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Night riders: The Sikh community's Free Kitchen helps the homeless

The project began in Auckland at the beginning of winter in 2017 and is now spreading around the country. 

Rain or shine, the Sikh community’s “Free Kitchen” brings food and warmth to the homeless.

I’m sitting in a black jeep with four Sikh men driving through the streets of South Auckland at dusk. With an orange scarf protecting my crown chakra in traditional fashion, I let their sing-song chant wash over me. Driver Delpreet Singh explains the continuous prayer keeps them focused on their mission: service.

This is Sikh Sangat Free Kitchen, which provides food to the homeless and needy. The project began in Auckland at the beginning of winter in 2017 and is now spreading around the country...

...Next stop: New Lynn. “There’s a community of about 20 we’ve been visiting under the bridge,” Singh tells me. 

When we get there, the bridge is quiet, but we find a group of five camping under tarps next to the railway. A young man, perhaps 19 years old, explains they’d been moved on and the group had dispersed. “Are you warm enough?” asks Singh. “We can bring a jacket next time.” A polite “Yes, please”, and a request for a beanie is met with a promise to bring both next week...

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