Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s Non-Prophet Selfless Service foundation Benefitting Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. 50% of proceeds from our daily 2:30 community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class goes to benefit a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
Love Saves the Day ~ SF-Marin Foodbank
This month at Laughing Lotus we immerse ourselves in Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine that originated in India five thousand years ago. Sometimes referred to as the “sister science” of yoga, it is a “science of life” that teaches us how to live in harmony with our nature and the seasons and our own nature through diet, mantra, asana, massage, herbs, and more. Ayurveda does more than simply treat disease; rather it seeks to restore harmony and balance between our internal and external environments by respecting our constitutions and listening to our physical and spiritual needs.
In an effort to contribute to greater harmony and balance in the world, this November Love Saves the Day benefits the SF-Marin Food Bank, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area that has been working to feed the city’s hungry for 27 years. Recent economic shifts combined with budget cuts have left the region’s hungry in worse shape than ever–1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat, and 16 million children live in household that are “food insecure,” while government funding for emergency food has decreased. In San Franscisco and Marin, 1 in 4 residents are unable to afford the food they need, often having to choose between food and paying the rent or accessing medical care. This imbalance in access to food is most evident in the strange coexistence of both hunger and an obesity epidemic in our country and across the globe. To learn more on this imbalance, click here.
Through their work, the SF-Marin Food Bank distributes enough food for over 105,000 meals EVERY DAY. Through donations, food and fund drives, and their food rescue program, SFM Food Bank collects and distributes over 46 million pounds of food annually to our neighbors who are experiencing hunger. As we spend the November holidays gathering together around the table to feast and express our gratitude, please take a moment to remember and perhaps even to work to support those for whom Thanksgiving is not a time of feasting, but simply another day of hard choices and hunger.
As massive wildfires have decimated the North Bay, causing thousands of people to flee their homes, Bay Area Food Banks are responding by working together to provide emergency food assistance to displaced neighbors. Our hearts and thoughts are with our North Bay neighbors who are seeking support. Marin food pantries welcome fire evacuees: If you or someone you know in Marin has been impacted by the wildfires (and is not already receiving meals from an evacuation center), food is available from the Food Bank’s pantry network. Click here to use our Food Locator tool to find weekly food pantries that are open in Marin. To help individuals and families recover, the SF-Marin Food Bank is making emergency food assistance available to evacuation centers and encouraging new participants to enroll at our weekly pantries.
For all of November we will have two big barrels to collect food donations of unopened canned or packaged food along with our Harvest Kirtan and Food Drive. Feel free to bring what you can.To get involved with the SF-Marin Food Bank, please click here. To make a donation (for every dollar you donate, $6 worth of food can be distributed), please click here. Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, and remember, Love Saves the Day!
In Love and Service,