Sewa Day West London volunteers providing meals in Slough

Sewa Day (West London), part of the One Slough Community Response initiative in Slough, have provided 15,000 meals to date to NHS front-line carers and vulnerable people in Slough and neighbouring areas. Operating out of the Sewa Kitchen in Slough, the group prepares vegetarian meals seven days a week for NHS staff at Wexham Park, Upton and other hospitals; for those isolating themselves as well as for homeless, vulnerable and elderly members of the community.

Sewa Day have received some grateful comments from NHS staff commenting, “Extremely tasty curry, many thanks to all volunteers.” 

Suhas Madhekar, Sewa Day West London region coordinator said, “When we started on 6 April, we were preparing 200 meals a day. Due to the demand from many hospitals we had to scale up and serve close to 450 daily meals very quickly. As of 10 May, I am very proud of all our volunteers who have enabled us to cross the 15,000 mark.

We are also very grateful for all the donations from organisations, community groups, volunteers and individual households we have received without which we would not have been able to do this noble service.”

Prakash Vithanala, an IT Tech Manager, is one of Sewa Day’s volunteer chefs. He said, “It’s a pleasure for me working with the kind hearted volunteers from Sewa Day and Slough Hindu Temple. As a team in the kitchen we need to be close to each other to do tasks, but social distancing is a very important and we maintain that at all times. At times this creates a challenging situation, but we are able to overcome it with good discipline. Every day, we as a team feel successful when we have completed cooking the meals for those caring NHS heroes and vulnerable people in our community.”