In times of pandemic, ISKCON volunteers organise Sunday feasts for the needy

By Yamuna Sundari dasi

Nourishment found through healthy and enriched meals is essential for the physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium of an individual. How distressing can it be to not have access to these basic needs in these crucial times of a pandemic? But there are initiatives out there that offer a ray of hope to those in need.

Among those is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), which has been providing free vegetarian meals for the community under the Food for Life program in Melbourne. Although the program began in 1974, this noble initiative has now reached the Western suburbs and has been very active in the months of the pandemic.

The Wyndham Hare Krishna Feast has been delivering free sumptuous vegetarian food every Sunday evening to those in need. So far over hundreds of free meals have been distributed. The food is prepared and packed with care by selfless volunteers and the deliveries are contactless in keeping with safety guidelines.

The food relief program for Covid-19 affected members of Wyndham Council has seen immense success from its inception three weeks ago with the people of the community being highly appreciative of this charitable work. Some happy testimonials from the recipients display the gratitude and delight they are experiencing by receiving these meals. One of such testimonials read: “I have recently got to know about these meals and I’m so grateful for the generous service they are doing. The food quality is great and kind service for the community is commendable. I wish them good luck in these endeavours.”

As it is rightly said that in giving we shall get, the prime essence of the Food for Life program aligns with this mood of displaying compassion for other humans and finding a practical solution to the existing problems of the world. Since food is the main crux of every culture and the basic criteria for our existence, it can certainly give rise to the spirit of brotherhood and unite everyone in service irrespective of any race, caste, religion and creed.

If you are personally affected by the current situation or would like to be a part of this humble and glorious work to help the vulnerable, please feel to contact us on 0450516572.

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