Feeding PMB, one child at a time

2015-08-26 06:00
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The newly opened Goshala Restaurant which will be used to supplement funds by Food For Life.

PHOTO: supplied The newly opened Goshala Restaurant which will be used to supplement funds by Food For Life.

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THE Shri Krishna Goshala Farm in Thornville is home to Pietermaritzburg’s Food For Life (FFL) branch, a non-profit organisation that aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in South Africa.

With branches in almost every province in the country, Food For Life South Africa feeds more than 10 000 pupils a day from under-privileged communities.

FFL SA is affiliated to Food For Life Global, the world’s largest vegan-vegetarian food relief programme serving over a million plates of cooked meals a day and is funded mainly by member donations and corporate grants.

FFL SA chairman, Viresh Panday, said the organisation­ had been running in the city for five years and had now reached a point where it wants to involve more members of the public.

Goshala Farm was previously owned by Pandith­ Bob Maharaj. Since then operations from the farm have followed Vedic philosophies and is a place where cows are revered.

“Although this is the way things are run here. Food For Life is open to all people from every race, creed and religion,” said Panday.

The organisation has already distributed meals to communities and schools in and around Pietermaritzburg.

To come up with funds to run the organisation, FFL built and recently opened the Goshala Restaurant. This was to generate income for the organisation and 100% of the proceeds will be used to buy supplies for FFL.

“We buy, prepare and distribute. We are all volunteers, none of us are paid for our service. We encourage others to come on board and be part of this initiative,” said Panday.

Social activities, which include survival techniques­, community service initiatives like participation in voluntary feeding schemes, anti-drug programmes, fitness programmes including dance, yoga and karate, will be offered at a cover fee of R50, and includes a meal.

Classes will take place on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm.

FFL is looking for a board of directors for Pietermaritzburg­ and is appealing to the public to contact it should they be interested.

For more information, contact Panday at 083 324 4695, email info@fflsa.org or visit the website www.fflsa.org

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