop of the New Jagannath Puri temple.

  • Food For Life in Turin, Italy, Distributes Thousands of Meals to Homeless

    Volunteers for the Food For Life Program in Turin, one of Italy’s largest cities, distributed 15,000 meals to homeless people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and plan to increase to 20,000 meals in 2021.

  • Philadelphia’s Mantra Lounge Feeds The Needy During Pandemic

    The Mantra Lounge in Philadelphia, known for its book distribution, has been reaching out to people during the COVID-19 pandemic by feeding the homeless and others in need.

  • ISKCON Contributes to Rise of Vegetarianism in Brazil, The World’s Largest Exporter of Beef

    ISKCON devotees have distributed prasadam – sanctified vegetarian food offered to God – with a view to shifting consciousness for the past 46 years in Brazil. Today, there are a number of successful restaurants run by Hare Krishna devotees across Brazil.

  • Food For Life Hungary’s “Christmas Love Feast” Feeds Thousands This Holiday Season

    During an especially challenging holiday season, the Food For Life Foundation in Hungary is bringing some care and support with its Christmas Love Feast prasadam distribution effort, from December 8th to 27th.

  • Food For Life Wales Receives Award From UK Prime Minister

    Food For Life Wales Director Tarakanatha Das has received a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister’s office. The prasadam distribution organization has distributed over 40,000 meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • ISKCON India Distributes Over 12 Million Prasad Meals During COVID-19

    While the nation has been affected by the Coronavirus crisis and is observing a lockdown, millions have been stranded with no food and shelter.

  • ISKCON's India Tribal Care Trust Initiative Helps People in Remote Areas Tackle COVID-19

    Amidst the coronavirus crisis and the consequent lockdown India’s tribal people are facing double difficulties - scarcity of food and lack of awareness about the preventive measures to curb spreading of the deadly disease.

  • Food For Life Hungary Distributes Prasadam and Face Masks to the Needy

    “We see that because of the Coronavirus, more and more people are losing their jobs, and running out of money,” says ISKCON Hungary spokesperson Gandharvika Prema Dasi. “And they have no support. So the number of people in need has been growing.”

  • Devotees Feed 1,000 Migrants in Juarez Refugee Facility

    “These people have really been to hell and back,” he says. “And I knew it was most likely that they’d never had prasad before in their lives. So it was very gratifying to be able to give prasad to so many people who had never tasted it before," says Abhay Das.

  • Poem: The Wisdom and Love of a Mother

    Priyavrata Das' mother was the mother of three devotees. She always supported their children on their paths. She passed away on June 19th, 2019.  

  • Food For Life London Plans “Walk Against Hunger” for 25th Anniversary

    Food For Life London, which has been feeding hot vegetarian meals to the homeless since 1994, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with its first ever “Walk Against Hunger.”

  • Food For Life Hungary Feeds Thousands During Holiday Season

    “There are so many families in Hungary who are on the edge of homelessness,” says ISKCON Hungary spokesperson Gandharvika Prema Dasi. “They are in debt, have no jobs, and without external help they struggle to maintain their lives and may lose their homes.”

  • New Zealand Charity Plans to Provide 1.2 Million School Lunches Annually

    To feed 6000 kids every day for a school year of 40 weeks, the charity would produce 1.2 million meals annually.

  • BJP The Ruling Indian Political Party Appreciates ISKCON Food Relief of Haryana

    ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) provides midday meals to 250,000 children of more than 2,000 government schools in the four districts of Haryana- Gurugram, Palwal, Kurukshetra and Faridabad. The main objective of IFRF is to provide healthy and nutritious food to the children which helps them in physical and mental development. 

  • Nourishing Body & Soul: Mayapur Aims High

    Prasadam - sanctified vegetarian food - plays a vital role in everything Krishna devotees do. From doing outreach activities on the streets, to a huge festival in the temple, to a personal function, prasadam has to be there, otherwise the activity is considered incomplete.

  • 'Let No One Go Hungry' - Food Distribution in Mayapur

    Srila Prabhupada continually stressed the importance of prasadam distribution in ISKCON Mayapur, and he instructed that no one within a ten mile radius of Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir should go hungry.  Following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, Food for Life Mayapur has been endeavoring for many years to fulfill this goal.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims are fed prasadam by Food for Life Mayapur, as well as villagers in the surrounding areas.  This video showcases the endeavors of ISKCON Mayapur’s Food for Life program, and demonstrates how they perform this wonderful service.

  • Mexico City Devotees Feeding 2,500 Earthquake Victims A Day

    As natural disaster after natural disaster continues to pummel the Americas, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca on September 9th. This was followed quickly by a 7.1 quake on September 19th in Mexico City.

  • Municipality Supports Food For Life Feeding Homeless in Turin, Italy

    The local municipality in Turin, one of the largest cities in Italy, is financially supporting ISKCON’s local Food For Life effort. Devotees feed 100 homeless people at two shelters every Monday. And local public, moved by the devotees' effort, are streaming in to volunteer.

