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Food for Life – Every Sunday in Houston

All it takes is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a piece of fresh fruit, and one half-pint of juice to keep a child from going hungry for a day.

This is why each week since April 2004, groups of about 15 to 20 volunteers have been coming out to The Hare Krishna Temple of Houston to prepare sack lunches consisting of sandwiches, fruit, and juice for an estimated 300 to 500 hungry children. Every Sunday between the hours 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the dining hall of the temple is turned into an assembly line of sorts with some of the volunteers lined up spreading peanut butter or jelly on bread; others focus on bagging the sandwiches; still others fill brown paper bags with fruit and juice and line them up in rows on two long tables.

Can I help pay for some of the supplies?





I want to volunteer in Houston!

Every Sunday
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Hare Krishna Temple
Address: 1320 West 34th Street, Houston, TX 77018 [MAP]
Cost: Free

To date, more than 100,000 sack lunches have been prepared over the 9+ years. We’d like to continue moving in this same direction.

“I think the best way to describe this project is that six days out of the week we do something for ourselves – ‘it’s my house, my school, my grades.'” This is a way to take a few hours out of life to do something for someone else,” said Sonia Sardana, one of the volunteer coordinators who initiated this project.

The Reality of Hunger:
– One out of every three children in Houston goes hungry each day.
– Of the major cities in the United States, Houston is second only to Detroit in the number of hungry children.
– 13 million kids live in households that do not have an adequate supply of food . (Courtesy: United States Department of Agriculture)
– 40 % of all emergency shelter food recipients are children, although they represent only 25% of the U.S. population. (Courtesy: United States Department of Agriculture)
– More than one-third (38%) of families leaving welfare reported that they ran out of food and did not have money for more. (Courtesy: Urban Institute)

The Consequences of Hunger:
– Hungry children, even those who experience only mild malnutrition during the critical stages of their development, may suffer irreparable harm. (Courtesy: Center on Hunger and Poverty)
– Hungry children have a harder time learning in school, shorter attention spans, and suffer more absences due to illness. (Courtesy: Center on Hunger and Poverty)
– Children who do not receive adequate nourishment may suffer abnormal brain, cognitive, and psychological development which, if not corrected, can be irreparable. (Courtesy: America ‘s Second Harvest)

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22 comments

  • Ivonne Marquez

    I would like to volunteer or somehow help with this program.
    Please let me know if I can help in anyway!
    Thank you,
    Ivonne

  • lara

    i would like to help in anyway but i’m in lebanon and cant go to houston..i would love to help though.i can speak english and arabic and can ave money to help.

    lara kassab.

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  • Crystal

    I am from the Detroit area, and am surprised at two things here. First I had NO idea we were leading the nation for hungry children and two I have been struggling to find something that I could do with my husband and children to help out around our community and Detroit. Please contact me. I am willing to find some friends and round up my family to get something started here in Michigan. If someone else has already started this here, please send me the information so we can get involved. Thanks for all that you do!!!

  • I have started a campaign to end hunger and famine worldwide, and I think that the Houston and Detroit area would be great candidates for it. I would like to offer my support for a long-term solution to ending this great social tragedy. My concept is simple, Plant a Tree, Feed a Human. By the planting of fruit and nut trees in communities, on private property, on public lands, hunger could be eliminated in America by 2020. Your seeds of planting could become forests of giving!

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  • Alexandra

    I would love to help out anyway that I can especially in my hometown. It is terribly sad to know that any child is being deprived of any meal.

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  • Ciara Dymond

    I would really like to make a difference in this cruel world, but I don’t know how to do it.
    I want to be a part of this so I can start somewhere, do something, and be a change.

  • Hillary

    i love ur website! i would love to make a difference but i have no idea where to start! If you do please tell me ta!

  • Drisana

    Hare Krishna!
    Please accept my humble obeisances.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    I’m trying to start a chapter in Massachusetts. Can anyone direct me please?
    Thanks so much.
    Your Servant
    Drisana

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  • great seva…

    may lord krishna bless you….

  • Pallavi

    I would like to help and make a difference!

  • Pallavi

    I would like to make a difference!

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  • Good Morning,

    I would love to come & volunteer with your organization. Please contact me to let us know what we need to do to come & help.

  • Tina Maywald

    My son volunteered last year and he and some friends would like to come again. Are you still having your Sunday sessions?

  • Alexandra van Praag

    Hello, I am with Cy-Fair National Honor Society and we were interested in volunteering, but there are quite a few of us. Can we just show up or do we need to contact someone about large groups.

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