SAN RAFAEL — Members of Sikhs for Humanity from throughout Northern California including Manteca served dinner to over 700 Kincade Fire emergency evacuation center residents in a temporary shelter set up at Marin County Fair Grounds in San Rafael.
The meal was made possible by the help of all Northern California Gurudwaras (Sikh Temple), known as Sikhs for Humanity (SFH).
The Fremont Gurudwara organized preparing hot meals on a short notice.
The shelter was set up by Red Cross and Salvation Army to house individuals, families, including men, women, and children from mandatory fire evacuations throughout Sonoma County. Over 76,138 acres have been burned and 124 structures damaged including 57 homes.
SFH reached out to partner agencies and groups after recent mass evacuations due to fire emergency and assessed evacuation center needs. After reviewing the situation SFH decided to assist Salvation Army and Red Cross and pledged to continue their support as need by the community.
Food was transported in three pickup trucks by volunteers and dining area was set up inside shelter. Shelter residents, Red Cross, and Salvation Army welcomed SFH volunteers.
Organizers noted those sheltered “appreciated delicious vegetarian food. It was very emotional and warm welcome and many eyes were seen wet with love and joy for the outpouring community support during these tough times.”
Additional hot meals for 500 individuals was also served, by the SFH Mountain House team of volunteers at St Mary’s Dining Room in Stockton. St Mary’s Dining room is a community kitchen open to public where free breakfast, lunch and dinner is served throughout the year.