5SikhSeva.org is a registered 501(c) nonprofit organization, on a mission to bring the kitchen to the community. As the Bay Area communities grapple with the pandemic recovery, front line workers—nurses, hospital staff, doctors, and others are working round-the-clock to provide services. Everytime they step out for food, it is a long process for them to get back into “safe” work conditions. Similarly, lack the ability and other vulnerable groups to go out and shop for food during unpredictable shop hours and lockdown conditions.
5SikhSeva’s Food Truck, The Orange that Feeds, is designed to bring the kitchen to these communities. Our Food Truck will be available at designated spots during the weekdays, and will offer nutritious, fresh, and hot vegetarian meals to the front line workers and others in need. The menu is seasonal and changes with local produce availability.
5SikhSeva.org honors the five rivers of Punjab (Northern India), the breadbasket of much of that populous region. “Seva” or service to others is an integral value of Sikhs, and when the pandemic hit, two Bay Area families met to discuss how to serve the community in the most relevant way. The youth in the family came up with the Food Truck idea to take the kitchen to the community. From there, over the next 11 months the families set up the organization, connected with like-minded collaborators, sourced the truck, and set up operations. Today, we are honored to deliver food at various key locations in the Bay Area, with plans to expand beyond.
Community helping community by bringing nutritious, fresh, hot and free meals.
The idea of selfless service and feed those in need through 5SikhSeva.org was born during the height of the pandemic
Searched for collaborators to learn ways.
Contacted experts and experience holders such as Seva truck, DC
Initial core group to help with 5SikhSeva.org started to take shape. Manmeet joined the group and provided invaluable knowledge from his experience in doing such service before
More collaboration and coaching from SevaTruck, DC. Manmeet searched the limited Bay Area market at the height of pandemic for a food truck. Planned to purchase a food truck agreed etc. etc.
Website went live.
Continued to plan logistical details.
5SikhSeva registered as a non-profit charity in California governed by a board. A bank account established, insurances purchased. Food truck customized with vinyl wrap colors of orange and blue. Raj joined the orgaization to drive the food truck and also cook. Raj, an expert cook had been a chef before he lost his work due to the pandemic.
Kitchen Commissary established, food truck registered and serviced, Raj traveled to DC to get trained by Seva truck, DC, Jagtar joined the team as a volunteer, Randy, one of the previous owners of the food truck volunteered to train Raj in using the food truck, Harmeet joined the team, Alameda County certification process began
First donation received, food truck provided meals for Baisakhi at Fremont Gurudwara, transported food to homeless at Glide memorial in SF, provided meals on multiple days at Covid vaccination site in Fremont
Food permit for Alameda county obtained, food truck inspection approved, practiced menu development, served meals at planting trees event in Union city, served meals at an Anti Hate against Asians event in Union city, hired Karthik to polish the website, develop a logo and help with advertising
Ishmeet & Ishmeet joined the team, routes identified for meal service. Delivering nutritious free meals to frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens and other groups in local Bay Area using Covid and health department protocols for serving meals.
As 5SikhSeva Food Truck heads down the highway, its name honors the iconic 5 Rivers of Punjab (Northern India), the breadbasket of much of that populous region.
Our tag line is “Spread a Goodness Contagion!” We are trying to reverse the pandemic’s contagion of fear through selfless service.
5SikhSeva is now delivering nutritious free meals to frontline hospital healthcare workers and other vulnerable groups in local Bay Area using Covid and health department protocols.
Moving forward, our food truck, and others like it, will be pulling up at schools, fire stations, shelters, and other food deserts, serving up hot healthy meals to those in need.