Gravesend gurdwara volunteers delivering hot food every day to vulnerable and hospital staff
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 April 2020
While vulnerable people languish inside their homes, many organisations have been organising to ensure they are at least fed. One such group is Gravesend’s gurdwara.
The Sikh temple had to close on March 23 to safeguard everyone involved.
Daily morning and evening services are now being broadcast live on the gurdwara’s Facebook page.
But with the support of dedicated sewadars, or volunteers, it has been able to start a langar (free food) delivery service for vulnerable people.
The service was originally launched the day after closure and more than 50 people are now receiving two cooked meals – for dinner and the following day’s lunch – every day.
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The number of recipients is rising daily and the organisers expect it to continue to rise significantly in coming weeks.
They have now also started to provide hot meals to NHS frontline staff.
More than 200 meals are now being delivered daily to Darenth Valley Hospital, and more than 150 meals each day to the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington.
It is thanks to more than 100 volunteers helping its work but more are needed.
Vulnerable people unable to go out shopping or cook for themselves can register for Langar delivery by telephone on 01474 761063 or complete an online form at www.gurunanakdarbar.org/langar-delivery
And anyone who can contribute towards funding of the langar service while the coronavirus crisis in ongoing, can do so through the gurdwara’s online payment system or directly into the its bank account with “Langar Service” as the reference for online payments specifically for langar, or “general donation” if donating for gurdwara funds in general.
Manpreet Singh Dhaliwal, Mukh Sewadar (president) of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, said: “As Sikhs, it is our duty to play our part in serving humanity, hence the reason why we have launched our langar delivery support, which is providing essential hot meals to the most vulnerable members of our society and also to the extremely hardworking NHS staff.”
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