Charandeep Singh, Founder, The Sikh Food Bank, has been honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's 2021 New Year Honours List for services to charity during the Covid-19 response. Charandeep formed the ‘The Sikh Food Bank’ at the start of lockdown in response to the growing number of isolated individuals and vulnerable families experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst working full-time, Charandeep coordinated dozens of volunteers to deliver over 100,000 meals and food parcels to families across Scotland. Over the past decade, Charandeep has been involved in numerous youth and community charities, fundraising thousands of pounds, and served as General Secretary of the award-winning Glasgow Gurdwara. He currently serves as Executive Director of the national body, Sikhs in Scotland. Commenting on the announcement, Dr Liz Cameron OBE, CEO of Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:
"Many congratulations to Charandeep and his team on receiving this outstanding honour for services to charity. In addition to his extremely busy professional job supporting Scottish businesses, Charandeep set up The Sikh Food Bank from scratch to support vulnerable people through the coronavirus pandemic. He has shown great leadership and is an inspirational role model for others to follow. "His passion, dedication and commitment to helping others is making a real difference to people across Scotland.”
Charandeep Singh, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and co-Founder of The Sikh Food Bank said:
"It has been a privilege to serve communities across Scotland during the pandemic. I am truly humbled to receive this recognition and I wish to dedicate this award to the whole team of volunteers and supporters without whom none of this would be possible.
"The Sikh Food Bank has been a lifeline service for families in need and I hope to continue serving all those in need in the future."