A temple is working to gift thousands of free school meals for underprivileged children this winter

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, near Bushey, is working with the Avanti Schools Trust to cook and send off 5,000 free meals to children across the Harrow area.

The pre-packaged frozen meals – including vegetable pasta, rice, and various mixed vegetable and pulses – will be distributed on December 23 to those in need.

They will be sent off to three hubs at Krishna Avanti Primary School, Avanti House Secondary School and Avanti House Primary School.

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Visakha Dasi, the temple president of Bhaktivedanta Manor, said: "The founder and guide of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, told his students that ‘no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of our temples’.

“In an effort to fulfil this important directive, members of this movement serve free sanctified vegetarian meals to those in need.”

A Community Project Manager in Harrow is helping to pinpoint less well-off families to assure the food goes to those who need it.