20th Jan, 2021

Coventry's Langar Aid launches appeal for food to help those in need during Lockdown 3

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Tristan Harris 5th Jan, 2021 Updated: 5th Jan, 2021

AN APPEAL has been launched by a Coventry charity which provides emergency food parcels for those who need them.

Langar Aid is currently running low on a variety of food items which are usually included in the packages.

Among them are cooking oil (one litre bottles), biscuits, long life milk, baked beans, tins of chopped tomatoes, pasta and cereal bars.

Drop-offs can be made every evening between 4pm and 6pm to Langar House, Doe Bank Lane.

People wanting to donate items should call 07498 446079 in beforehand to let the organisers know when they will be coming.

Langar Aid, launched in Coventry in 2015 under its mother organisation Khalsa Aid International, saw the biggest demand for its parcels throughout the pandemic, starting during the first lockdown back in March.

Between then and November the charity provided 150,000 food parcels and meals to those who needed them in Coventry, Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

And, whilst it does have some food in stock at the moment, the charity is concerned there could be a similar increase in demand this time around.

Langar Aid’s project manager Avtar Kaur said: “The lockdown last year came as a big shock to everyone – we were delivering 100 food parcels-a-week, in addition to helping supply foodbanks.”

Avtar praised the people of Coventry for their responses, adding she hoped they would rise to the challenge again this time around.

“It has always been so positive – everyone is so generous and really came together to help each other out.”

On Christmas Eve a Langar Aid appeal for food enabled the charity to deliver hundreds of hot meals to the lorry drivers stranded in Dover because of the travel restrictions.

The organisation was formed to bring people together through food and it usually holds events in Coventry and throughout the West Midlands.

With that not possible because of the Covid restrictions it has changed tactics to ensure no-one in the region goes hungry in their own homes during this pandemic.

Anyone who needs an emergency food parcel should call the number above to arrange a delivery slot.

Langar Aid put together a video to thank all its volunteers for their hard work in 2020.

Click the play button at the top of this page to view it.

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