  • New Govardhana Devotees Feed Murwillumbah Flood Victims

    Since Cyclone Debbie made landfall on March 28th, it has brought heavy downpours and flooding to many areas of Queensland, Australia. In the small town of Murwillumbah (population: 8,523), ISKCON devotees from nearby New Govardhana have done what they know best to help flood victims back on their feet: feed them prasadam.

  • Food for Life Nepal - A Short film

    Food For Life Nepal a non profit organization actively working by feeding 1600+ plates of Nutritious Food daily in more that 5 Government Schools where 100% attendance of the students was noted. For More Information visit - or

  • Food for Life Hungary Lights Up the Holidays for Thousands of Under-privileged Families

    Although the program runs all year long, due to the cold weather and the holidays, the month of December means increased service and dedication for the volunteers of Food for Life Hungary. During the December holiday season, they distributed 10,000 plates of hot meal and 6,000 packages of dry food all across the country.

  • ISKCON Hungary Organizes Interfaith FFL on UN World Food Day

    On October 16th the United Nations and the world celebrates World Food Day. ISKCON Hungary organized a major free food distribution event to the needy in Budapest. Volunteers of different faith groups worked together and distributed 1,600 plates of hot lunch, and gave out tons of dry food, including pasta, flour, vegetable oil, rice and other items from which families can cook from for weeks.

  • ISKCON’s Mega Kitchens on National Geographic Channel

    India’s mega kitchens on Nat Geo channel. In the show, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna introduces some of India’s mega kitchens.

  • Food for Life Vrindavan

    Food for Life Vrindavan ( is a humanitarian aid organisation officially recognized by the Indian government. For the last ten years, we have worked in the poorest villages in the Vrindavan area (120 Km south of New Delhi).

  • Devotees Chant, Serve Prasad at UK Anti-Nuclear Rally

    Around fifteen ISKCON devotees brought the sound of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and the taste of sanctified vegetarian food to a huge anti-nuclear march in London on February 27thThousands of campaigners gathered from all over the world to protest the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons program. The money, they said, should be spent on education and the National Health Service instead.

  • European Prasadam Distributors Feed Refugees, Parliament, Youth

    Members of the ISKCON devotee-run charity Food For All UK partnered with local devotees in Paris and Brussels to feed sanctified vegetarian meals to Syrian refugees, parliament members, and thousands of young people across three events in late September.

  • Food For All UK

    Written and Produced by Michael J Martin & Gareth Wakeham, Directed by Michael J Martin. Produced by Alfie Ambrose

  • ISKCON Hungary Steps Up to Help Middle Eastern Refugees

    UN data show that more than 300,000 refugees have tried to reach Europe so far this year. Of those, almost 200,000 landed in Greece and 110,000 in Italy. At the same time, some 2,500 migrants or refugees are estimated to have died or gone missing this year, trying to reach Europe. Civil organizations have stepped up to help refugees with medical aid, water or food.

  • Food for Life Global Moves Headquarters to Green City Capital, Ljubljana

    Today the network of affiliates expands the globe and now includes projects all over Asia, the former soviet union and many parts of Africa and South and Central America. “We are pretty much everywhere these days, although some projects are very small in comparison to our larger and more sophisticated projects in India, where it all started,” Paul Turner said.

  • ISKCON and Sikh Group Collaborates in Nepal

    Food For Life Nepal & Shaheed Bhagat Singh Brigade works together to help Nepalese people after the earthquake. 

  • Aftermath Day 21 - Food For Life Nepal at Panauti

    On 16th May, 21 days after the Nepal earthquake, FFL Nepal Team went to Chamkharka village at Panauti to serve cooked food & distribute some relief materials. About 25 Volunters of Food for Life Nepal went to that village early in the morning with utensils, fresh vegetables, rice, dal etc for the khichadi preparation.

  • Food for Life Nepal in the Earthquake Aftermath

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  • Update on ISKCON's Nepal Relief Efforts

    So far the Food For Life in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur has served over 40,000 plates of hot prasadam in shelters and hospitals. On Tuesday 28 April, 15 doctors arrived from Bhaktivendanta Hospital, Mumbai, who are conducting health camps around the affected areas. FFL Nepal has also received supply of two tons of grains from Kolkata. 

  • Hare Krishnas Feed Thousands in Quake Ravaged Nepal

    With the help of 350 Food for Life volunteers, the FFL team is daily serving five thousand people in Kathmandu and seven thousand people Bhaktapur with fresh nutritious meals. Over the next few days, the number of meals being served by the FFL volunteers are expected to double from twelve thousand to twenty four thousand per day.

  • ISKCON Katmandu Distributes Food to the Earthquake Victims

    On April 25th, a massive earthquake hit Nepal, which is now reported to have killed some 2,500 people. The ISKCON community has also been affected, with many devotees injured and having their houses lost. Some of their relatives got buried under the collapsed buildings and died. ISKCON Katmandu is trying its best to help devotees and people in need by providing shelter, medical help and organizing prasadam distribution.

  • Paul McCartney Congratulates Food for Life Global

    Paul McCartney endorsing the fabulous work of Food for Life Global volunteers all over the world for their dedicated work over the last 40 years.

