India in the first decade of the new millennium is in the enviable position of maintaining high levels of economic growth. Still, it continues to be home to millions and millions of poor people, women, men, youth, and children who suffer high levels of malnutrition and hunger. Poverty in India is still rampant despite impressive economic growth. An estimated 250 million people are below the poverty line and approximately 75 per cent of them are in the rural areas. In general, poverty can be defined as a situation when people are unable to satisfy the basic needs of life. The definition and methods of measuring poverty differ from country to country. According to the definition by the Planning Commission of India, the poverty line is drawn with an intake of 2400 calories in rural areas and 2100 calories in urban areas. If a person is unable to get that much minimum level of calories, then he/she is considered as being below the poverty line.

Poverty as a social problem is deeply rooted in every dimension of culture and society. It includes sustained low levels of income for members of a community. It includes a lack of access to services like education, markets, health care, lack of decision-making ability, and lack of communal facilities like water, sanitation, roads, transportation, and communications. Furthermore, it is a poverty of spirit that allows members of that community to believe in and share despair, hopelessness, apathy, and timidity. Poverty, especially the factors that contribute to it, is a social problem. Thus, poverty is a condition of an extremely lower standard of living. In it, even the necessary wants are not fulfilled. 

 To curb such a bad situation ISKCON is helping millions of people all over the world. The history of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation starts with a story of compassion. Looking out of a window one day in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, His Divine Grace A.C Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From this simple, yet heartbreaking incident, came the determination that: No one within a ten-mile radius of our centre should go hungry.

It is his inspiration that helped us to create the ISKCON Food for Child Relief Foundation as it is today. We began this initiative with the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”

For many years ISKCON serve food for needy people through ISKCON’s Food For Life mission, and people also offer food donations for the poor who are below the poverty line ad can’t afford food for themselves. You can help every child in this country get an education if you donate that one wholesome meal. Presently we cater over 50,000 meals every day from our centralized kitchen in ISKCON Delhi.

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