The Helpers: Regina Sikh community distributes free groceries during pandemic

“This time again on Sunday we have 5,000 packages which we are already packing,” said Sandeep Singh Sandhu — who works w...

Regina’s Sikh community is getting national recognition after a shoutout from the Prime Minister for its charity efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Guru Nanak Free Kitchen has been operating for a year and a half, distributing food every week in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood. While the organization was originally cooking meals at Regina’s Sikh temple to be distributed, that ended when the provincial government issued public health orders to limit social gatherings.

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The organizers behind the kitchen decided to adapt, and are now distributing semi-trucks loaded full of groceries to anyone who may need them. The food distributions are currently happening at the parking lot of Rainbow Cinemas at the Golden Mile Shopping Centre on Sundays.

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“This time again on Sunday we have 5,000 packages which we are already packing,” said Sandeep Singh Sandhu — who works with the kitchen — in an interview Friday.

Sandhu said all proper precautions are being taken when packaging the groceries, which include items such as canned food, almond milk, fruit, chips and rice. Volunteers are wearing masks and using gloves and hand sanitizer when packing the food...

 

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