By Kumari Kunti Sherreitt, Madana Gopal Das

Since the beginning of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been doing its part to help, worldwide. The major donor of this food has been ISKCON in India, that has served more than 50 million meals and dry good boxes through its 75+ kitchens across 22 states, starting in early March until June 8th when the country began to re-open.   

ISKCON India’s resident monks and volunteers distributed these meals to the very poor, daily-wage families, migrant workers, essential workers and tribal communities. It was ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada’s vision, that no one within a ten-mile radius of any ISKCON center should go hungry.  

“Today I visited @iskconglobal Central Kitchen at Dwarka, Delhi set up by @ISKCON_Dwarka with support from @DMSouhtWest1. It is providing food to about 5 lakh [500,000] migrant workers & needy people in #Delhi during #COVID19. I commend them for this great humanitarian effort,” tweeted G. Kishan Reddy, India Minister of State of Home Affairs. 

ISKCON’s largest kitchen was in New Delhi, the nation’s capital, which prepared 250,000 meals daily. It’s eco-friendly technology, including the use of 300 battery-operated, GPS tagged shuttle cars, helped to ensure timely delivery. In Kerala, India ISKCON was feeding nearly 700 police officers on a daily basis. Generous donations, like those provided by cricket celebrity Sourav Ganguly, who later tweeted “Thank u ISKCON .. keep serving the society” enabled ISKCON Kolkata to double the number of meals distributed daily to 20,000 during that period.   

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