By Sabelisiwe Ndlovu
Viresh Panday, CEO of Food of Life Africa, founded the Non-profit organization under 2 years ago with the mission to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Africa and vision to become the largest vegetarian food relief organization in Africa distributing free meals to all citizens of the nation.
On March 2 NTU News encountered Food for Life Africa (FFL Africa), an NPO focusing primarily on creating hunger free zones, that was feeding up to 2000 individuals who were gathered in Pietermaritzburg at the Reserved Magistrate and High Court parking in support of Prince Misizulu KaZwelithini.
Food For Life Africa’s CEO Viresh states that in a day he and his team of hardworking individuals feed up to 10 000 people a day across all parts of KwaZulu-Natal in areas such as Inanda, Verulam, Mzumbe, Hibberdene, Pietermaritzburg and Durban Central to name a few.
Food For Life Africa has not only been able to change the lives of those living in KZN but also have branches in both the Gauteng province and Mpumalanga province.
FFL Africa has local volunteers in Kwamashu, Pietermaritzburg, Inanda, Verulam and other parts of KZN who offer themselves to pursuing the mission to feed the people. FFL Africa also works hand in hand with NPO’s and organisations such as SANPODA KZN, Hare Krishna Movement, Vigilante Safe House, Tsedi Foundation and God’s Hope Church resulting in an umbrella effect where FFL AFRICA provides buckets of healthy freshly prepared wholesome food to the volunteering NPO’s and multi faith religious groups to distribute in their areas, a bucket feeds up to 80-100 children.
Vasudev Das is the head chef responsible for the smooth sailing of the entire FFL Africa operation alongside his assistant Chef Nelistra Subramoney.
Vasudev has devoted over 30 years of his life towards feeding the hungry, pulling 15 hour shifts a day from cooking in the early hours of 5am to feeding and preparing for the following day.
During the dark time of Covid-19, many lost their jobs, their lives, their hope and others didn’t have a clue where their next meal of the day was going to come from. FFL Africa’s CEO Viresh stated that in this dark time they saw a light at the end of the tunnel and were able to feed over 4 million individuals resulting in the exponential growth within the brand.
Over the years FFL Africa has received various donations of grain, rice, ingredients and funding from private individuals as well as corporates who seek to further drive the initiative of the great cause.
The Food For Life Africa Head offices are located in 10 Oakford Drive, Redcliff, Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal and to further learn more about the NPO, visit their website on www.fflafrica.orgor contact them on 076 254 6333 or 0814201784