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Seva Food Bank

1 October 2010

Recently the GGSCF was introduced to a new great initiative that was assembled by members of the community to embody some of Sikhism’s main tenants and in essence contribute to the general outcry of less fortunate human beings. This newly developed initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered not-for-profit organization, is the Seva Food Bank that has recently opened up in Mississauga, Ontario. They act on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla (the well-being of all) and seva (selfless service) and in doing so strive to fight hunger in our community by ensuring all citizens have access to an adequate, sustainable and nutritious supply of food.

Some members of the GGSCF were fortunately able to make it to the opening day of the food bank in early September of this year. They were given a great Punjabi welcoming with food and opportunities to help around. They were also taken for a tour of the food bank and shown how the process of donation and order works. Not only was the initiative great but the people were amazing as well. The group consisted of people from all different ages and ethnicities. It was another refreshing event to meet new people who loved serving the community just as much. Furthermore, the official opening of the Seva Food Bank was by mayor of Mississauga herself, Hazel McCallion.

The Seva Food Bank is a great opportunity to connect with one’s immediate community and give back on a local scale. Moreover, the Foundation was asked to help volunteer with the Food Bank and without any hesitations we were more than happy to help. They immediately had agreed to come train members at the October GGSCF meeting, who would be interested in volunteering at the Food Bank on Sunday afternoons.

The members of the Seva Food Bank came from the west side of Toronto and explained to us the main reasons why the food bank was needed. They also trained us with the use of power point presentation and information booklets. Through their presentation they were able to explain the way that the food bank system works and that one must understand the safety concerns before working in a warehouse environment. They informed us that volunteers are needed in all aspects of the process, from fund raising to downright filling orders and shelves. Overall, it’s an amazing opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved. All you need is an energetic spirit and a caring heart. For more information check out the website: www.sevafoodbankc.com