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Offering food during religious ceremonies is a common Hindu tradition. Food is first offered to the deities and then distributed as prasad to everyone.
Many poor people line outside temples to receive prasad—to eat, perhaps, their only meal of the day. For many years, the religious practice of distributing Prasad has enabled temples to function as food banks, serving millions of poor and homeless across the Indian subcontinent.
Prasad usually consists of vegetarian food, but exceptions do exist. The chances set of prasad including fruits or some sort of dessert is usually pretty high. Yay…for the much-needed calories! On special occasions, such as holidays, birthdays, weekends, etc., people may put together prasads of a full simple meal consisting of bread/rice, vegetables, and lentils. In the absence of institutionalized food banks, for millennia, this tradition has served as the only source of distributing food to the poor, often the homeless.
Likewise, Carpenter’s Shelter has been providing food and acting as a homeless shelter for over twenty-five years in my current home in Northern Virginia. Carpenter’s Cook Off, now in its eleventh year, challenges local restaurants to a friendly duel. The purpose of the Cook Off is to create awareness about the shelter and raise funds to support its mission and activities.
This year’s Carpenter’s Cook Off will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more about the annual Carpenter’s Cook Off here.
You can also win two VIP tickets valued at $130 for just commenting on this post before the Tax day, April 15, 2013
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