Temples provide food, clothes and funds during the COVID-19 pandemic

Helping Hands: Members of the Dashmesh Culture Centre prepare meals on Jan. 1, 2021. They are doing their best to help people by providing them meals, groceries, funds and clothes during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Vaani Mongia/The Press)

Members and volunteers of Dashmesh Culture Centre are doing their best to help people by providing them meals, funds and clothes during the COVID-19 crisis.

More than 100 people from the local area are running a No Hungry Tummy tent, where individuals can drive or walk by and get food for takeout.

The tent is running every day and all public health measures are being taken very seriously.

Simran Kwatara, a member of Dashmesh Culture Centre, explains that they have many people working at the centre and that all were willing to help people that are in need.

“We found that the first need to be focused was on the truck drivers that needed food, and with the help of our
members we started through our hot food service, delivery and take out,” says Kwatara.

“We also developed a food bank system and it has been successful,” says Kwatara.

According to Kwatara, anyone who would like to get a hot meal from them can freely go grab some and even take for as many people that they would like.

Sukhbir Singh Sidhu, another member of Dashmesh Culture Centre, appreciates the volunteers who are investing their best efforts and teaching everybody about public health measures that will keep everyone safe.

International students are among the biggest group seeking help as they face numerous challenges in this pandemic.

“Gurdwaras have always been helpful to the international students, helping everyone with its selfless service of providing food,” says Sidhu.

“Even now, gurdwaras are helping the needy by distributing food and groceries,” says Sidhu.

The management team is packing boxes with free food such as pasta and rice, depending on the taste preferences of different communities. All the gurdwaras in Calgary are providing these services.

“We believe that we have helped a lot of people and will increase our outreach more including food bank,” says Kwatara.

I’ve always wanted to do something where I can help people in need, and do it in a way where I’m not gaining anything back. – Simran Kwatara

Kwatara explains that they are going to develop a women’s shelter in the future and it’s going to be a huge project.

“Most of the people who have kids aren’t working at this time so if they need any help with food or groceries they can come here anytime,” says Sidhu.