(US-ut) Krishna Temple raising money for relief efforts
- Whenever the building is open, the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple on the
southern edge of Spanish Fork has a buffet available for anyone who
needs a meal.
"That's basically our policy worldwide, that no one within 10 miles of
our temple should go hungry," said temple vice president Caru Das.
That policy is the reason the Hare Krishna Food for Life program
distributes meals to people who need it. While the organization brings
meals to people every day of the year, the number of Hurricane Katrina
victims needing food has caused an surge in the services. Das said the
temple in Spanish Fork is raising money to send to the national
organization and will match every dollar it receives until the
Festival of India Sept. 17.
About $500 have been raised since Monday, when the program was
started. Das hopes to raise several thousand dollars, which is about
what they raised for the tsunami in Southeast Asia last year and the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
Paul Turner, director of Food for Life, said volunteers were in
affected areas a few hours after the hurricane hit, distributing hot,
freshly cooked vegetarian meals to anyone who needed them.
"This is normal for us," he said. "We immediately went into action as
soon as possible."
The vegetarian meals are part of the Hare Krishna's belief system, but
there are more practical reasons as well -- the meatless dishes are
healthier and less expensive, so more people can eat for less.
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