MISSISSAUGA: As tens of thousands of Canadians have gathered over the past two weekends to celebrate Vaisakhi, Peel-based charity, Clubhouse Charities, has lead an effort to collect an abundance of food donations for Seva Food Bank.
During the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May, the Sikh community across the GTA held two Khalsa Day processions. The first was held in downtown Toronto and the second from Malton to Rexdale. As in previous years, hundreds of volunteers cooked and served free food of all types to attendees. To ensure that the leftover food wasn’t wasted, Clubhouse Charities collected all food left over from the parade food stalls and donated it to Seva Food Bank.
Jag Nijjar is the co-founder of Clubhouse Charities, an organization that raises money for Sick Kids Hospital through events such as sports tournaments and other fundraisers. Nijjar and his dedicated team of volunteers which included support from Action Auto Collision and AZ Roofers spent hours collecting all the leftover food from various food tents and stalls along the procession but also picking up and compressing the garbage.
“Over the last few years we have learned about the hardships of being able to collect much needed items for those who rely on organizations like Seva Food Bank,” said co-founder of Clubhouse Charities Jag Nijjar. It’s our team’s pleasure to be able to support such a noble cause.”
Seva Food Bank received thousands of bottles of water, loaves of bread, fresh fruits, juice cartons and bags of milk. This food will be provided to clients at both locations and also shared with the Mississauga Food Bank network. “We are very thankful to Clubhouse Charities for their tireless efforts to serve the community,” remarked Seva Food Bank board member Harbaljit Singh Kahlon. “For the second straight year, Jag and his team have made a tremendous contribution to Seva and our clients.”
Launched in 2010, the Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to low-income families living in Mississauga through their Wolfedale Road and Slough Street (Malton) locations. It is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization.