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Sewa and HSS Volunteers host a Diwali Food Drive, providing 850 meals to Food Banks and Needy Families

by Inchara Kumar


Phoenix, AZ: Diwali is a festival of lights associated with the goddess Lakshmi celebrating the return of Lord Rama to the city Ayodhya.  It also represents the spreading of prosperity, charity, and the triumph of light (good) over darkness (evil).

 “Spread the light to another person, the light of hope, light of peace, light of happiness,” Lord Rama once said.  A selfless act of humanity that serves the community does just that. So from November to December, Sewa and HSS volunteers put together the 4th annual month long food drive centered around the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Around 200 donors brought cans of food, cereal, baby food, and even juice all packed in boxes, to donate to the drive.  Hundreds of Sewa volunteers from different locations and HSS Volunteers from different Shakhas of age groups (from elementary age children to adults) helped to collect, stack, and organize the different varieties of food to make it easier to allocate to others.

“United Food Bank was appreciative of the donations, as this year they didn’t receive as many donations as previous years” Pradeepji, a volunteer, noted.  “Kudos to those who put in the effort to volunteer!” The teamwork brought togetherness among those who volunteered- it lifted their spirits when they were around others who were giving to the community.

At the end of the year, Sewa collected a total of 1020 pounds of food, an equivalent of 850 meals.  416 pounds were donated to the Desert Mission Food Bank in Phoenix, 406 pounds to United Food Bank in Mesa, and 200 pounds to needy families.

Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, nonprofit service organization registered under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3). Founded in 2003, Sewa International is part of a larger movement that started in India in 1989 and is active in twenty countries. Sewa serves humanity irrespective of race, color, religion, gender or nationality.


We specialize in disaster relief and rehabilitation. Our development programs focus on family services; child, tribal and refugee welfare; women empowerment; health; and education. In addition to our work in the US, we have undertaken development projects in Colombia, Guyana, India, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

For more information to participate in Volunteering Activities please contact:

Ritu Daryani : Lead - Serve Phoenix Volunteering Activities 
Ph: (602) 524-3935, (602) 427- 8863