  • Devotees Brave War-Torn Ukraine to Provide “Food For Life”

    A brave group of devotees have mounted a Food For Life effort and are preparing enough vegetarian food to distribute to 600 to 800 people every day in the war-ravaged city of Donetsk, South-East Ukraine. When Kishora Gopala Das, Yuthesvari Dasi and others at the ISKCON temple in Donetsk saw the situation escalate last year, they wanted to help citizens in affected areas.

  • ISKCON Hungary Celebrates Christmas With Massive Food Distribution

    During the month of December, ‘Food For Life Hungary’ ISKCON Hungary’s charity program has been distributing 30 tons of dry food (rice, flour, oil, pasta, canned vegetables) as well as 30,000 plates of hot meal to the needy all across the country. The ‘Christmas packages’ that the volunteers have been giving out in 12 locations and cities represent the only source of food for many families during the cold winter and the holiday season.

  • Food For Life In War Torn Eastern Ukraine

    Devotees in the war-torn Donetsk region have mobilized themselves into a "Food for Life" team which has gained government recognition and very substantial support. They are known by the new government as the "Hare Krishna devotees". Not only have they found a means for themselves to survive, but these devotees have taken the initiative to work cooperatively with the local government, to raise funds from within Russia, and to find the means to get large supplies of produce and grain for distribution. To find out more:

  • Food for Life Global Moving Offices to Australia

    Food for Life Global Inc, the headquarters for the world’s largest food relief is moving its headquarters to Melbourne, Australia. The non-profit will continue as usual but with the functions and services now running from Australia. All international affiliations will continue as before.

  • $500,000 Government Grant awarded to ISKCON Melbourne for Temple Kitchen Refurbishment

    On 22nd Oct 2014 the Victorian Government awarded a $500,000 grant to ISKCON Melbourne (Australia) for the Temple kitchen’s upgrade. The Temple kitchen has been distributing sanctified food to the poor and needy of Melbourne through the Temple and various other outlets such as Crossways Hare Krishna Food for Life, for over thirty years.

  • Food Yogi Random Act of Kindness Challenge

    Food for Life Global teaches that pure food has the power to create unity and it is my hope that this challenge goes viral and we all start seeing the spiritual equality of all beings.

  • Food For All UK

    Written and Produced by Michael J Martin & Gareth Wakeham. Directed by Michael J Martin. Produced by Alfie Ambrose.

  • ISKCON to Provide TB Hospital Patients with Wholesome Food

    Patients at Sewree's TB Hospital will soon be fed hygienic, protein-rich food specially prepared by cooks from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Keeping in mind that patients need wholesome meals to improve their health, BMC has asked ISKCON to set up a kitchen at the 1,000-bed hospital, that has recently come under fire for bad food and poor hygiene. 

  • Searching For Vedic India Available as E-book

    An updated edition of  Searching For Vedic India by Devamrita Swami is now available as an e-book in all flavors at The sages of India’s lost past delighted in knowledge of the nonmaterial. But they testified that they also knew how to produce material benefits without industry. Dare we consider that the subcontinent of India, thousands of years ago, was the center of the greatest spiritual wisdom and mystical technology that Earth has seen?

  • Generations Grew Up on Krishna Lunch at the University of Florida

    Krishna Lunch has been served at the University of Florida for 40 years. There is now students graduatinfg from this school who would not have eaten there at least once. ISKCON now partners with the University to upgrade the campus Plaza where the food distribution has been taking place for decades. 

  • Food for Life Vrindavan

    Food for Life Vrindavan ( is a humanitarian aid organisation officially recognized by the Indian government. For the last ten years, they have worked in the poorest villages in the Vrindavan area, south of Delhi. A video by Robyn Symon.

  • ISKCON Hungary Sends Aid to the Flood Affected Bosnia

    On May 23rd, ISKCON Hungary has sent a group of volunteers to the flood affected Bosnia. Having served in several flood and other natural disaster affected areas, these volunteers are experienced humanitarian workers. Primarily, they will help in the Sarajevo area by cooking, serving, driving and taking care of the victims in many other ways.

  • ISKCON Food Relief in Flooded Serbia

    A shocking video about the flooded Obrenovac area (Serbia), and about ISKCON devotees' efforts to reach the people in need and help them with fresh drinking water and hot meal. 

  • Kirtan Shakti Album to Support Underprivileged Girls in Vrindavana

    The proceeds from a unique new kirtan album, “Kirtan Shakti,” will all go towards educating underprivileged young women at the Sandipani Muni girls’ school in Vrindavana, India -- Lord Krishna’s birthplace.

  • President of Uruguay Welcomes Food For Life

    Voted the best president in the world, President of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica agreed to allow Food for Life Global director, Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata das) to cook him a vegan lunch (prasadam) and then discuss setting up a Food for Life project in Montevideo.

  • Radhanath Swami and Radha Krishna Das Speak at Annamrita Midday Meal Program's 10th Year Celebration

    Radha Krishna Das and Radhanath Swami speak about the beginnings of ISKCON's Midday Meal program (Annamrita) and the inspiration for doing this service.

