Conscientious Cook: Exploring a Free Kitchen in Delhi

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Visit a Sikh free kitchen in Delhi in this fascinating article from WorldChanging. Every Sikh temple in the world has an open meal kitchen where people both poor and rich, Sikh and non-Sikh, can stop in and get a free meal. It is not a soup kitchen and they do not demand any religious response.

The writer says, Our guide's chorus was, "Man, woman, color, caste, community," meaning you will be fed here regardless of how you fit into any of those classifications. This spirit of inclusion and equality is reinforced by the kitchen's adherence to vegetarianism, not because Sikhs are vegetarian, but because others who visit may be, and by serving no meat, they exclude nobody.

We were fascinated by the pictures and description of how well the kitchen feeds so many people in a quiet, humble fashion, and by the approach, which seems to offer respect to its visitors and those who are genuinely needy.

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