May 13, 2009 > Bay Area Sikhs honored for fighting hunger
Bay Area Sikhs honored for fighting hunger
Submitted By Harjot S Khalsa
"Seva," or community service, is a vital founding principle of Sikhism. To further the 500-year mission of the first guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, to feed the hungry, local Sikhs have displayed their support for the community with a successful food drive.
Alameda County Community Food Bank recently honored Sikhs at Fremont Gurdwara Sahib with a Gold Plate award for donating close to 3,000 pounds of dry food and blankets in 2008. The award recognized the highest donation by a single organization. Shannon Le Rutherford, donor relation manger of the food bank, commended Gurdwara Sahib on their efforts to make a powerful difference in the fight against hunger. The food bank supports 300 agencies serving low-income people throughout Alameda County.
The award was received by Gurdwara Sahib President Harjot Singh Khalsa, Bhai Jagtar Singh, Balbir Kaur Sull, Hardev Singh, Bahadur Singh, Bibi Gurmeet Kaur, Tejinder Singh Dhami, Balbir singh Gakhal , Dr. Jagtar Singh Sandhu and Nirpal Singh on behalf of the Sikh community. Khalsa thanked Bay Area Sikhs for their generosity and promised to organize another wide-reaching and successful food drive this year. "It shows how a small community can make a big difference, even during a time of recession," he said.