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  • London's Food for Life & Govinda’s Restaurant Launches UK’s First 100% Electric Food Van

    Food for Life London marked a milestone this Christmas by introducing the UK's first fully electric food distribution van to serve Londoners. The van started out its service by bringing treats to Londoners this Christmas.

  • Hare Krishna Melbourne, Australia, Provides Food Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Melbourne Food for Life distributes meals with contactless delivery to elders, children, students, the unemployed, as well as people who are isolated or in quarantine, and anyone in need.

  • 50 Million Meals Distributed by ISKCON Food-Relief in India and Worldwide

    Since the beginning of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been doing its part to help, worldwide. The major donor of this food has been ISKCON in India, that has served more than 50 million meals and dry good boxes through its 75+ kitchens across 22 states.

  • Watch Where You Put Your Roots

    According to the New York Times, “National lockdowns and social distancing measures are drying up work and incomes and are likely to disrupt agricultural production and supply routes—leaving millions to worry how they will get enough to eat.”  

  • 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.

  • Food For All UK Distributing 4,100 Meals Daily, Expects to Increase to 20,000

    With the UK now about to go into its fourth week of lockdown, people who would be struggling from one week to the next during normal times are now running out of money. Many are also sick or completely isolated in their homes without any family members. In this environment, more and more community groups are calling for free meals to help those in need. 

  • 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.”

  • Krishna Food Relief Serves the Homeless Sandwiches, Socks and the Holy Name

    “One day on my way there, I saw an old lady eating out of a garbage can,” Jagai says. “That really disturbed me, and I could not stop thinking about her. The next weekend on Harinama, a devotee family showed up with leftover sack lunches they had been distributing to homeless people in their neighborhood.

  • 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.

  • New Book: Soul Power - Five Noble Truths for a Successful Life

    Author Priyavrata Das’ hope is that these affirmations will give people the solace, strength, and the wisdom they need to succeed in life as well help remind them just how awesome they are as a spirit soul.

  • ISKCON Food Relief Foundation to launch #ZeroHungerHaryana Campaign

    Concerned about India’s falling rank on the Global Hunger Index, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation’s Haryana chapter is to launch a campaign against hunger. Through this campaign, the foundation aims at eradicating hunger and malnutrition from India starting with the Haryana State.

  • Devotees to Feed 3,000 London Refugees, Homeless and Students Daily

    Charity organization Food For All, run by Parasurama Das and other ISKCON devotees, is set to move out of its previous home at Bhaktivedanta Manor and into two purpose-built kitchens in London. The move will see Food For All triple its prasadam distribution.

  • 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:

  • Prasadarians Facebook Page Inspires Thousands

    “Prasadarians” is a prime example of just how powerful Facebook can be when used in the right way. Started by Mexican devotee Mahattama Dasi in 2012 when she was in remission from cancer and looking for a service she could do from home, it immediately exploded into a hugely popular group of 7,000 members, all sharing beautiful photos of food offerings (prasadam) to their Deities, along with recipes and stories.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • University of Florida and Krishna Lunch: The Cooperation Goes Stronger

    Serving up to 1,200 students a day, five days a week, the Krishna Lunch prasadam distribution program has flourished under Srila Prabhupada's vision. Krishna Lunch is served on the University of Florida's main crossroads, the Plaza of the Americas, which is the very place Srila Prabhupada lectured to over 500 students and faculty on his visit to Gainesville in 1971. 

  • 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. 

  • The Secrets of Food Marketing

    Think you aren't being fooled by advertising tricks? Take a look at this so-called expert revealing food marketing's secret weapon.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Breakthrough Urban Food Forest Tower Under Construction in Milan

    The city of Milan, Italy, is the future home of the world's first two food forest skyscrapers.

  • 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.

  • NASA Awards Grant for 3-D Food Printer; Could It End World Hunger?
    NASA has given a six-month grant to a company developing what could be the world’s first 3-D food printer. And the project’s developer, reports Quartz, an online digital news site, believes the invention could be used to end world hunger.
  • New Book: Tsunami of Diseases Headed Our Way
    Tsunami of Diseases Headed Our Way - Know Your Food Before Time Runs Out a new 565 page book by Dr. Sahadeva dasa is a bible on the subject of modern food and nutrition.
  • Pumpkin as a Healing Superfood
    When it's not moonlighting as a jack-o-lantern or as a centerpiece for random fall decor, pumpkin is actually an undercover superfood - one that bestows seasonal nourishment and deep healing, from head to toe, on all who partake.
  • Natural Sweetener Stevia Loaded With Antioxidants
    Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in antioxidants that prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer, according to a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. "
  • Fighting Fatigue - Top Foods, Herbs, Supplements and Tips

    It's no secret that many people experience some level of fatigue on a regular basis. Whether it's at the office, at home or anywhere else, fatigue can truly make you miserable and it can cause the quality of your work suffer.

  • Top 10 Vegetarian Health Foods This Year
    Due to our hectic life styles, we often make the mistake of compromising on our diets. We may want to add some super foods which are easily available and insures maximum good health.
  • The Yoga of Eating - Becoming a Food Yogi by Priyavrata das
    The 320 page book by Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata das) is the result of many years of research and crafting while teaching the art and science of food yoga around the world at vegetarian conferences.
  • 70% of Milk in Delhi, Country Is Adulterated
    Beware, your daily glass of good health could actually be doing you harm. As much as 70% of milk samples picked up from Delhi by a government agency failed to conform to standards.
  • Eat Quinoa To Lose Weight And Improve Your Health

    Quinoa is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas.

