UK homeless turning to Sikhs for their hot meals

London-England, February 26 (CINEWS): In Gurdwaras across London, England, homeless men and women are a ubiquitous sight, they respectfully and more importantly gratefully stand in line patiently to have a free Langar meal. Temple priests and volunteers began to notice this trend following the 2008 recession and are welcoming of their non-Sikh brothers and sisters in need as long as they cover their heads, are not intoxicated and well-swatbehaved.
Seeing this growing need, the Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team (S.W.A.T) decided to take the Langar on the road. They park their van on the Strand street in Central London on cold winter nights or afternoons and hand out hot meals to hundreds of homeless people. Randeep Singh who founded SWAT says: “When you go to the temple, what’s the message? The message is to help others, help your neighbours. That’s what we are doing.”
The volunteers who are here aren’t doing anything altruistic, they are simply performing a religious duty enshrined by the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak.
Today, Sikh temples across the UK have become synonymous with charity for the homeless. Thousands of free Langar meals are served every day and a growing number of recipients happen to be the poor and the needy who happen to be non-Sikh. The Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, considered the largest Sikh temple outside India, itself serves 5,000 meals on weekdays and 10,000 meals on weekends feeds hundreds of homeless people each week. Throwing a lifeline to the poor and destitute, has earned the Sikh community widespread goodwill and provides sustenance for those rejected people many of whom have seen better days.

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