Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hare Krishna!

Rachel Cermak, sophomore kinesiology major, waits in line for free Indian food on Oct. 15, held by volunteers from Hare Krishna, a religious and spiritual group that promotes ideals such as vegetarianism and meditation. It is held at the Maryland Food Co-op in Stamp at the University of Maryland in College Park every Thursday at 7 p.m, students and locals are welcomed.
A long line forms in the basement of Stamp awaiting free Indian food at 7 p.m. 
Rachel Cermak checks her phone at 7:15 p.m., trying to keep busy when the volunteers were late bringing the food. 
People linger around empty table in the basement of Stamp before the doors open.

At 7:20 the doors open. Maryland Food Co-op workers are at the event weekly to supervise.
Volunteer Tranvee Singh (left) helps a man with his food. Umesh Loganvran (center in a white t-shirt) is a weekly volunteer. 
People eating and enjoying their free food in the basement of Stamp.
Rachel Cermak reaching for another spoonful of her Indian plate.
A sign located next to the food table, reminding people of their meditation and discussion event on Fridays at 6 p.m. in the TerpZone Activities Room in the basement of Stamp. "No Dinner Next Week" warns event-goers of a cancellation for next week's event.
Mats without meditators are left on the floor towards the end of the event. Event-goers use these mats to meditate and sing songs with others.

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