With roots in Indian culture, the Food for Life project is a modern day revival of the ancient Vedic culture of hospitality. Since the beginning of recorded time, sharing of food has been a fundamental part of the civilized world and in India, such hospitality was based on the understanding of the equality of all beings.
In 1974, Srila Prabhupada was looking out from his room at ISKCON's temple in Mayapura (West Bengal), when he noticed a group of village children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. Shocked and saddened by what he saw, Srila Prabhupada turned to his disciples and said, "Imagine how hungry they are.... God is the Father. Wherever there is the Father, the children should not be hungry...No one within a ten mile radius of our temples should go hungry.... I want you to begin distributing food immediately."
These prophetic words rang loudly, inspiring his followers to expand the original Sunday Feast program into a global network of free food kitchens, cafes, vans, and emergency services. In many cities special food distribution vehicles were purchased and daily delivery routes to low-income areas began.
Food for Life has emerged as the world's largest vegetarian/vegan food-relief program with thousands of volunteers working in over 60 countries, helping the less fortunate, poverty-stricken and starving, even risking their lives in war zones. Today, the program distributes tens of thousands of free meals everyday, in a global effort to combat world hunger, by providing to the hungry people of St. Petersburg, Durban, Bangalore, London, Bombay and over 100 other cities worldwide including Denver, Colorado.
To date, more than 300 million free meals have been served since 1974-but these are not ordinary meals-all food is first sanctified or "spiritualized" with an offering of thanks given to God, to provide complete nourishment for not only the body, but the soul as well. Food for Life is proud to say that it provides the most "complete" welfare service.
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