For more than two decades, SSIO volunteers have served fresh hot meals to the needy in Tokyo. This service offering began in 1994 when the Sathya Sai Centre of Tokyo started serving 30 meals, twice a week, in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. Over the years, this humble project has grown to provide food to about 400 needy people near Shinjuku Central Park and at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Volunteers lovingly prepare and distribute boxes of vegetable curry, rice and pickles, along with cold tea. On special occasions, the volunteers serve red rice, considered auspicious.