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vegetarian meals from iskcon of dc




Prasadam literally means “mercy” and devotees of Krishna use this term to describe pure vegetarian food that has been offered to Lord Krishna. Honoring (eating) this sanctified prasadam (food) is the basis of bhakti-yoga and helps one to make tangible spiritual advancement. Sharing and distributing prasadam (food) is also very important! Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that “if one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.” 


"This gratitude and love for God is exhibited by a pure devotee, who knows that the Lord lives in every living entity. As such, temple worship necessarily includes distribution of prasāda (food)." -SB 3.29.24, Purport


ISKCON of DC advocates ahimsa (non-violence) as one of the key principles of yogic living. No living being should be killed unnecessarily, nor are foods such as meat, fish, and eggs considered fit for human consumption, according to the yogic tradition. As such, all meals prepared at our temple are lacto-vegetarian.

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We are grateful that we have been given the opportunity to provide fresh, hot, nutritious vegetarian meals to those experiencing food insecurity in Montgomery County, including regular distribution to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Priscilla House, and Becky's House. Additionally, we offer free lunch every day at our temple for all who visit.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact to learn more about service opportunities.


We are grateful to have a partnership with Manna Food Center and Capital Area Foodbank whom we work with in providing meals to those facing food insecurity in Montgomery County.

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