From farm labor to food trucks, Sikhs adapt langar to serve the masses during a pandemic

The Sikh community’s long tradition of feeding those in need through volunteer-run community kitchens called langar was primed to provide COVID-19 food aid, which many gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) did through active outreach rather than simply opening their doors. One group, Khalsa Aid, expanded into a multistate project to improve access to food in rural and other underserved areas, including a project in New Jersey to supply the Ramapough Lenape Tribe with food and help it start a farm to grow its own food. Many of America’s 246 gurdwaras already were equipped with large-scale cooking operations.

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