During COVID-19, a local gurdwara and charity is ensuring vulnerable families and people across the region don't go hungry.
Siri Guru Singh Sabha is providing free groceries to people struggling with isolation and financial hardships during COVID-19. Groceries include staples such as flour, rice, lentils, cooking oil, onions, potatoes, salt and sugar.
Navdeep Singh Jhajj, the director of Siri Guru Singh Sabha, says these supplies are going to residents who have recently lost a job, are immunocompromised, have special needs, are students, or face other obstacles that are preventing them from taking care of their most basic needs.
Since starting their food drive two months ago, Siri Guru Singh Sabha has distributed 8,500 pounds of food to people's doorsteps. They have helped 194 families, a total of 708 residents, across Waterloo Region.
"It means a lot to us and our organization," Jhajj, touching on the positive feedback they've been receiving from the community since starting this food drive. "It makes our day to hear positive feedback from people that our actions are making the difference in people's lives,"
According to Jhajj, their work has also been able to provide relief for nearby food banks and homeless shelters.
"Many organizations in our community are reaching out to collaborate on this task and we are very happy to have this opportunity to help these families at this time." said Jhajj.
Anyone in need of help during the pandemic is encouraged to reach out to Siri Guru Singh Sabha at cambridgegurdwara.ca.
Residents can also get in touch directly with Jhajj at 226-989-7267 or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.