  • Basanti Roi - A Government Officer Speaks on Annamrita

    On the occasion celebrating ISKCON's Annamrita Food Relief program Basanti Roi a Government Officer speaks appreciatively about the project.

  • ISKCON Food Relief Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

    ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), which has so far served 1.25 billion healthy sanctified vegetarian meals to underprivileged school children across India with its “Annamrita” program, celebrated its tenth anniversary on February 6th. People packed out the 3,500-seat auditorium at the Yogi Sabhagriha of the Swaminarayan Temple in Mumbai for the event, entitled “Abhar: Expressing Our Heartfelt Gratitude.”

  • Despite Weather Challenges, Food For Life Meals Continue to Go Out In the Philippines

    Food for life volunteers distribute pure vegan food daily to more than 1,000 victims of typhoon Yolanda-Haiyan in different barangays in Tacloban, Leyte and Samar. A total of 64,210 meals have been served over the last the two months from November 11, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

  • ISKCON Keeps Helping Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

    Due to the continuous help and incoming of donations, ISKCON’s Food for Life (FFL) activities are still going on and reaching the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The dedicated Food for Life team has been working in Tacloban city since Christmas day, and they prepare hot meals and deliver them to different areas of the city every day.

  • ISKCON Hungary's Merry Charity "Krishmas”

    6,000 plates of hot meal and 32 tons of food packages, warm cloths and toys were distributed by Hungarian Krishna devotees over the Christmas holidays. Many political leaders, well-known public figures, sportsmen and artists joined them as volunteers in helping their efforts to care for underprivileged families.

  • "The Very Best Day Of My Life" - Remembering Madiba

    "Madiba, you had a unique ability to rise above all political, ethnic, tribal and religious barriers to help the citizens of this country identify as one people, as South Africans."

  • Prasadam Brings Smiles to Thousands in Philippines

    ISKCON’s Food For Life continues to feed victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 7th with winds of 195 mph. ISKCON’s Food For Life is one of the many aid organizations doing what it can to help in the wake of the disaster. A a total of 15,130 plates were served over the thirteen days from November 18th to 30th.

  • Mr. Mandela's Speech at Hare Krishna Event Remembered

    President Nelson Mandela  gave a memorable speech at a gathering of 50,000 school children on April 23rd 1997 who were invited by Hare Krishna Food for Life to a public picnic in Durban Kings Park Soccer stadium called the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation”.

  • ISKCON’s Journey Through Apartheid With Mandela - A Tribute to Nelson Rohihlalha Mandela (1918-2013) Father of the South African Nation

    The memories of Mandela’s association with ISKCON shall forever remain etched in the history of ISKCON.  

  • Striving to Make Midrand (in South Africa) a “Hunger-free Zone”

    Every month, 2 000 plates of fresh nutritious meals cooked and served to children in Ivory Park, Midrand. Current recipients served by the FFL Program in Midrand, include the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, the Tumelo Home for the Mentally Handicapped, all located in a township challenged by a lack of services, housing shortages, poverty and hunger.

  • ISKCON Food Relief Featured in Influential Corporate Magazine

    Annamrita, an initiative of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation in India, has received a three-page feature article in CSR Mandate magazine. The article describes how ISKCON Food Relief Foundation feeds more than 1.2 million underprivileged children across India everyday. It explains how this allows poor children to attend school and get an education rather than turning to crime or menial work in order to survive.

  • Report from the Front Line — Helping the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

    "Our Food For Life team started out for Leyte in the morning. We left our base camp at around 8am to travel some 1500 km Abuyog, Leyte."

  • Food For Life Feeding Thousands in the Philippines

    Food For Life volunteers are bravely venturing into the most affected parts of the Philippines to feed victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The super-typhoon struck the Philippines on Thursday November 7th with winds of 195mph, and is being described as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history.

  • ISKCON Feeds Nearly 30,000 Victims of Cyclone Phailin

    Two weeks after Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha (formerly Orissa) and Andhra Pradesh at 140 mph, the Eastern Indian states are still reeling. Doing its part to help, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation -- which delivers healthy vegetarian meals to 1.2 million underprivileged school children around India every day -- flew members into Odisha on October 15th.

  • Kitchen Religion Books Announces Quantity Cookbook Series

    Kitchen Religion Books announces the publication of the forthcoming publication of a new cookbook series, The Kitchen Religion SeriesQuantity Cooking for the Krishna Kitchen, a set of four volumes of quantity cooking cookbooks.

  • Successful Stok Kangri Trekkers Raise $80,000 for Poor Children's Education

    On September 11th, a group of 21 individuals from the United Kingdom started to trek Stok Kangri, the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. Out of the 21 trekkers, 12 made it to base camp at 5,100 meters and 8 made it to the summit on September 17th.

  • Trekking the Himalayas to Educate 500 Impoverished Girls

    On September 11th, a group of 21 individuals from the UK started to trek Stok Kangri, the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas. The trekkers are all volunteers, and the purpose of their undertaking is to help raise awareness and funds for the Food for Life Vrindavan Society.

