Food distribution report

Soon after the major flooding disaster that inundated the Western Division of Viti Levu, Hare Krsna devotees quickly mobilized their resources to help the needy people. Our main focus was to distribute cooked vegetarian food in evacuation centers and in areas severely affected by the flood.
Devotees began distributing food from Sita Ram Temple in Nadi and Krsna Kaliya Temple in Lautoka. Our many thanks to members of Sita Ram Temple for providing us with a wonderful facility for cooking. They also provided transportation and help in cooking and distributing food in Nawaka and Navakai areas. Pandu Prabhu was coordinating the exercise and Hari Sauri Prabhu was the main cook. We would like to thank Pandu Prabhu and his team for soliciting donations and taking a great initiative in organizing everything in Nadi. Many thanks to our Donors in Nadi.
In Lautoka, devotees distributing food in evacuation centres with the help of DISMAC officials. We would like to sincerely thank Kalpesh Patel of Supreme Fuel for donating and transporting goods to Krsna Kaliya Temple and to Jay Dayals Compound in Ba in the initial period to give a big boost to our exercise. A total of 14,250 plates of food were given out to people in evacuation centres. Mr Jay Dayal of Dayals Saw Millers in Ba provided cooking facilities at his home and helped with transportation. Mahasingh Prabhu and his two sons (Sanjeev and Kamal) camped in Ba for 5 days and they were distributing 1000-1200 plates of food daily to severely affected villages and settlements. A total number of 7600 plates of food were given out in Ba. Sacimata and Radhasharan Prabhu provided help in Ba and Nadi and arranged Donations from Melbourne to prepare food rations. A total number of 150 families received these rations in Ba and Nadi. We would also like to thank Roy Prabhu and Sanatan Prabhu for providing transport and manpower during Easter weekend.
We would also like to sincerely thank Uday Sen and members of Radio Apna New Zealand for organizing a massive amount of groceries including Rice, Dhal, Flour, Sugar, Salt and Rotis which was another big boost to our exercise. This was received on the 7th of April 2012.
The second phase of our operation has been giving of lunch packs to students in schools in Nadi and Lautoka. We got inspiration and help from Mr Chandra Shekhar of Save the Children Fund who provided us with the information that a number of parents were not sending their children to school because they had no food to provide for their children’s lunch. Hari Sauri Prabhu started distributing promptly and to date devotees have distributed a total number of 7975 lunch packs to eleven different schools in Nadi. We continue to cook at Sita Ram Temple in Namaka and we are very grateful to Manoj and his members. Hari Sauri prabhu is doing a wonderful job of cooking and coordinating the distribution in Nadi. We have received a major cash Donation from Australian Aid (AUD12, 000) and this money is being used to give out lunch packs to affected students. Our sincere thanks to Australian government for their very kind gesture. In Lautoka, devotees have so far distributed 12,692 plates of lunch packs to 14 different schools. We would like to thank Radha Mohini, Jay Lalita and Nandanandan Prabhu who have been helping with cooking. Many thanks to Nand Kishore Prabhu for co-ordinating the relief efforts in Lautoka. We would like to thank Mr Shekhar of Save the Children Fund for giving us groceries worth thousands of dollars that was donated to Save the children fund by FMF. Our school lunch time distribution will continue for next 4 weeks. Once again a big thank you to all our donors and devotees who have provided help and support.