Free kitchen gives Preston a taste of goodwill

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.
Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.
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A free kitchen has provided meals to dozens of people in the centre of Preston.

Preston Sikh Society planned the event for Sunday, with the aim of “making a stronger community by fighting hunger together”.

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.

Organisers say about 30 volunteers turned out to the Guru Nanak Free Kitchen, with about 75 people being served meals.

Co-ordinator Gurumukh Singh said: “It was fantastic, it was our first experience and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.” He said the kitchen was open to everybody but was largely aimed at the homeless community, and said: “We would like to help them as much as we can from now on.”

The kitchen, held at the covered market, has initially been set up on a monthly basis, and is soon hoped to be held fortnightly.

Mr Singh said: “About 30 volunteers came from Lancaster, Preston, even a group from Doncaster gave their support, it was a joint effort.”

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.

Anyone who wishes to help or volunteer with future events is asked to contact Preston Sikh Seva Society via Facebook.

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. L-r Robert Pavionc, Laura Kay and Danny Pearson. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.

Members of the Sikh Society hold their first free food kitchen for the homeless and needy at Preston Flag Market. L-r Robert Pavionc, Laura Kay and Danny Pearson. Picture by Paul Heyes, Sunday February 26, 2017.