  • Beyond Food
    I’ve always had a distaste for food. I mean the word “food”. It just seems that something so essentially vital to our sustenance, so much a part of our daily lives, would have a more dignified nomenclature than fooood. Food sounds so animalistic. Indeed, the origins of the word are animalistic.
  • How Food Is Being Used As A Weapon
    When people begin to starve, instinctive primal triggers lead to a desire to do absolutely anything for food. Food could essentially be used as a weapon, thousands of times more powerful than money or most any other resource. But even in current times, food is used as a weapon by those in power through the use of government regulations and chemical additives that destroy both your health and your bank account.
  • World Food Supply Threatened by Japan Nuclear Radiation
    Fallout from the current meltdown occurring at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was hit by the 9.0+ mega earthquake and tsunami last Friday, could contaminate the world's food supply with toxic radiation, say experts.
  • Reversing the Secularization of Eating

    Our eating has been secularized. It has been robbed of its poetry and beaten into the staccato uniformity of packaged snacks. As a direct result, our prey suffer needlessly, our planet is wilting under the pressures of our demands, our neighbors are strangers, we are unhealthy, and our place in the order of things is lost behind the incessant pace of our living.

  • Why Quick, Cheap Food Is Actually More Expensive

    The odd paradox is that food insecurity--not knowing where the next meal is coming from or not having enough money to adequately feed your family--leads to obesity, diabetes and chronic disease.

  • Food and Faith: Agriculture as a Theological Act

    Wendell Berry has said that eating is an agricultural act. I have always suspected that agriculture is a theological act. The way we produce and consume something as basic as our food not only determines our physical and environmental health but is a reflection of our social health and a contributing factor of our spiritual health.

  • New Research Continues to Support Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

    Turmeric has been used for over two thousand years in India as a food and medicine - called Holy Powder. Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric to treat many conditions, including wound healing and infections.

  • The Eight Petals: The New Issue of Varnasrama Newsletter Released

    The eighth issue of the Varnashrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS for Madhusudan Mas has been released.

  • Diet of Mud and Despair in Indian Village
    "We live on a day-to-day basis," Suraj says, as the faint sound of hammering echoes across the village. "What we earn is what we spend on our families in a day."
  • You Are What You Grow
    How is it that today the people with the least amount of money to spend on food are the ones most likely to be overweight?
  • Cows on Drugs

    The pharmaceutical industry and agribusiness face the difficult challenge of developing antimicrobials that work specifically against animal infections without undermining the fight against bacteria that cause disease in humans.

  • US Position Could Pose Problems For GM-Free Labeling
    More than 80 food processing, farming and consumer organizations have called on officials to revise the US position on draft Codex food labeling guidance, saying it could cause problems for labeling food as GM-free.
  • Big Food Push Urged to Avoid Global Hunger
    A big push to develop agriculture in the poorest countries is needed if the world is to feed itself in future decades, a report warns.
  • Debate Over GM Eggplant Consumes India

    The purple eggplant that Indian shopper Tanuja Krishnan picks out at a Mumbai market stall every week is an unlikely protagonist in a raging debate about whether genetically modified foods should be introduced into India.

  • India to Launch Cow Urine as Soft Drink

    Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine. The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

  • 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.
  • Activists Win Small Battle Against Food Additives
    Activist parents and anti-food additive lobbyists are claiming a small victory in the battle against potentially harmful artificial food colourings. After declaring war on six food colourings banned or being voluntarily phased out in various European countries and the US over the past two years, the Kids First Campaign and the NSW Greens have pressured Nestle Australia to change the ingredients in one of the manufacturer's most enduring staples.
  • The Last Bite: Is the World’s Food System Collapsing?
    The World Bank announced that thirty-three countries are confronting food crises, as the prices of various staples have soared. From January to April of this year, the cost of rice on the international market went up a hundred and forty-one per cent.
  • Grains Gone Wild
    These days you hear a lot about the world financial crisis. But there’s another world crisis under way — and it’s hurting a lot more people. I’m talking about the food crisis. Over the past few years the prices of wheat, corn, rice and other basic foodstuffs have doubled or tripled, with much of the increase taking place just in the last few months.
  • In Defense of Food: How Processed Fare Affects Us
    For a great example of how our modern food supply got into such a mess, look no further than the history of bread. Back in the late 19th century mechanized roller-milling replaced the older, slower system of grinding grains between big stone wheels - a giant leap forward for food processing, and a step backward for human nutrition.
  • 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.
  • Morialta, the Black Boys,and Berry Cheesecake

    World-famous Hare Krishna cook, Kurma dasa, is on the road again, teaching, cooking, and eating. The latest report comes from Adelaide, Australia.

  • FOOD: Vegetarian menus root in beefy Buenos Aires
    The term "cocina vegetariana," or vegetarian cuisine, tends to draw blank stares or outright pity from Argentines on the streets of this city, considered by many the red meat capital of the world. But vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination. Krishna Veggie Lunch is a lively two-room restaurant that serves vegetarian food all day. It is adorned with icons, shrines, paintings, and murals depicting all faiths. It also has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling and a soundtrack that ranges from OutKast to Bob Dylan to Indian dub.