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Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

Uniting the World Through Pure Food

aka Food Yoga International   |   Wilmington, DE   |  https://ffl.org
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Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

EIN: 36-4887167


Mission

Food For Life Global’s primary mission is to bring about peace and prosperity in the world through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals prepared with loving intention. Food for Life Global pursues its mission by providing organizational and operating support to Food for Life’s vegan hunger relief programs. Specifically, Food for Life Global assists these humanitarian efforts by coordinating responses to natural disasters, training volunteers, advocating for the international network, raising funds and gifting grants to our international network of over 273 affiliates, and educating the public on the mission and our solution to world hunger.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are transitioning our brand to "Food Yoga International" a name that deeply resonates with our innovative approach to creating a healthier and happier world. Our reasons are as follows: 1. Brand ambiguity: to set our project apart from the other companies, projects, services, and products that use the name Food for Life, resulting in a brand dilution. Many people have heard of Food for Life, but often can not tell you what it stands for. 2. Non-sectarian: We want to distance ourselves from the fundamental religious roots that inspired Food for Life while not losing sight of our spiritual purpose. Furthermore, there are many Food for Life charity projects that DO NOT adhere to our strict vegan standards. 3. Food Philosophy: Our unique solution to world hunger is now front and center of our brand as Food Yoga. We believe strongly in the power of food to unite the world, and thus directly address the root cause of hunger and other social ills: disunity.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Paul Rodney Turner

Vice President

Juliana Castaneda

Main address

3911 Concord Pike #8030

Wilmington, DE 19803 USA

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Formerly known as

Food for Life Global

EIN

36-4887167

Subject area info

Environment

Nutrition

Food security

Victim aid

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Parents

Non-adult children

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Show Forms 990

Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In its efforts to eradicate world hunger, Food for Life trains its volunteers to be selfless, humble, compassionate, equipoised, and broad-minded enough to understand the needs and concerns of the world they live in. In fact, Food for Life volunteers often risks their own lives to help those in need. Throughout the fighting in Grozny, Chechnya, for example, Food for Life volunteers cooked and served hot vegan meals to desperate civilians in the war-torn city. More than one million meals were served during the 20-month conflict. New York Times correspondent Michael Specter visited the Krishna devotees at their kitchen in Chechnya and wrote of them: “…here they have a reputation like the one Mother Teresa has in Calcutta: it’s not hard finding someone to swear they are saints.” These volunteers showed tolerance and compassion above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating true equanimity and a deep understanding of their human responsibility.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Feeding the needy

Food for Life Global's international network of over 200 affiliates directly serve the local needy people, freshly cooked vegan meals. Food for Life Global provides grants to support these efforts.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Parents

Food for Life Global believes that world hunger is due to inequality and we, therefore, advocate for the equality of all life through actions and education, specifically providing healthful vegan meals to those in need and educating the public about the power of food to unite all peoples.

Our Food Yoga project educates the public on the work and philosophy of Food for Life Global and also teaches them how to nourish their body, mind, and soul through proper food choices and attitudes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the approximate number of meals delivered every month by our over 273 affiliates around the world. Due to covid lockdowns, some of our projects had to reduce their capacity.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Non-adult children, Veterans, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of volunteers assisting our affiliate projects around the world.

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Pacific Islanders, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Asian descent

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of underprivileged children attending school because our our affiliate's free lunch programs.

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in nutrition

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Food for Life Global affiliates around the world

Number of new website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of new visitors to our website

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of page views on our website

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Feeding the needy

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of visitors to our website during that year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The jewel of India's spiritual wisdom, the Bhagavad-gita describes equanimity as a natural expression of ones spiritual wisdom. The Sanskrit term Sama darshan is used, which translates as equal vision, and the Gita describes it as that which separates the truly wise person from the fool.

Food for Life believes that food, so central to the survival of every culture on earth, holds the key to real peace and prosperity. What better way to express that understanding than by educating people on the value of spiritual equality and the selfless sharing of karma-free pure food?

We at Food for Life Global strongly believe that it is the responsibility of every human being on the planet to take action to eradicate malnutrition, which is killing upwards of 12 million children every year. This position, long-held by many leading vegetarians, was confirmed by the United Nations 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1974, Food for Life has been committed to the practical response of establishing feeding programs in more than 60 countries throughout the world. However, our resources are very limited; sadly, we are losing the race against world hunger. We, therefore, call out in earnest to all people around the world to accept this human responsibility. Its time for real action. Establish feeding programs in your area, make concerted efforts to educate the public about the global benefits of a plant-based diet, and more importantly, embrace this concept of spiritual equality as a permanent solution to world hunger.

