Calgary’s Sikh community offers ‘really awesome’ food aid during COVID-19 pandemic

“On a daily basis, we deliver over 500 meals,” Gill said. “And around 50 to 60 food hampers a day.”

Volunteers at the Dashmesh Sikh Temple in northeast Calgary are working hard to make sure people don’t go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis.

More than 100 members of the community are operating a “No Hungry Tummy” tent, where people can drive or walk up and get a packaged hot meal for takeout.

The tent operates seven days a week, as does a newly-setup food bank at the temple, where people can pick up hampers...

...“We’ve got lots of people from the community donating food,” Gill said, adding that there’s also significant support from supermarkets and bakeries in the area near the temple.

It all adds up to some much-needed help for the many Calgarians struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Most of the people in the family are not working, with two kids (to take care of),” hamper recipient Carl Alub said. “So, you just come (to the temple), you’ll get the help. They’ll give it to you, so, it’s really awesome.”

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