New Zealand Food Heroes Celebrations event which was held at Cordis yesterday had announced the winner of NZ Food Hero of 2020 that was awarded to the Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand.
Supreme Sikh Society is the first Indian organisation ever to win this coveted award and was in league with 340 total nominations put for 2020.
There were 340 total nominations put for 2020 and Supreme Sikh Society is the first Indian organisation ever to win this award.
The preeminent Supreme Sikh Society was recognized for an exemplary role of providing food and essential services to thousands of struggling families in South Auckland that also included locals, international students, stranded visitors from overseas across all group of nationalities and ethnicities during the various stages of lockdown in New Zealand.
The Society comprises of the Takanini and Otahuhu Gurudwara was given the ‘Essential Services’ status by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment earlier this year in recognition of delivering and distributing essential food items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, bread, rice, lentils and other items for families facing the loss of income to survive through different levels of lockdowns due to global pandemic covid-19.
Their food distribution drill, which was held at least three times a week during lockdowns were not limited to just food, the society also distributed blankets, stationery items for school children, Protective Personal Equipments, food and medicines etc.
They also delivered the items at the doorstep for elderly and senior members of the community, providing financial assistance and free accommodation to the homeless.
Society’s charitable operations extended from different parts of Auckland, Takanini Gurudwara in South Auckland to Tauranga and Rotorua in Bay of Plenty, Hamilton and parts of Waikato region, North Shore, and West Auckland as well.
According to reports the Supreme Sikh Society has at least distributed 66,000 free bags and essential items to over 280,000 community members during the two waves of Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand this year.
National List MP Kanwaljit Bakshi and Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods also acknowledged the sikh society in the parliament for its services during the first wave of lockdown,and also received a certificate of appreciation from Counties Manukau South Police, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and the High Commission of India in Wellington.
Supreme Sikh Society was also nominated in the ‘Greater Good’ category sharing the finalists’ space with names such as Everybody Eats NZ, KiwiHarvest, Chateau Marlborough Hotel and Quench Restaurant, Fair Food Charitable Trust.
Daljit Singh from Supreme Sikh Society while Receiving the trophy at the NZ Food Heroes Celebrations award ceremony yesterday said, “thank you so much New Zealand for bestowing this Prestigious Award of People’s Choice NZ Food Heroes Award on us by voting so generously and extending your blessed love to us.”