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Tucson Celebrates Feed the World Day

by Sandamini dasi

Posted October 1, 2008

Tucson Hare Krishna devotees celebrated the 6th annual Feed the World Day at the Caitanya Cultural Center and Hare Krishna temple with 350 people attending. Devotees displayed Srila Prabhupada's books at the September 29 event, as well as a large banner featuring plans for eventual construction of a Tucson Vedic temple.

Many community groups also participated, including the Tucson Community Food Bank, Solar Power, Peace Fellowship and practitioners of reiki and massage, all of whom offered information and services free or for a nominal donation.

Stage performances of traditional kirtans rotated among Sukadev das from Los Angeles, Dasarath das from Sedona and Bhakta Raj from Phoenix throughout the five-hour event. Ganga Mantri das of San Diego performed his original one-man-band Krishna conscious rock and roll songs as well as some very danceable tunes of the maha-mantra.

Many happy visitors attended the program, as well as some people in real need of the free spiritual food distributed to everyone. A regular Govinda's restaurant guest told the devotees: "Tucson is so blessed by this place and by your festivals. It has so enriched my own life."

Devotees made a vegan meal with six different preparations, and the temple cooks had to cook again three times just to keep up with the demand. Feed the World Day had been advertised in local newspapers and other publications.

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