Walsall charity providing hundreds of meals to those in need - including school children

A charity built on the Sikh principle of supporting all regardless of status is continuing to help people across the region.

Lisa Bedi and Sharon Heer are two of the many volunteers help Midlands Langar Seva Society to help people in need
Lisa Bedi and Sharon Heer are two of the many volunteers help Midlands Langar Seva Society to help people in need

The Midland Langar Seva Society has worked for more than seven years to provide hot foot and drink to people living on the street, schools, safe houses and those on the poverty line.

The charity, which started in Walsall in 2013, operates from the Sikh term Langar, which means a general or common kitchen and canteen where food is served for free, without prejudice regardless of race, religion, and background.

It was founded in October by CEO Randhir Singh and best friend Parmjit Singh and has increased its output in the last year, providing meals for those in need during the pandemic.

Members of the charity had been out in Whitmore Reans in Wolverhampton over the week of April 19-23, providing 790 hot meals for pupils and families at St Andrews CofE Primary School.

Randhir Singh said it was one of many community outreaches the charity was doing around the country and said it was a way to help families impacted by the pandemic.

He said: "With the pandemic kicking in, we saw a lot of people lose their jobs, so we decided to start doing food for schools, not just for the children, but for their families as well.

"We've come across families who have babies in cardboard nappies because their parents have been laid off from work, so we extended our service to meet their needs for food.

"This outreach in Whitmore Reans is one of many we have done and that we hope to do for schools across the country, whenever we are required."

Mr Singh said the response to the project had been phenomenal, with donations of food and events rooms and nappies among the help the charity had received.

He said it meant a lot to him and to everyone at the charity to be able to provide the amount of help it was able to.

He said: "You can't describe the feeling you get when you are able to help people as they have to deal with circumstances which are indescribable.

"The fact that you get to help humanity with love and compassion is a must and it's great that we're not just feeding their bodies, we're feeding their souls.

"If you're ever in need of help, our door is always open and we will always be there to help."

To find out more about Midlands Langar Seva Society, go to midlandlangarseva.org.

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