FOOD FOR LIFE’S GLOBAL NETWORK OF KITCHENS, CAFES, VANS, AND MOBILE SERVICES, PROVIDES FREE PRASADAM TO THE HOMELESS, FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN POVERTY-AFFECTED REGIONS AND ALSO IN RESPONSE TO NATURAL AND MAN-MADE EMERGENCIES.
WHAT IS HARE KRISHNA FOOD FOR LIFE?
Food for Life as a project was inspired by events in 1974 when ISKCON founder, Srila Prabhupada saw a group of village children fighting with dogs over scraps of food. Being very upset by what he witnessed, he turned to his students and said, “No one within ten miles of a temple should go hungry… I want you to immediately begin serving food.” In response to his plea, members of ISKCON and volunteers were inspired to expand that original effort into a global network of kitchens, cafes, vans, and mobile services, all providing free sanctified vegetarian food in a diversity of locations around the world. Since that day, Food for Life has grown into the world’s largest vegan/vegetarian food relief program.
Food for Life’s mission is to bring about peace and prosperity in the world through the liberal distribution of sanctified vegetarian meals prepared with love and devotion. To that end, Food for Life Melbourne strives to collaborate with other organisations that align with these core principles. Further to this, Food For Life meals are sanctified, acknowledging that the Earth’s resources are not ours to take or exploit as we like, we are simply stewards and servants, reliant on and thankful to the ultimate source of all. This blessed food is known as Prasadam.
Food for Life Melbourne
During one of his many visits to Melbourne in the 70s, Srila Prabhupada famously said “Let every hungry man in Melbourne come and eat.” Since that time, Melbourne Food for Life volunteers have expanded on that mission in many ways distributing vegan and vegetarian meals uninterrupted for over 40 years. Current activities include daily distribution of around 5,500 meals per week from outlets in St. Kilda, Melbourne city centre (Crossways Restaurant), and mobile services in collaboration with local councils. Crossways and the Food For Life Kitchen (FFLK) also regularly partner with other volunteer organisations in Melbourne, including Melbourne Community Kitchen (Recycled Food Network), Free Feed Street Kitchen, Father Bob Maguire Foundation, and The Big Issue. FFLK also works in conjunction with social services to help provide food for the needy. At ISKCON Melbourne Temple in Albert Park, free meals are served 3 times daily to a variety of recipients. This happens 7 days a week.
In Praise of Food for Life -Testimonials
“I love working with Hare Krishna Food For Life. It is really tough for Melbourne’s working poor, single parents, students and many others who live on low incomes to eat regular, nutritious meals.
Thank God for the Hare Krishna Food For Life community who provide thousands of delicious, sustainable, healthy, and freshly cooked, sanctified meals every day. Please support them so they can expand their wonderful work.”
— Father Bob Maguire
“Another important building block for new democracy is the love and goodwill we show to each other. That is the spirit of Masakhane, of bringing one another together. It is also the spirit of today’s festival organized by FOOD FOR LIFE.”
— Nelson Mandella
“FOOD FOR LIFE is the real Reconstruction and Development Programme. The understanding that if I have a plate of food, let me share it with my neighbour . . . let those who are feeling sad come together with us, and together we can share this burden. This understanding should be taken from FOOD FOR LIFE and transmitted to the entire country.”
— Thabo Mbeki ( President of South Africa)
“…It’s great to see so much veggie food helping people out around the world, bringing people together in this fantastic way. Thank you, Food for Life.”
— Paul McCartney, London
ISKCON Melbourne Temple