Fact Check: Old pictures of ISKCON volunteers falsely linked to Ukraine crisis

Two images of people distributing food among the public are widely being shared on social media.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  5 March 2022 9:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: Old pictures of ISKCON volunteers falsely linked to Ukraine crisis

Hyderabad: Two images of people distributing food among the public are widely being shared on social media.

Users claim ISKCON volunteers are distributing food in Ukraine.



The claim is viral on Facebook and can be viewed here.

Fact Check

The claim is misleading.

Image 1:


NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search. The search led us to the website 'Alachua Hare Krishna Temple'. The website had published a similar image.

https://www.alachuatemple.com/food/

We also found the report by The Patrika on August 22, 2019. The report had also published the viral image.

"Headquartered in Mayapur, West Bengal, ISKCON has centers in more than 350 major cities of the world, which have temples, Kirtans. Most also have vegetarian restaurants. They distribute Prasad to Krishna Thakur. The residences and local centers of devotees associated with ISKCON are in the thousands abroad. From America, Russia, Japan, Africa to China, Malaysia, Australia, will get Krishna's Prasad along with devotion," the report said

https://www.patrika.com/kolkata-news/are-you-vegan-want-to-travel-abroad-search-for-govinda-rasoi-5000581/

Image 2:


On performing Google Reverse Image Search, we found the image uploaded on the Wikipedia data of Food for Life Global. We found the viral image uploaded on the website. We found that the viral image was published on February 21, 2009.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ISKCON_Food_for_life.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

Hence, it is evident that the claim is misleading. The viral images have nothing to do with the Russia and Ukraine conflict.

Claim Review:Images of ISKCON services in Ukraine
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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