  • World Charity Day Celebrated With Food Distribution

    Accepting a motion by the Republic of Hungary, the United Nations declared September 5th to be the International Day of Charity.

  • ISKCON Suggests Preventative Measures After Midday Meal Deaths

    On July 17th in the Northeastern Indian state of Bihar 27 school children died of food poisoning. Some of the groups are well-equipped NGOs such as ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF)—was not involved in the tragic incident. So why did this negligence occur, and what can be done to prevent such tragedies in the future? Radha Krishna Das, the managing director of IFRF explains.

  • ISKCON Opens Charity Shop in London

    On the 31st May 2013, singer and song writer Pete Doherty visited Matchless Gifts, to open ISKCON’s first Charity Shop in London. The shop sells clothes, gifts and other items that people don't want anymore and donate to the shop.

  • "Poor Man Feast" on UK Television
    UK Food for Life champion Parasurama das appeared on the Food Glorious Food ITV program on April 3rd at 8pm 2013. Featuring the ISKCON classic dish "Kichari" and got an excellent review from Lloyd Grossman, former Masterchef host and famous food lover.
  • 1,08,000 Underprivileged Citizens of Mumbai Relish Hot Meal
    On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, devotees at ISKCON Juhu distributed more than 1,08,000 plates of hot meals to visitors at the temple and the underprivileged in Mumbai on 14 and 15 January 2013.
  • ISKCON Hungary Distributes 10,000 Plates of Hot Meal Over Christmas
    ISKCON Hungary distributes several hundred thousand plates of free hot meal all year long, but they always make an extra effort to take care of the poor during the cold months, especially during Christmas time.
  • New Food For Life Facility Opens in Budapest, Hungary
    A new ISKCON Food for Life facility supported by the municipality of Budapest’s 7th District opened on November 12th in the Hungarian capital city to a positive reception.
  • Feeding 1,000 Underprivileged: Food for Life Day in Hong Kong
    The event was branded as a success by many in the City in Hong Kong, and was the first time such collaboration had taken place in Hong Kong to deliver over 1,000 meals to the underprivileged, primarily the elderly.
  • Food Yoga Featured in Veritas Magazine
    Leading consciousness magazine, VERITAS, published a three page article on Food Yoga written by director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner (Priya Vrata). The article is an introduction to food yoga, but also shares many of Paul's early experiences as a monk and humanitarian.
  • Annamrita Announces Michelin-Starred Chef Vikas Khanna as its ‘Goodwill Ambassador’
    World renowned Chef Vikas Khanna’s love for food and children comes together with his association with Annamrita. As a goodwill ambassador Chef Vikas Khanna has pledged his support and shall play a pivotal role in propagating Annamrita’s mid-day meal scheme, undertaking various activities to complement the awareness and fund raising efforts.
  • 300 Students To Get Free Lunches From Hare Krishna Society in Fiji
    Society executive Dr Rajesh Maharaj said that they have so far distributed more than 37,000 plates of food to 5,900 students in 29 schools in Ba, Nadi, Lautoka and Sigatoka for seven weeks with a donation of $21,000 from AUSAID.
  • Annamrita Now Feeds the Children of Kolkata
    The West Bengal Government handed over a 14,000 sq. ft. land in Kolkata to ISKCON's Annamrita mid-day meal program in a grand ceremony on 27th April 2012. Annamrita began its work from 2nd May and is now distributing daily meals to 3500 students across 35 schools in Kolkata.
  • Good Food Leads to Better Attendance in Indian Schools
    The total population of students of Primary Schools of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation is more than 16,000. The tasty, wholesome meal prepared in pure ghee - khichdi, dal, rice, usal and other food preparations are attracting more and more students to these schools.
  • Indian State Launches Unique Free Food Scheme for Poor Hospital Patients

    Hot lunch will be served to patient and attendants at the Niloufer Hospital, daily, thanks to a joint program launched by the Hare Krishna movement, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure limited and the Andhra Pradesh government.

  • Great Leap Forward In Cooking
    Lizards and insects emerging out of midday meals will now be a thing of the past for 65,000 children studying in government schools in and around Jamshedpur, India. Come April 9 and their meals will roll out from delivery vans packed in shining steel utensils containing 'dal bhat and subzi'.
  • Devotees Feed Passers-by in Fiji
    Market vendors and passengers at the Suva bus station (Fiji) took advantage of free lunches yesterday provided by the Hare Krishna movement. The members of the Hare Krishna faith distributed 1000 serves of food to passers-by.
  • ISKCON Midday Meal Receives Best Social Work Award
    ISKCON Food Relief Foundation’s Midday Meal program—which feeds over one million meals of sanctified, nutritious vegetarian food every day to underprivileged children in ten Indian states—was named the “Best Organization in Social Work” at the D.Y. Patil Annual Achiever’s Awards on Sunday November 13th.
  • ISKCON and the Mayor of London Join Hands to Feed 5.000
    “It was an event of Biblical proportions,” explained London`s Food for All Director Parasuram das. “We had 2 hours to distribute 5000 plates of prasad at Trafalgar Square, London. It seemed impossible but about 40 volunteers turned up to help serve and the day before we had 30 at Bhaktivedanta Manor to chop vegetables.
  • 1,800 Inmates of Bhondsi Jail Get Home-cooked Food
    Wednesday was a different day for all the 1,800 inmates of Bhondsi jail. The inmates attended a spiritual session and were offered home-cooked food by ISKCON food relief foundation.
  • India School Lunch Program
    Anywhere from a third to 40 percent of the world’s undernourished children live in India today, and about half of all children here have stunted growth. The statistics are all the more telling given India’s strong growth rate and its booming economy in recent years.
  • 3000 Flock to Free Lunch by Hare Krishna Devotees in Fiji

