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Mission Statement

Provide free food to the needy in Puget Sound area regardless of race, sex, religion, social status and economic condition.

Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of this world-wide institution, officially began the program of charitable food distribution in 1973 when in India he saw village children fighting with street dogs for food scraps. This prompted him to give the order that, "No one within a ten mile radius of our center should go hungry." Over the last 25 years 1,500 volunteers have established vegetarian food relief services in 65 countries throughout the world.


Following is the list of food distribution activities presently carried out by the volunteers here at our Seattle branch on a regular basis:

Ø Distribution of free vegetarian meals on Tuesday through Saturday, five times a week to My Sweet Lord Restaurant which is a part of the regional charity Kalaksetra. A typical meal includes a salad, vegetable soup, rice, flat breads and a drink. The restaurant is located at 5521, University Way N.E. Seattle, WA.

Ø Distribution of free vegetarian meals every day, both in the morning and evening at our Sammamish center.

Ø Distribution of free vegetarian meals in Greater Seattle area at the Festival of India, held during the Labor Day weekend every year.

Ø Subsidized meals at various Greater Seattle locations.

Ø Vegetarian/vegan cooking: Promote cooking at, for e.g. Kumbhamela, Dance for Peace and Festival of India.

Ø Seniors Dinner and Teen Feed in various Puget Sound locations.

Ø Cooking camps: Periodic camps are conducted in various parts of the city to showcase healthy living. Volunteers teach Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, and middle eastern cuisine



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