Environment

Food For Life Global

Overview

Headquarters for the world's largest plant-based food relief organization with projects in over 60 countries. This volunteer based organization currently serves more than 1.5 million meals daily. Beginning in India in 1974 the charity has expanded its services to include nutrition education, schools for the poor, orphanages, sustainable village development, clean water supply and medical assistance.

Mission

The primary mission of Food for Life Global is to help bring about a sense of peace and the opportunity for prosperity throughout the world via the distribution of pure vegetarian meals.

History

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 foodhas 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, an elderly Indian swami, Srila Prabhupada, shocked and saddened upon seeing a group of village children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food, told his yoga students: “No one within ten miles of a temple should go hungry . . . I want you to immediately begin serving food.” Hearkening to the swami’s plea, that original effort expanded into a global network of free food kitchens, cafes, vans, and mobile services, establishing daily delivery routes in many large cities around the world.

Program

Food for Life Global operates in more than 60 countries around the world. The largest operations are located in India where the need is greatest. Food for Life's Midday Meal program offers free meals everyday to poverty stricken school children throughout India. Food for Life affiliates are currently serving over 1,500,000 sanitary and nutritious meals every day through an extremely cost-effective program. One-dollar feeds five desperate people one life-saving meal.

Food for Life Global also has many other successful projects in North America, South America, Australia and Eastern Europe. Since 1974, more than 800 - million meals have been served by Food for Life Global. Food for Life Global expanded its services to include sustainable farming projects, orphanages, animal protection services, medical care, and education for underprivileged children.

Food for Life Global has a worldwide network of kitchens, cafes, vans and mobile services all providing free food, and has established daily delivery routes serving the infirmed in many megalopolises around the world. Food for Life Global has grown into the world’s largest plant-based food relief program.

Impact

Food for Life Global is an all encompassing metaphor. While pure, safe food nourishes the body, the person as an individual needs so much more. FFLG is dedicated to helping humankind realize self-actualization and providing the knowledge and tools to:

- Achieve Spiritual Self-Growth and Progress
- Realize Spiritual Equality / Material Difference
- Develop Positive and Realistic Visions in Life
- Learn Mutual Respect and Appreciation for Others
- Practice Commitment and Dedication to Self-Actualization
- Develop Open & Honest Communication Skills
- Accept Personal and Social Responsibility
- Achieve Economic Development and Prosperity Through Self-giving
- Develop an Awareness of the Welfare of Those who are Helpless
- Maintain Family Unity and Affection
- Lead an Exemplary Lifestyle

Goals 

In 2010, Food for Life aims to reach the goal of 1 billion meals served by the end of the year.

CEO

Paul Turner was a monk for 14 years and has traveled to over 50 countries teaching about the Vedic culture of hospitality and training volunteers in establishing food relief services for the needy. He is the current president and Director of Food for Life Global, the headquarters for the world's largest vegan/vegetarian food relief organization with projects in over 50 countries. The charity's services include free schools, orphanages, cow sanctuaries, sustainable farms, and large scale food distribution projects that serve over 1.5 million freshly cooked veg meals daily. Paul lives in Riverdale, NY and has a 11 year old daughter.

Paul also served as president of a web design company and possess over 25 years of IT experience. He has extensive experience in project management, web development (specializing in PHP, CSS, MySql and Flash script), graphic design, business strategy and product design. With a proven background in public relations, sales, marketing, he is adept at combining all these disciplines for achieving creative business solutions.

“His professional and personal skills are absolutely first-rate.” - Rob Wright, (Senior Communications Officer, The World Bank)

Countries 

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia

States

Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Puerto Rico

Contact

PO BOX 59037
POTOMAC, MD 20859-9037
Phone: 3019875883
www.ffl.org
EIN: 52-1952901


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