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Collecting Food for the Homeless
December 2017

Volunteers from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London joined BAPS Charities in December 2017 to collect food for the homeless.

The collection was part of the Mandir’s proactive and ongoing commitment to support and serve the needy. As part of this initiative, volunteers also collected clothes for the homeless. (Click here to learn more.)

Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old. People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence, and homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population.

Volunteers collected various items of food, including cereals, tinned food, biscuits and fruit. A total of 180kg of food was then distributed to Harrow Foodbank – part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Kesh Morjariya, a lead volunteer at the Mandir, shared his thoughts on the programme. “It is deeply saddening to hear the struggles that homeless people face, particularly during the cold winter months. We are overwhelmed at the support of worshippers and members of the local community and hope that the food can provide some comfort to those without food or a roof over their heads.”

Judy Cunnington, Manager at the Harrow Foodbank, said, “We are so grateful to BAPS Charities for the generous donation which will help many people.”

To learn more about Harrow Foodbank, please click here.

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