Hare Krishna charity Food for All has been given government approval to serve free vegetarian meals to London’s homeless people during the UK’s Coronavirus lockdown.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has particularly affected London’s most vulnerable. Many services for homeless people have shut down. Schools have also closed, meaning the nearly 1.3 million children who receive free school meals because they come from low income families will be going hungry.
“Almost all the charities have closed down in London due to the government’s lockdown policy, thus creating a vacuum in many services,” says Food For All Director Parasuram Das (Peter O’Grady). “And as time goes, there is a serious danger of food shortage and people lacking the resources to buy food.”
He adds: “The government recommended everyone go into isolation except essential workers. Our prasad distribution services now fit into the essential work category. The health risk is there, but we are following government advice and have a robust health and hygiene strategy in place.”
During the lockdown, Food For All’s certified kitchens in Holborn, Central London plan to increase their distribution from 2,200 free plates of prasad daily to 20,000 plates.