Food donation Guideline

Dear Devotees, We would like to thank each and every one of you who brings food items to be offered to Lord Krishna. Seven sets of food offerings are presented to Lord Krishna daily starting from 4:00 am all the way to 8:30 pm. Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON has always taught us that all food offerings to the Lord should be first class: As far as the eatables are concerned, all items should be first- class preparations. There should be first-class rice, dal, fruit, sweet rice, vegetables, and a variety of foods to be sucked, drunk and chewed. All the eatables offered to the Deities should be extraordinarily excellent. – Srila Prabhupada While donations are always welcome, we urge all donors to be mindful as to what can be offered to Lord Krishna and what cannot. These days, most food items are contaminated with chemicals and animal products which cannot be offered to Lord Krishna. Regretfully, food that cannot be offered goes unused. Here is the list of ORGANIC food items that we will accept, we ENCOURAGE you to bring only ORGANIC to be offered to Krishna:

Allowed Items

• Organic Whole milk (without any vitamin D or omega 3) • Organic Fruits and vegetables • Organic green mung, channa, and toor dal ONLY • Organic Unbleached all purpose flour (NOT BLEACHED) • Organic Chickpea flour, Organic garbanzo beans (not canned) • Organic: Walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, cashews (un- salted raw) • Organic Royal basmati, jasmine rice • Organic Indian spices (cumin seeds, turmeric, etc.) • Organic Dried fruits: raisins, pineapple, mango, dates, etc. • Organic Fragrant flowers • Organic Saffron • Organic Quinoa • Organic Dairy products: butter, yogurt (no gelatin), etc. • Organic Chapati flour (Ashirvaad, Lakshmi, Royal Chakki ONLY) • Organic Ekadasi ingredients: raajgira, singoda, samo, etc. • Organic Soji (farina) • Organic Himalayan (pink) salt

Not allowed items

• Sona Masoori rice • 1% fat or reduced fat milk or non-organic milk • Milk that has omega 3 fish oil • Non-organic dairy items • Vegetable oil • Canola oil • Oil that is not rice bran oil • White or non-organic sugar • Beans including kidney, yellow, green • Red or orange lentils • Iodized salt For health and safety reasons, the following CANNOT be accepted: • Any food bag that is opened and then resealed! • Any food item put in a sandwich bag e.g. dal, nuts, etc.
Thank you again for your kind donations. For any questions regarding food donations, please contact: Vaninatha Dasa 310-741-8418