DURBAN – Food For Life South Africa, a non-sectarian vegetarian food aid organization founded by members of the International Krishna Consciousness Society (ISKCON), has opened a new kitchen in Newlands, KwaZulu-Natal.
The culmination of efforts by Metro Bus company heir Vidhor Mangaroo and Durban business mogul Vivian Reddy has helped the organization expand its reach to just over 30 kitchens across the country.
KZN Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala, who was present alongside the mayor of eThekwini Mxolisi Kaunda and MEC for social development Nonhlanhla Khoza, acknowledged the contributions of Mangaroo and Reddy’s Sibiya Trust.
“We are informed that in 1974, the founder of ISKCON urged his yoga students to generously distribute holy food so that there would be no more hungry people in the world.
“We are happy to note that you are an independent, non-sectarian charitable service working in over 50 countries. From this kitchen, 12,000 meals are served to the community of Newlands, KwaMashu and beyond, ”Zikalala said at the opening Friday.
“On behalf of the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal, we acknowledge the generous financial contribution of Mr. Vivian Reddy, President of the Sibaya Community Trust, in building the infrastructure of this Food For Life kitchen. “
The prime minister said that while charitable efforts are duly appreciated, liberating citizens from poverty and reliance on charity should also be a priority.
Zikalala said the timing for the project was symbolic as it coincided with Youth Month, and urged the province’s younger generation to “take action.”
He said youth-owned businesses with potential for growth and jobs should apply for government funding from his R50 million development fund announced in February.
“We also have a Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET) program to develop the agricultural sector and support SMEs and agricultural cooperatives. This is a program focused on empowering youth and women owned businesses, ”Zikalala said.
Generous hands allow the NGO to expand the feeding program
SourceGenerous hands allow the NGO to expand the feeding program