    Devotee and divisional health inspector Rakesh Kumar said the donation marked their respect for Lord Krishna and their love for the people all over the world. "We don't believe in racism and discrimination but we strongly believe in sharing and loving one another', he added.

  • AmmA Means Mother

    50 minute version of the touching story of the amazing warm-hearted lady who runs is Mother to 100 children in a Orphanage in Sri Lanka and the children who open their home and hearts to those orphaned by the Great Asian Tsunami of 2004 in which 300,000 lost their lives.

    Food For Life Global Director Paul Turner found this gem of a story while he and his organization were feeding 30,000 people a day.

    Narrated by Academy Award-winner, F. Murray Abraham. Sound recording my performance artist Laurie Anderson, with music by The Smithereens, Nick Lowe, Trini Lopez, Sun Palace, Astrud Gilberto, and the Chintanami Band.

    Directed by James Clement Cook, Written by Andrea "Sid" Curtis. The uploaded documentary is the "Director`s cut" version.

  • ISKCON Food Relief’s New State-of-the-Art Kitchen to Feed 65,000 Children
    The program is part of the Government of India’s Midday Meal Scheme, which aims to give poor children from slum and tribal areas better nutrition, improve their school attendance, and reduce the drop-out rate.
  • Tata Steel Partners With ISKCON In Mid-day Meal Scheme for Underprivileged Children

    Tata Steel has partnered with the Government of Jharkhand and ISKCON Food Relief Foundation to roll out a mid- daymeal scheme for underprivileged school-going children in East Singhbhum and Saraikela-Kharsawa districts of Jharkhand. Over one hundred thousand school-going children to benefit in next two years.

  • Food For Life Soup Kitchen Forced to Move by Budapest Municipality
    After a decade of distributing free vegetarian food in the busy Blaha Lujza square, ISKCON devotees in Budapest, Hungary have been forced by the Municipal Government to move their Food For Life soup kitchen to the less-than-ideal Teleki square.
  • New Bye-Law Could See End of Hare Krishna on London Campus
    A new bye-law being discussed by Westminster Council could see the end of the Hare Krishna delivering free food on University of London campuses. The proposals have met with strong resistance from different sections of society, including volunteers, church representatives, homelessness charities and rough sleepers.
  • India`s Education Department Awards Mid-day Meal Contract To ISKCON
    The education department has outsourced a contract to provide mid-day meals to primary government schools all over Gurgaon. An agreement has been signed between the Directorate of Elementary Education and ISKCON to provide meals to more than 90,000 students across the city.
  • Japan Relief - Calling Volunteers

    The colossal 8.9-magnitude “superquake” that erupted just off Japan was 8000 times more powerful than the one that recently hit Christchurch in New Zealand. Food For Life Global is calling volunteers to join the relief mission in Japan.

  • ISKCON Devotees Join UK Food Relief Program
    For many years Hare Krishna Food for All, the Kingscross, UK prasad distribution team, has worked together with a local Catholic church to benefit the homeless community. Four days a week ISKCON devotees deliver cake and biscuits to a church in Camden, North London for 300 people.
  • All-India ISKCON Midday Meal Project Adds 19th Center
    The ISKCON Midday Meal project—part of a larger program by the Indian Government to give poor children from slum and tribal areas better nutrition, improve school attendance, and reduce the drop-out rate—received permission recently to add a 19th food distribution center.
  • Camden Council Accused of Targeting Hare Krishna Charity

    Parking wardens have been accused of waging a campaign against homeless people after claims that a van that gives food handouts was ticketed for the fifth time in two months.

  • Third School for Underprivileged Children Opens in Vrindavana
    A third Sandipani Muni School will open in Kikinagla Village on October 23rd, to provide free education for poor children in Lord Krishna’s birthplace.
  • “The Water Took Everything”: Hungarian Devotees Help In The Flooded Area
    Since the beginning of June, unusual flooding has been causing major problems in Northeastern Hungary. The members of the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness have been distributing a thousand plates daily of free food in the flooded area.
  • Celebrating Culinary Victory in Russia
    Volunteers from “Food for Life” Charity Fund participated in ‘Victory Day’ celebrations in Russia on the 9th of May by distributing three thousand portions of porridge to veterans of the Second World War.
  • Food For Life Builds Homes for Vrindavana Families
    Food for Life Vrindavana are partnering up with Habitat for Humanity to build forty homes for underprivileged families in Krishna's homeland.
  • A Giant Leap for Food For Life Mayapur
    Sri Nataraja Trust, an NGO based out of Chennai, has pledged to donate Rs 365,000 (equivalent to $8300) annually to Food For Life ISKCON Mayapur, which amounts to feeding 100 hungry people everyday.
  • Jaladuta’s “Scurvy Crew” Brave Danger and Death in Bihar

    A “scurvy crew” of eight ISKCON devotees boarded the “Jaladuta” on March 20th this year for their fourth annual Jal Yatra, continuing their journey of spiritual inspiration and perilous adventure down the length of the Ganga.

