Community kitchen in Sri Lanka provides essential aid to those in need during crises

Singularity Sri Lanka and Sarvodaya have partnered to launch the largest and longest-running Community Kitchen program in Sri Lanka, providing a lifeline for those struggling with the country’s ongoing crises, including fuel and electricity shortages, and food insecurity. The program offers a weekly nutritious meal to those in need, while also giving them a chance to take time for themselves and to connect with their community.

From June to December 2022, the program focused on providing meals at three locations: Panchikawatta Abeysingharama Temple, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grandpass, and Modara Sathirusevana apartment complex, ultimately serving over 200,000 meals. Sri Lankans living abroad also volunteered to support the program and help spread its impact.

While the Community Kitchen program operated only one day a week, participants were assigned various tasks throughout the week, which they carried out with enthusiasm and dedication, even without expecting any rewards. This project allowed individuals to come together and help each other during a time of great turmoil, and the results were beyond expectations.

The program was not just about providing a basic need, but also about creating a sense of community and cooperation. The Community Kitchen project allowed individuals to set aside time for themselves and their neighbors, something that was particularly difficult in the midst of political and economic turmoil. 

The Community Kitchen project demonstrates the power of collective action and compassion in times of crisis. It highlights the importance of taking responsibility for our fellow citizens and the impact that small acts of kindness can have on an entire community.