We serve veggie and vegan Krishna prasadam (spiritual food) every friday. Thinking of helping and bringing food to Hare Krishna Fridays? Here’s some useful and important information:
“Preparing and offering food to the Lord shows Him our devotion and gratitude. Krishna doesn’t need to eat, of course, but He accepts the love with which we offer food to Him.
As far as possible, use fresh, natural ingredients for cooking. Krishna accepts only vegetarian food (with no onions, garlic & mushrooms) and packaged, store-bought products may contain meat, fish, or eggs . So read labels carefully.
Cleanliness is important in cooking for Krishna. Wash your hands before you begin. And don’t taste the food while cooking; the meal is for Krishna’s pleasure, so He should taste it first.
It’s best to have a new set of dinnerware used only for Krishna’s offerings and not used by anyone else.
Place the plate in front of a picture of Krishna and ask Him to accept the offering. Then, in a mood of assisting the pure devotees, offer the preparations to Krishna while reciting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra three times.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Leave the plate there for a few minutes, just as you would if a loved one was eating.
Remove the plate, transfer the food to a serving plate, and wash Krishna’s dinnerware. The food is now prasadam, or “mercy” from Krishna.” (Source: Krishna.com)
There are more elaborate prayers to recite whilst offering your food and can be found HERE
Always ask the devotees if you are unsure.
Many thanks & Hare Krishna, Happy Eating!