Amarpreet Singh has received tremendous media attention for his selfless service in feeding the homeless in the UK. A local UK media news network reported on Amarpreet Singh’s service to his community.
Amarpreet gives up every Saturday to cook and serve free food to the homeless in Cardiff, UK and refuses to accept a penny in return.
He told the newspaper that the Sikh religion teaches followers to take a part of their earnings and to give it the less fortunate.
Singh took the teachings to his heart and started to prepare meals every Saturday starting at 9am and after his prayers he and his wife Manpreet kaur go to Cardiff to serve free food.
Amarpreet started his selfless service feeding the homeless in August last year and reaches about 80 people in an hour.
The typical menu includes chick peas, cauliflower curry, pasta dishes, naan breads and an onion dish.
Amarpreet was quoted in the Mirror:
“It’s not quick, it takes a bit of time, but we know it’s going to a good cause,” he said.
Any leftovers are then taken around those who sleep rough in doorways and alleyways but who are reluctant to give up their spots.
Instead, Amerpreet and his band of fellow volunteers deliver goodie bags to them, which contain pots of curry, crisps and cartons of fruit juice.
And it is not just the homeless whom he serves, but all those who cannot afford to eat.
“In today’s society people are working and feeding their kids but they are not feeding themselves,” he said.
“If someone walks past and asks for a cup of tea, who are we to judge?
“When one person sees a good deed, someone else will see that and it carries on like a chain reaction.
“We don’t say to someone ‘You’re not homeless’ – we will give it to anyone who comes along.”
He says he was inspired by the example of his grandfather, who handed out bags of roasted chick peas and bottles of water to those who were hungry in his home town in Amritsar, India.
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“I wanted to do something along the same lines and carry on his good work,” Amerpreet explained.
“It’s a good feeling, giving something back to the community.”
He represents a charity based around the Sikh concept of langar, which translates as “free kitchen” and which offers free food to anyone who needs it, regardless of background.
And he says he derives satisfaction from the gratitude of those whom he helps.
“You can see in their faces when they get a warm meal or a cup of tea that they really appreciate it,” he said.
Devoting every Saturday to the cause is not one which daunts Amerpreet.
“When we started off we said we had to be committed to it,” he added.
“If we miss one then people will miss that food.”
Anyone who wants to get involved in helping out can get in touch via the Midland Langar Seva Society’s Facebook page.
The society was originally set up in Walsall and now co-ordinates similar schemes in about a dozen cities across the UK.
Amerpreet added: “I see a lot of homeless people all over the place and if someone in Newport or Swansea wanted to set something similar up I would be happy to help them out.”