About the Khalsa Care Foundation
Khalsa Care Foundation (KCF) is a non-profit organization serving both Sikh and non-Sikh community in greater Los Angeles area.
Khalsa Care Foundation is a Sikh gurdwara located in Pacoima California. Typically a sangat of about 250-350 people gather on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Sundays approximately 500 people can be seen at gurdwara. The gurdwara is open 24/7, to all, regardless of their background.
Keeping with the Sikh tradition, Khalsa Care Foundation is dedicated to helping all people. The concept of seva can be easily seen at KCF. Some highlights include, in December for the holidays, gurdwara holds a free winter carnival as an outreach to low income families in the area. Similarly, at Thanksgiving, the gurdwara provides food and toy bags for the underprivileged and elderly. Additionally, every Friday night gurdwara sponsors a volunteer run Khalsa Food Pantry for local economically challenged families.
The concept of langar is important in Sikhism and KCF. KCF volunteers cook and provide free food to sangat or all that come to gurdwara. KCF has also begun making pizza every Wednesday and Friday night, which sangat fondly calls “Guru da Pizza.”
To help combat hunger, the Los Angeles Sikh community started a food pantry, in 2013, at the Gurdwara. The pantry is open every Friday from 5:30-6:30pm. A volunteer-based Los Angeles Sikh community hands out food bags to over 400 families on a weekly basis. These bags contain enough food for the week and include perishable and non-perishable items, such as canned food, bread, cereal, pasta, fruits, & vegetables.
As shared in an article published in the San Fernando Valley Sun:
KCF is currently providing at least 5,500 meals a week. In addition to their most recent effort to hold the drive-thru meals, they have an ongoing weekly food pantry every Friday at 5:30 p.m. They’ve also increased their efforts since the pandemic to deliver hot meals to various locations where there is need, and have a list of locations.
They’ve been delivering hundreds of meals for the staff at Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Hope of the Valley Homeless Shelter, and the Southern California Resources Center for Independent Living, Union Station Homeless Service and the staff at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.
This is currently the largest effort of its kind in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
“We begin our food preparation at 7 a.m. so that we can practice the need for social distancing,” Sethi said.
“We don’t know how long this pandemic will last or how long people will be without income. People shouldn’t have to worry about feeding their families.”