Our goals for 2023 are as follows:

1. Increase our affiliates by 20 projects
2. Support the development and marketing of the Kindly Ecosystem social impact engine
3. Crowdfund a Vegan cookbook on Kickstarter to support the charity
4. Increase our online site visits 100%
5. Serve over 1 billion meals in 2024
6. Launch a new line of vegan products to support the charity operations

Food for Life started in India, after the founder, Swami Prabhupada proclaimed to his yoga students that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of a temple. Since that time, over 8 billion free plant-based meals have been served to the needy on six continents. Food for Life has emerged as the largest vegan food relief program in the world! Food for Lifes missionto bring about peace and prosperity through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based food prepared with loving intentionis thus advanced through a twofold strategy:

1. Feeding programs
Food for Life operates feeding programs through the following distribution channels.
Lunch meals to school children
Budget restaurants
Emergency relief
Shelters (homeless, single women and men)
College feeding programs
Cultural festivals
Food for Life currently operates feeding programs through all of the above distribution channels.

2. Education
Public Discourses
Distribution of Literature
Networking with other NGOs
Social Media
Food Yoga

Food for Life is a conscious organization with the vision that the worlds problems can be solved by spiritual solutions. Specifically, regarding world hunger, Food for Life maintains that when the people of the world recognize the spiritual equality of all beings, they will learn to share equally in the bounty of the earth, and only then will they experience genuine peace and prosperity.

We have expanded our efforts to unite the world through the sharing of pure food, to include the feeding of rescued animals and advocacy on animal abuse.

We currently have a network of over 250 affiliate projects serving freshly cooked meals to the local needy in 65 countries and educating the public about the power of food to unite and create unity. We have demonstrated our effectiveness in delivering fresh meals, having already served over 8.4 billion free meals and as our message of uniting the world through pure food expands, we believe that there is no stopping this effort.

Our approach has always been and will continue to be non-sectarian. Although Food for Life has roots in India's vegetarian hospitality culture, we realize the need to shine a light on the essence of that hospitality which is respect for all life, using food as our medium.

The only thing limiting our ability to achieve our goal of world unity is the funds to expand our infrastructure.

It is important to also note that Food for Life Global which is now managing the FFLG brand and website is a new NGO (founded in 2018). Our charity has gone through a few structural changes these last 6 years, including converting the last HQ was based in Slovenia into our European branch.

We have proven ourselves as an effective food relief organization and will continue to do so with the help of public donations.

Our international network of over 50 affiliate projects has already served over 8.4 billion free meals. We aim to reach 20 billion by the end of 2030.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Food For Life Global-Americas Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.08

Average of 0.07 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.1

Average of 1.5 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 7% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Food For Life Global-Americas Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,340 $36,772 $0 -$23,624
As % of expenses 4.0% 19.6% 0.0% -4.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,340 $36,772 $0 -$23,624
As % of expenses 4.0% 19.6% 0.0% -4.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $35,223 $224,386 $1,044,277 $482,900
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 537.0% 365.4% -53.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 102.9% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% -2.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $33,883 $187,489 $943,120 $506,524
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 453.3% 403.0% -46.3%
Personnel 12.2% 0.0% 0.0% 11.9%
Professional fees 11.7% 13.4% 20.7% 29.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.6% 0.5% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 53.0% 42.1% 11.5%
All other expenses 76.1% 33.0% 36.7% 47.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $33,883 $187,489 $943,120 $506,524
One month of savings $2,824 $15,624 $78,593 $42,210
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,022 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $36,707 $205,135 $1,021,713 $548,734

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.4 2.5 0.9 1.1
Months of cash and investments 1.4 2.5 0.9 1.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.5 2.6 0.0 2.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,023 $38,395 $68,174 $46,869
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $100 $1,741 $47,222 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $291 $2,313 $2,313 $2,313
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 80.7% 83.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $42,374 $0 $119,907
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $125 $125 $125
Total net assets $4,464 $42,499 $143,656 $120,032

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No Yes No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Paul Rodney Turner

Mr. Turner co-founded Food for Life Global in 1995. He is a former monk, a veteran of the World Bank, entrepreneur, holistic life coach, vegan chef and author of 6 books, including, FOOD YOGA, How to Build a Successful Food Relief and the Food for Life Training Manual. Turner has traveled to 72 countries over the last 39 years helping to establish Food for Life projects, train volunteers, and document their success.

Vice President

Juliana Castaneda

Vice President at FFLG and founder of Juliana's Animal Sanctuary

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Food For Life Global-Americas Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Paul Turner

Food for Life Global - Americas Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2022


Board co-chair

Juliana Castaneda Turner

Food for Life Global

Term: 2017 - 2022

Luz Stella Castaneda Rodriguez

Juliana Castaneda

Jordie Ruggles

Rupal Turner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/27/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/27/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.