For the last few years our organization has been serving a basic need many of us take for granted, Food. There are millions around the globe and right here in the richest nation in the world, the United States of America who suffer from food insecurity, not having access to nutritious meals.
Our work has focused on the most vulnerable in our communities. People and families who are poor and low income. There are others whose circumstances have changed for the worse.
In the tradition of langar started by Guru Nanak Dev Ji we extend this seva across space and time into communities across the globe just like the Guru intended.
We go to Gurudwaras and see the great tradition of langar serving cooked meals. With the Langar serving as our foundation we look out into the world to those who are less privileged than us with more urgent needs.
We have served cooked meals to the most vulnerable from Southern California to Seattle to New York to Punjab to Delhi and many cities around the globe. We serve people regardless of their faith, background, race, gender and other demographic traits.
We are in need to create a more dedicated infrastructure to continue this seva for years to come. We look to you today to fulfill an urgent need for a refrigerated truck. Our request is defined below:
What do we need?
1 Refrigerated truck in Southern California
How much does a used refrigerated truck cost?
About $30,000 for a used truck.
What are the ongoing costs of the truck?
Average monthly expense: $1167/month
- Insurance (Cargo/Physical Damage/Liability): $550/month
- Gas: $400/month
- Maintenance: $400/6 months
- Truck Parking: $150/month
Where will this truck be housed?
At a truck parking lot in Southern California
Who will maintain it?
Our team of volunteers that regularly participates in Langar sewa across Southern California.
How many days will it operate?
3 times per week
How are we deciding which communities to support?
- We serve impoverished areas impacted by hunger and food insecurity. Covid-19 has exacerbated these issues
- Our Feed the Hungry programs have been thriving in the California region for close to 5 years, serving over 120 cities, 5000 families door-to-door for requests received through our UMEED hotline
- Over 100,000 meals have been served to shelters, senior care homes, orphanages, hospitals, unsheltered homeless communities
- Thousands of families have been served via drive-thru food pantry distributions in the most desperate neighborhoods across Southern California
- The truck will also be used to take relief supplies to disaster-stricken areas across California impacted by earthquakes and wildfires as evidenced by acres of wildfires forcing hundreds of thousands of families out of their homes within the last few years