The Viva Vine: vol #5, no #3: November / December 1996

Stop Gap: Food Not Bombs and others fight hunger
[vegetarian food relief fighting hunger, part II]

Feed the World Day [Nov. 23]


In 1974, Srila Prabhupada was looking out from his room at the Hare Krishna 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, the swami proclaimed that no one within a ten mile radius of his temple should go hungry.

Food for Life was since started and has become one of the world's most persistent relief organizations, delivering free, strictly vegetarian food to the disadvantaged wherever they may be; or to war-torn regions, in one case, even after the Red Cross had given up.

On one day, this Nov. 23, the centennial of the birth of Swami Prabhupada, 3 to 5 million veg meals will be distributed worldwide. In New York City, 10,000 "sweets" packets along with a spiritual, pro-veg message will be distributed to crowds along a Manhattan parade route. [Refer to the calendar for more information.]

Food Not Bombs [vegetarian food relief fighting hunger, part I]
Grain Shortages: Meateaters the Driving Force

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