The Sikh Foodbank to continue operating after 80,000 lockdown meals

A COMMUNITY group formed to deliver lifeline lockdown help has served up 80,000 meals to vulnerable people.

Volunteers created The Sikh Foodbank in late March to aid shielding and struggling households from all backgrounds.

As well as basics, it has provided culturally-specific groceries not normally found in food bank parcels to people in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

And while stay-at-home rules have lifted for most of the population, co-founder Charandeep Singh says the impact of growing job losses means more people continue to seek support.

Due to cultural and language barriers, many of those from ethnic minority backgrounds are unaware of their rights.

In response, the food bank is now providing help on accessing support through leaflets and videos in some of the most-used South Asian languages in Scotland as well the latest Covid-19 information.

To ensure that those from different minority communities are not left behind. He said: “We are seeing people who have been placed onto consultation and know they are going to be made redundant, or people who are on zero hour contracts or have lost their jobs, particularly in hospitality.

“These are people who have never claimed for government support before and perhaps don’t know how to. We will continue to be there for them.”

Originally Published by The National, Kirsteen Paterson, 10th August