A former mobile library has been saved from the scrap heap thanks to Midland Langar Seva Society, a Sikh charity which feeds the homeless.

The bus will be used to prepare meals to be distributed across the country to the homeless. It will also be a place for shelter and aid for the homeless.

The bus was unveiled on the 4th of November when thousands of Sikhs celebrate the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

A team of volunteers serve over 12,000 meals a week in 17 locations across the UK and also run children’s breakfast clubs.

The Midland Langar Seva has been recently recognised for it’s amazing work by being honoured at the Pride of Birmingham Award.

Randhir Singh Heer and Parmjit Singh Bahia started the Midland Langar Seva Society, which offers an open kitchen to “all and everyone” in need of food every night of the week.

The work of Midland Langar Seva Society is based on the Sikh concept of langar (meaning communal kitchen), which sees free vegetarian meals served in all Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) across the world all day, every day.

Founder of the charity Randhir Singh said:

“Midland Langar Seva Society was started out of a desire to help however, the more people we helped, the more we wanted to help. It is this desire to do seva (selfless service) that has seen us grow and now have teams across the UK and even India. 

Guru Nanak Dev Ji started langar 500 years ago and we simply wanted to bring this service outside of the walls of a Gurdwara to ensure it reaches those that need it.

With this in mind, we have always been looking for more ways to help and as a team we came up with the idea for a langar bus. 

This will allow us to transport enough food to feed hundreds across the UK, whilst also giving us a place we can provide aid and more to those that need it.”

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