Heroes of the Week: Gurpreet Singh and the Riverside Gurdwara

Image: Gurpreet Singh/United Sikh Mission

 

The coronavirus pandemic has compounded food insecurity around the world and in the United States has placed great strain on foodbanks. As a result, faith groups have worked diligently to help feed their neighbors.
As CNN reported, Gurpreet Singh and other members of the Sikh community in Riverside, California, started to organize efforts to provide food assistance in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Something Singh figured it would simply be a variation on the work the Riverside Gurdwara (a Sikh temple) had been doing for years.
Worldwide, Gurdwaras offer free meals to anyone who shows up. Known as Langar, it’s a tenet of faith and a key part of the Sikh religion, which emphasizes a concept of selfless service to the community at large. In the pre-pandemic days, the Riverside Gurdwara was used to providing 800 to 1,000 meals each Sunday, now they serve up 1,400.
We thought, ‘we’ll run it two or three days a week — good deed done, pat on the back,'” Singh said. But the line persisted and Singh said he quickly realized the scope of the problem. “Hunger has no days off,” he said, “so there’s no way we can serve less often than every day.” On the busiest days, Singh said, the line of cars can reach two or three miles long.

 

 

Up Next

One Cool Thing: Meet Pattie Gonia, Environmentalist Drag Queen

One Cool Thing: Meet Pattie Gonia, Environmentalist Drag Queen

High heels, wigs, and full makeup may not be the attire traditionally associated with hiking in the great outdoors, yet environmentalist drag queen Pattie Gonia is using her photoshoots to bring awareness to environmental issues and make the outdoors more inclusive for all groups. As Yale Climate Connections wrote, Pattie Gonia says it starts by […]

Continue Reading 145 words
New Study Finds that Men’s Spending Emits More Than Women’s

New Study Finds that Men’s Spending Emits More Than Women’s

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study found that men’s consumer spending causes 16% more emissions than that of women when spending similar sums of money on goods. The study juxtaposed the spending habits of single men and women in Sweden, and found that men were more likely to spend on fuel for […]

Continue Reading 338 words
Tokyo 2020 Competition Heats Up, Literally

Tokyo 2020 Competition Heats Up, Literally

You may recall our interview with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn where she explained the threat that climate change poses to winter olympic sports like hers. Now that the Tokyo Summer Olympics are underway, it’s all the more evident that climate change will continue affecting summer sports in a similar fashion. In Tokyo specifically, where climate […]

Continue Reading 507 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.