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Lord Mayor of the City of London Presents Queen’s Award to Food For All


On September 9th, group members of the Food For All charity have been invited to fulfill with the Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell, at his official residence the Mansion House, to obtain the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Equivalent to an MBE, the QAVS is the best award given to native voluntary teams within the UK. 

Food For All volunteers have been instructed again in June that they might obtain the accolade for “making ready and sharing free, scorching, nutritious meals with those that would in any other case go hungry.” The prasadam distribution non-profit has delivered about 1.5 million meals to these in want throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Director Parasurama Das, it’s the one group in Hartfordshire, and the one group within the City of London to obtain the QAVS this yr. 

A gaggle of sixteen was invited to the Mansion House for the consideration. Along with Parasurama Das there have been a number of Food For All managers, volunteers from the devotee neighborhood and the higher local people, and monetary supporters from rock bands and banking establishments. 

The group was welcomed by the Lord Mayor, and acquired a personal tour of the historic Mansion House constructing. Food For All was then introduced with a private signed letter from the Queen of England in addition to a big glass award for providers throughout the pandemic, and 100 badges for the charity’s many volunteers. 

Food For All additionally made “Certificates of Appreciation” for every volunteer, recognizing their contribution, with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service emblem, in addition to copies of the Queen’s letter. “Many of our volunteers are refugees, and a letter like this may also help them get employment,” explains Parasurama. 

Parasurama with Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor William Russell presents Food For All Director Parasurama Das with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Parasurama Das, who’s initially from Ireland, started feeding the homeless in London in 1988, and registered “Food For All” as a charity in 1996. The group prepares prasadam at its purpose-built kitchens Krishna’s Castle in Holborn, London, and The Jagannath Kitchen in Watford. In addition it has fourteen small facilities across the UK, from Reading to Bristol, and from Glasgow in Scotland to Canterbury in Wales.

As nicely as devotees, volunteers embrace many individuals from the higher local people, reminiscent of college students and businesspeople. Food For All is funded primarily with the assist of many rock band members, and its President is Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. The charity additionally receives some authorities assist.

Volunteers ship meal containers containing rice, subji and a pakora, together with fruits, truffles, and parcels of groceries to homeless shelters, refugees, the aged, faculties, and numerous communities in want of meals. By Valentine’s Day this yr, Food For All had distributed 1 million meals throughout the pandemic; volunteers now estimate they’ve distributed about 1.5 million. At one level, the charity was distributing about 5 and a half thousand meals a day.

In March 2022, if security permits, Food For All volunteers are set to attend a backyard party with the Queen.

“Srila Prabhupada desired that governments would acknowledge the worth of devotional service, the way it transforms individuals, and the way we might rework the nation for the higher,” Parasurama feedback.

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