Sikh students provide meals for homeless

A Sikh tradition was brought to the streets of Alberta's inner city yesterday.

A Sikh tradition was brought to the streets of Alberta's inner city yesterday.

Members of the University of Alberta Sikh Students' Society made vegetarian burritos and handed them out at the Boyle Street Co-op and Hope Mission.

"We're just trying to give back to the community and help feed some homeless people," said society member Harman Singh Kandola.

The effort was part of a worldwide campaign across 40 cities put on by the organization Sikhcess. The global Feed the Homeless campaign was held in cities across North America, Asia, Europe and Australia yesterday.

Offering free meals is part of the Sikh tradition of Langar, which translates to "community kitchen," said Kandola.

The free community kitchens embody the idea of community service. Lunches are routinely prepared at Sikh temples, called Gurudwaras, and the meals are open to all members of society.

"It's also to educate the homeless that if they go to a Gurudwara, they're welcome to come in and have food," said Kandola.

The vegetarian burritos were made using East Indian ingredients and were packaged with cookies and juice boxes.

-By Kevin Crush, SUN MEDIA

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