  • Haiti Food Relief Halted
    Food for Life Global, the world’s largest vegan food relief, ceased all food distribution on March 27 due to logistical challenges associated with the Haitian government closing down all wet food distribution programs in refugee camp sites.
  • Food For Life Still Needs Your Help in Haiti
  • Food For Life Heads into Center of Haiti “Disaster Zone”
    Volunteers continue to arrive from around the world to prepare and serve meals to survivors.
  • ISKCON Wins Indian National Child Health Award

    The ISKCON Food Relief Foundation of Mumbai, India was presented this month with a National Child Health Award from the first ever Lifebuoy National Child Health Symposium.

  • Hindu Group To The Rescue
    SUVA: A Hindu religious organisation is willing to help the 23 homeless people at a Catholic shelter going through administrational bickering.
  • ISKCON FFL Gesture for Kurnool Flood Victims
    TIRUPATI: In a major initiative to resurrect devastated lives, the Tirupati unit of International Society of Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) has announced to meet the basic needs of 1,000 families in the flood-ravaged Kurnool district, India.
  • ISKCON Philippines Food For Life Feeds Typhoon Ondoy Victims
    ISKCON’s Food For Life program in the Philippines is assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy, which has left more than 300 people dead and nearly 400,000 affected. The tropical storm, which hit the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines on Saturday September 26, caused some of the worst floods the country has ever seen.
  • ISKCON Inaugurates Vegetarian Restaurant in West Africa
    On May 22 this year, devotees in the West African city of Lome, Togo, inaugurated their new vegetarian restaurant with a celebration and feast. The restaurant’s origins go back five years ago when devotees, encouraged by their late guru Bhakti-Tirtha Swami’s directions on simple living and high thinking, established an active Food For Life program in Lome and surrounding areas.
  • Food For Life Attends Slovenia's Largest Student Festival
    Recently, Food For Life Slovenia was present at 'Škisova tržnica' the biggest Slovenian students' clubs festival with more than students in attendance. Twenty volunteers prepared and distributed thousands of cookies, sandwichs, puris and papadams to students and participants.
  • Food For Life Ecuador Feeds Dying Patients

    ISKCON’s Food for Life branch in Ecuador, South America braved the rainy season’s flooded roads to visit a nursing home in the city of Guayaquil late this March. Known as “The House of the Dying Man,” the home’s numerous assistants care for 60 elderly people with terminal diseases.

  • ISKCON’s Food For Life Honored at Delhi Festival
    Members of ISKCON’s Food For Life program where recently invited to a “Sankalp Utsav” festival organized by the Government of Delhi, in Pragati Maidan in the city center. Delhi Chief Minister Srimati Sheila Dikshit, who inaugurated the function, honored the ISKCON devotees with a request to light the event’s inauguration lamp in front of the assembled electronic and news media.
  • The Hidden Hunger Behind India's Huge Success
    UJALA is starving to death. She is four months old but weighs only 1.5 kilograms, about a third of what the World Health Organisation says is normal for her age. The sagging skin on her tiny limbs and her grossly distended stomach are signs of acute malnutrition. Her hip bones protrude like gross deformities and her face winces with a hacking cough.
  • Food For Life Latvia: Give a Little, Get a Lot
    RIGA, LATVIA - About once a week since I first moved here, I’ve met a lady on or near Barona street asking for money for the Hare Krishna “Dzivibas Ediens” (Food for Life) program, which feeds the homeless and anyone else who lines up in front of the Barona street building.
  • Food For Life South Africa Serves Love to All on Valentine’s Day
    Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time when romantic couples or other closely related people express their love for each other. But this February 14, ISKCON’s Food For Life staff in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, showed their love for everyone by giving gifts of delicious vegetarian food to people they had never met before.
  • Rotary International Honors ISKCON Midday Meal Project

    The Mumbai branch of Rotary International, a humanitarian organization with 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide, organized a charity show this January 29 to honor ISKCON’s Midday Meal Project.

  • Economic Crunch Hits ISKCON Mumbai's Midday Meals Program

    MUMBAI: The economic slowdown has kicked many in the stomach, but few as directly as the Midday Meal Project in Mumbai. That's what one of the providers, the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (FRF), is figuring out the hard way.

