Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen in New West supports B.C. flood victims

Theresa McManus

Theresa McManus
Angad Nagy, Hargun Singh and Indy Panchi helped organize the Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen’s collection of $60,000 worth of bottled water for B.C. flood victims. Don Franks/Contributed

The Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen in Queensborough is lending a hand to folks affected by flooding in B.C.

The registered charity recently gathered $60,000 worth of bottled water for distribution to Merritt and another areas in B.C. that have been affected by flooding. The group contacted Coun. Chuck Puchmayr to help with the initiative.


“The Guru Nanak Kitchen is always there for the community,” Puchmayr said. “This water is such a timely donation as we see the devastation caused by the massive flooding in our province. As soon as permitted, we will move this water to the areas in need.”

Unique Trucking picked up the massive load of 1.5 litre-bottles of water from the supplier at no charge. Arrangements are being made to transport it to communities in need, but the Purpose Society has agreed to store that can be done. 

According to Puchmayr, a South Asian family is also prepared to make a large donation to the effort, which will occur once they received word from Emergency Management BC as how to best proceed.

“We’re so fortunate to live in a community where some many come forward in a time of crisis,” he said.

In October, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen held an open house at the Sukh Sagar Gurdwara in Queensborough in celebration of International Langar Week. Langar, a 500-year-old practice of the Sikh community, helps feed thousands of people on Canadian streets every day of the week and can also be found in every single gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) on Earth – including the temple in Queensborough.

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