On 23rd March 2020, the UK lockdown began, businesses were closed and many families lost their sources of income. Though the lockdown was essential in stopping the spread of the coronavirus however it affected many in the community negatively.
Almost all of the food banks available in the Ealing borough were closed due to this lockdown as well, so the volunteers at Sukhmani Sahib Parivaar came up with an initiative to start up a food bank on 27th April to help both the homeless in our area as well as those who were struggling financially due to not having any work.
The food bank was organised very quickly with the support of the committee at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar and the generous donations of the Sangat, we were able to start the food bank swiftly. Reaching out through our social media we were able to gain the support of the local Metro Bank and had many volunteers come through and offered their time to help out at the food bank.
The immense support from the community led to the Ealing council making us an official food bank and provided us with full guidance and support to keep all those involved safe. Throughout the uneasy period of the lockdown, we were able to serve over 15000 people from our local community.
We would like to say a huge thank you the committee and trustees at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar who provided us with a location to be able to run the food bank and supported us through it all. We would also like to thank the Sangat and all the volunteers who took out their time and money to help us help the community, without them none of this would be possible. A massive thank you is also due for the volunteers from the Metro bank who took out their time during working hours to help us.
A very special thank you to the Ealing council for giving us the status of an official food bank and providing us with the guidance and support to keep everyone safe while doing all we could to help our community.