  • Mumbai Citizens Donate Towards ISKCON Food Relief

    The Rotary Club of Mumbai Cuffe Parade played the role of a catalyst by connecting GATI, a large Indian transportation and logistics company, with the Mid Day Meal project of Mumbai's ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF). On Friday the 23rd January Shri Devendra Agarwal, head of GATI, handed over the keys of one large truck to IFRF's director Dr. Radha Krishna Dasa.

  • Food for Life Vrindavan Wins 2008 Asian Charity Award
    Despite tight economic times, guests and dignitaries at the prestigious 8th Annual Asian Achievers awards reached into their hearts and wallets to pledge help Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV) build its third school for desperately poor children and their families in Vrindavan, India.
  • Delhi Soup Kitchens Keep Hunger at Bay

    New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Hemant, a part-time hawker, lives behind a roadside temple off Janpath in the heart of the capital. The 18-year-old has a new love - the Aap ki Rasoi (your kitchen) van that makes a stop at India Gate lawns every noon and gives him his one hot meal of the day.”I am alive today only because of this food,” Hemant, a migrant from Chhattisgarh, told IANS.

  • Obama Praises Akshaya Patra For Its Noble Work
    US president elect Barack Obama has praised the charitable work of Akshaya Patra, considered the world's largest non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for the upliftment of the underprivileged, describing it as a model not only for India but for other nations as well.
  • Parasurama Dasa: Food For All, And All For Free

    At 6.30 in the morning, six days a week, Parasurama Dasa and his Food For All team start cooking for 800 people. By 11am, the feast of rice, dahl, subji, salad, cake and juice is ready to be transported from Bhaktivedanta Manor to London. There, it’s loaded onto bicycle rickshaws and delivered to 600 students and 200 homeless people around the city. Parasurama then spends the rest of his afternoon picking up vegetables from local supermarkets and cleaning his van.

  • ISKCON Brings Relief to Orrisan Flood Victims
    One of the biggest floods in Indian history has inundated the state of Orrisa since 15 September 2008 when waters from the Mahanadi river surged into almost 20 districts. An estimated 3 million people are affected in what has been described as an unprecedented flood in the Mahanadi river system.
  • Hare Krishna Distributes Meals in Warstruck Georgia

    Hare Krishna devotee Demid Nesterenko gives "Food for Life" (prasadam in Hare Krishna parlance) to a resident of Tshinvali, Georgia.

  • ISKCON Devotee Wins UK Recycling Award
    UK charity ‘Food For All’ was presented with the first prize trophy at this year’s Novelis Community Recycling Project awards. The ceremony took place in central London and was attended by groups from all over the country who are pro-active in recycling. Novelis, the largest recycler of aluminium drink cans in Europe, praised the charity's collection and distribution of fresh food from supermarkets which would otherwise be thrown away.
  • Food For Life Keeps Vrindavana Clean and Green
    Food for Life Vrindavana, not content with simply making an effort this Earth Day (April 22) is running several full-time environmental projects to beautify Krishna’s birthplace. First up is Project Varahadeva, launched in April 2003.
  • How Cow Dung Saved the Children of Miwani
    I was invited to travel to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, very far from the Kenyan coast on the Indian Ocean. Kisumu was from all the accounts I had heard a pretty disagreeable place. In the early years, I had read in advance of my journey, that apart from the endemic sleeping sickness, bilharzia, malaria and the nasty malarial complication known as "blackwater fever", the climate was sweltering and municipal hygiene primitive.
  • Flat Rice and Hot Bean Stew for Survivors in Bangladesh
    DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Hundreds of thousands of survivors were left homeless after the deadliest cyclone to hit the area in a decade. Soon after the dust settled, a team of volunteers consisting of Krishna monks and Indian businessmen traveled to Khulna, Bagherhat, Potuakhali and Barishal to conduct several Food For Life programs for survivors.
  • 'Share Your Care' Driven by Commitment
    Share Your Care is a non-profit organisation devoted to providing love and holistic health care. It focuses its attention where there is a need for medical relief, food relief, counseling and spiritual uplift. Share Your Care raises funds and awareness for those who cannot afford medical treatment and who would otherwise be neglected.
  • Krishna Lunch Program Extends Hiatus During Measles Outbreak
    The Hare Krishna Student Center, best known for running the University of Florida’s popular “Krishna Lunch" program for the past 36 years, is working with university officials and the Alachua County Health Department to contain an outbreak of measles in the area, home to the largest community of Hare Krishna devotees in the West.
  • Research Shows Promising Results for Mad Cow Vaccine
    Researchers are celebrating the promising results of a vaccine given to mice that could result in an effective human drug for BSE (Mad Cow disease). But will it work humans?
  • Milk Might Transmit Mad Cow Disease

    Mad Cow Disease, also known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), affects the central nervous system of the cows. The brain loses control and the animal ultimately dies.

  • ISKCON to Distribute Prasadam at India's Airmen Recruitment Rally

    Airmen recruitment rally from today Friday January 12 2007 10:41 IST MANGALORE: The pandal is set in Football Pavilion near Nehru Maidan and a set of officers from Indian Air Force (IAF) descended on Wednesday to ensure that country’s first massive Airmen recruitment rally in 2007 works in a clockwork manner.