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Food is essential, every day. Learning how to skip a meal, fast and find food in difficult situation might help you if you can't find an easy access to it and you are far from usual way to get it..

Other Food Sources

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Hare Krishna Food for Life is the world's largest vegan and vegetarian non-profit food relief organization. You may encounter movement members providing free food at festivals or you may encounter their restaurants; these establishments are founded on the beliefs of Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organization, founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. They have established cheap vegetarian restuarants worldwide. is a great resource, with a list of ISKCON Restaurants in various cities around the world.

Karma Kitchen

A group of restaurants worldwide, whose menus have no prices and where the check reads $0.00. However, each bill had a footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those who dine after you." That's Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity.

Sikh Temples

The strong importance Sikhs place on community has contributed to the emergence of langar—which roughly translates to ‘kitchen’ or ‘canteen.’ It is a practice whereby volunteers in the gurdwaras cook free North Indian food for anyone, regardless of your faith, gender, ethnicity, or financial status, from midday to midnight at your local gurdwara. The only condition is that you cover your head and take off your shoes before entering the langar hall.For more information on visiting a {h Sikh Gurdwara, see this site}. People should take langar as a blessing by the Guru. When in the [[Langar Hall], it is better to ask for less rather than take too much and waste the food. Say “very little” to the Sewadar (volunteer) serving the Langar. If you require more later, just wait for the Sewadar to come around. There are Sikh temples in probably every city in the world.


A 'ligger' (UK) is an individual who attends parties, openings, social gatherings and events such as launches and celebrity events with the sole intention of obtaining free food and drink. Sometimes called a blagger (US). The French would call a ligger a 'pique-assiette,” or someone “who picks from others’ plates”. Others on the scene prefer the term “eventing”.

Ligging, blagging, or eventing may be a source of free food and drinks.


  • Use EventBrite. Set the price filter to “Free”.
  • Ligging is best in global cities like London, New York, Beijing etc. You might find less success in developing cities.
  • Dress specifically for the event and wear the right things to fit in. While some events require professional (medical events), others might be casual.
  • Be ready to bluff and have a story. Maybe you're a researcher, investor or journalist. Never a student.
  • If there is a guest list, and they say you're not on there, say you have it in the diary you’re supposed to be here, or that your work-experience guy should have emailed to put you on the guest list.
  • Check who the sponsor and organizer is. The tech sponsors might be good for beer and pizza; Universities have budgets for decent wine; art galleries are social and fun. Events organised by the legal profession, or indeed any professioanl association are good for drink. The challenge is good food.
  • Look for the word “reception” as you pass by art galleries, hotels and other possible venues. Look for opening night and press only events. These are usually the first night before the public events. Look for press/ industry nights at fairs, exhibitions, conventions and expos. Look for presentations at Universities.
  • Don’t get drunk. Stay away from funerals and weddings (private family events).
  • The secret world of liggers is a good newspaper introduction.


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How much food you need for a hike

After some tests here is a really simple rule to calculate how much food you need when you go for a several days hike in autonomy, so you don't bring to much or not enough.

  • Count the weight of all the nourishing food : dry pasta, raw meal, raw rice, bread, dry meat, ginger bread, cheese, cereals, chocolate, nuts, walnuts, almonds, cakes, houmous, ...
  • Count one third of the weight of all the food "less nourishing" : ham, stews, sardines, vegetables dishes, chicken, cooked pasta, cooked rice, ...
  • Don't count at all raw fruits and raw vegetables.

If you add everything you should get 800 grammes per day per person, then you are good and you even have a security margin.

It is of course less precise than a full energetic calculation, but you have a really fast rule that roughly work. This rule was made and tested many times by hikers from the south of France.

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