ONE WHO GIVES FOOD, GIVES ALL THAT IS WORTH GIVING IN THIS WORLD
At Govardhan Eco Village, we strongly believe that giving food is equivalent to giving life. This is a humble initiative to feed the hungry.
Govardhan Annakshetra at Govardhan Ecovillage is an initiative where we serve free full meal lunch prasadam to whoever comes here without any discrimination.
The inspiration for this initiative came from the founder Acharya of ISKCON his divine grace, Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupad when in 1974 he took up the task to ensure that “nobody goes hungry within a ten-mile radius” of the temple. Again in 1977, he instructed all the presidents of the temple to arrange distribution of prasadam. In December 2018, under the guidance and blessings of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj, Govardhan Annakshetra was started.
India has a population of over 1.3 billion people. Although it has increased its food grain production by almost two times over the past two decades, we still lag at providing adequate access to proper food and nutrition to a large number of people.
From the 2020 reports of ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World –
● 14 percent of the population, i.e. around 189.2 million people in India are undernourished
● 51.4 percent of women aged between 15 to 49 are anaemic
● 34.7 percent of children under five years of age are stunted
● 20 percent of children are underweight
Moreover, it is also estimated that about a third of the total food produced in the world is wasted every year due to inefficient supply chain management. Significant levels of food loss occur during harvest and post-harvest stages. Some food is also wasted in warehouses and shelves due to low shelf life, excess production, labelling errors, etc.
We, at the Govardhan Ecovillage, aim to tackle this issue of hunger and food wastage through Annadanam (giving food to the poor) and further our spiritual and social initiatives of spreading health and well-being to humankind.
Daily Feeding Count
Weekly Feeding Count
Monthly Feeding Count
Total plates distributed
836 million Indians survive on less than Rs. 20 a day. 10 million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases. Other side of the coin is that about 40% of the food produced in India is wasted.
Govardhan Annakshetra provides free meals for everyone within its vicinity. As Srila Prabhupada said, "No one should go hungry from our temple". Adhering to this thought, we believe that food should go in someone's mouth rather than going waste. This thought led us to begin this food movement leading to the inception of Govardhan Annakshetra.
If we come together to share the responsibility to feed the poor, we can eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in India. For that, we will be needing to form an active partnership with people like you, charities involved in giving food to the poor, governments, the private sector, and food charity banks.
When you make annadanam donation online at the Govardhan Ecovillage, it helps us distribute food in the hands of poor families and those who need it the most. Our centralized kitchens are designed to produce nutritious food at scale and minimize wastage, every small amount contributed hence has a manifold impact on the number of people who can be fed through our kitchens.
All it takes is a small commitment on your part to make a big impact in the lives of people struggling with hunger. Contribute your food donation to us and we will ensure that your donations are used in the most efficient manner to help those suffering from food insecurity in our country.