Soup kitchens are nothing new, since ancient times societies have helped the hungry get a meal. But as Covid-19 impacts globally the need to feed those affected has snowballed. But did you know the history of the soup kitchen? I didn’t until recently and it’s a really amazing story.
Journalist Stephen Henderson was traveling on assignment in India when he first learned of soup kitchens operated by Sikh houses of worship (or gurudwaras). After volunteering for a week at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi ― which feeds 20,000 men, women, and children every day ― Henderson became curious to research the very different ways in which hungry people are served free meals around the world.
The result is a book titled The 24-hour Soup Kitchen and Stephen recently appeared on Heritage Radio to tell the story. An inspiring and insightful tale that’s totally worth a listen. Podcast is online here.
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