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London’s Sikh community recognized for donating thousands of meals during pandemic

"The people across the city being served don't know these people's names," says Holder....

LONDON, ONT. -- For three months, a group of Londoners have quietly and under the radar delivered thousands of free meals for people in need during COVID-19.

However, volunteer Mohammed Hammoud decided it was time the public knew what was going on behind the scenes.

"I've been watching these guys and communicating with them online," says Hammoud.

"I've been inspired by work they are doing and I think we wanted to make sure they are getting a shout out."

The group is the Guru Nanak Mission Society (GNMS) and nearly every day this group of volunteers from London's Sikh community have been making hundreds of meals for donation.

"It's part of our religion that we try to help each other and give back to community," says Sarvarinder Singh, of the GNMS.

"Anyone that needs food we are going to try to help them."

Working out of the kitchen at 2010 Dundas Street, they both purchase and receive donated materials, then cook the food on site.

London Mayor Ed Holder stopped by Saturday before their first delivery of the day to show his appreciation.

"The people across the city being served don't know these people's names," says Holder. "However they've given 100's of hours, all voluntarily."

Holder adds that while many of the individuals in need don't know the anonymous donors, the organizations do.

"My Sisters' Place knows them, Rotholme Center knows about them, and so many groups in need know about them. When I see this and I couldn't be more proud to be a Londoner."

Since the pandemic, they've served over 500 individual families and more than 20 organizations.

Saturday's first delivery of the day was to My Sisters' Place where they took 100 boxes of rice, chickpeas and mixed vegetables.

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