Food For Life
Food For Life – Relief Program
“Food For Life” program is an important activity of ISKCON Delhi. Food for life is a unique free food distribution program, which simultaneously satisfies the body by providing first class vegetarian meals for everyone. And it satisfies the soul because the food is prepared by temple devotees and offered to Lord Krishna before it is distributed to nourish the body and soul.
Every day we distribute Prasad to more than seven thousand visitor. During Festivals and Sundays, this sanctified food is distributed to around 10,000 people. Apart from this,ISKCON devotees and volunteers go out old-age homes, orphanages to help all the residents by distributing Prasad.
In addition to regular distribution in low-income areas, Food for Life has provided aid during several emergencies worldwide. Some recent examples are:
- Floods in Jammu & kashmir, India (2014): During the floods, devotees from ISKCON Delhi cooked prasadam for 10,000 people per day continuously for two weeks. The devotees would daily pack the prasadam (food), which was cooked to last longer than usual and with the help of Indian Air Force would ship it daily to be served at the flood rehabilitation centers.
- Phailin Storm in Oddisa, India (2013): Food for Life volunteers from several cities came together to provide assistance and food during the Phailin storm and continued to provide assistance every after a month. During this period, the devotees served more than 25,000 villagers with hot and nutritious prasadam on daily basis.
- Earthquake in Pakistan (2006): Food for Life volunteers from several cities in neighboring India came together to provide relief. Working closely with local military and police, the volunteers set up a base at an ISKCON temple in Udhampur within the earthquake-affected region, and loaded trucks with drinking water, rice, bread, and blankets. The Food for Life team provided these items to the earthquake victims, including survivors in towns with the most severe damage.
- Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast, U.S. (2005): Local Food for Life team members ventured into the hardest hit areas of the Gulf Coast, to distribute hot, fresh meals to affected residents. Food for Life teams in Texas continued to offer aid to evacuees and displaced refugees, serving up to 800 meals daily for several months following the disaster.
- Tsunami in Southeast Asia (2004): Food for Life was quick to respond, providing relief support and hot vegetarian meals to people on the same day of the disaster. In Sri Lanka alone more than 10,000 meals have been provided daily, along with medical care, clothing, and shelter for orphaned children.
- Cyclone in Orissa, India (1999): Food for Life was able to distribute more than one million vegetarian meals, along with water bottles, blankets, clothes, and first aid treatment to the devastated survivors.
- War in Grozny, Chechnya (1995): Since the beginning of the Russian counterinsurgency campaign on Dec. 11, 1994, Food for Life volunteers risked their lives to serve 850,000 bowls of hot porridge, freshly baked bread and tea to the local residents. A New York Times article declared that in Grozny, the Food For Life Krishna devotees “have a reputation like the one mother Teresa has in Calcutta: it’s not hard finding someone to swear they are saints. In a city full of lies, greed, and corruption, the Krishnas deliver the goods.”