Sikhs across the world will showcase one of the most standout worldwide contributions of any religious community for the fifth year in a row for International Langar Week, and they have plans in Milton Keynes.
Langar Week aims to make the general public aware that Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) are places to go for anyone if they need a meal, with no expectations or stigmas attached.
Langar, meaning communal kitchen is the practice of providing free food for all, regardless of faith, gender, age or status.
This was started by the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, more than 500 years ago and has been undertaken by his followers ever since through donations and seva (selfless service).
Upon launching the now annual campaign in 2014, the late Jagraj Singh, founder of the Sikh Press Association, said, “No one in the world should be hungry. The Sikh concept of langar was set up to ensure this.
"There’s enough food for all but many people lack the compassion to share resources. Many Gurdwaras serve thousands of free meals, daily. Langar Week is a time to open doors to other communities, raise awareness of langar and to fight hunger one meal at a time.”
In Milton Keynes, volunteers will be at Millton Keynes Central Train Station next Thursday (October 4) between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.