New York, September 29, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Driven by the spirit of Seva (meaning Selfless Service), UNITED SIKHS joins forces with HungerMitao, to address food insecurity through Feeding America and its vast network of 200+ food banks serving food challenged individuals and families in every zip code across the United States.
“With our steadfast mission to transform, alleviate, educate, and protect the lives of underprivileged, individuals and minority communities impacted by disasters, natural or man-made, suffering from hunger, illiteracy, diseases, or from violation of civil and human-rights into informed and vibrant members of society by fostering sustainable programs regardless of color, race, religion or creed, we are excited to partner with the HungerMitao movement to fight hunger across the United States. This allows us to execute the Sikh ethos of putting others before oneself to an even greater degree.” said Gurpreet Singh, CEO of UNITED SIKHS.
“HungerMitao supports and strengthens the work of the Feeding America network because of the efficiency, reach, reliability and urgency with which the network serves the food insecure,” said Anna Asava, Co-founder HungerMitao. “Hunger comes several times a day, every day. So, people need to have a reliable source they can access as they pull their lives together and get back on their feet. We are thankful to Food Banks across the US for providing sustained support to our neighbors facing hunger.”
Over the four years, since its launch in 2017, the HungerMitao movement has enabled close to 40 million meals for the Feeding America network of food banks. Additionally, UNITED SIKHS in conjunction with its ground partners in the same time frame has served approximately 35 million cooked meals and shelf-stable food across the United States utilizing the infrastructure and strength of the Sikh community in particular. Both models amplify the spirit of selfless service and believe in volunteering in addition to giving their voice and resources to help the hungry, regardless of political, religious, or ethnic backgrounds.
“No one in our communities should be food insecure,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond). “HungerMitao and United Sikhs have each been lifelines for so many people, and now together they can have an even greater impact in their quest to end hunger. The Sikh value of Seva, spirit of selfless service, is the perfect partnership with HungerMitao to feed many more people by engaging the Indian American community so we can lead with our values of helping the most vulnerable.”
Recently, HungerMitao and UNITED SIKHS collaborated with Second Harvest Food Bank in Louisiana to serve families impacted by hurricane Ida. UNITED SIKHS has established an office to support the local community in Laplace, where over 1 million people lost electricity and have been displaced.
HungerMitao has announced a matching challenge to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Food Bank of New Jersey, and Food Bank for New York City, all of whom were impacted by hurricane Ida.