As border countries are coming forward to support Ukraine in the crisis, Social media users are posting videos and images to highlight the community services being provided in Ukraine. One of the images is of a food truck with the name "Guru Nanak's Langar Goodbye hunger" on it. It is being shared with a claim/suggestion that the photo is of Sikh Community providing free food to the Ukrainian people during the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Actor Richa Chadha shared the image with a caption," So much to learn"
Arhan Farook, National Executive council member Yuva Morcha of Jammu and Kashmir, also shared the image on Twitter with a caption that reads," Free food distributed in Ukraine by Sikhs. Whenever or whatever when world needs any help sikh committee is always stood by us. #sikh"
Aarif Shah, a Journalist, also shared the image with a caption that reads, "Guru Nanak's Langar Good Bye Hunger #Ukraine".
The viral photo is of a langar put up to serve free food for the people of Ukraine.
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it to be misleading. The viral image is from 2016 and is not related to Ukraine.
During our initial investigation, we searched details of the image using google reverse image search. We found a tweet by In the service of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, posted in September 2016 with a caption that reads," Superb initiative by the Sikhs of Canada! A food van "Guru Nanak's Langar Good Bye Hunger which provides free food."
We also found a post by We the Sikhs Facebook page, which has more than 22K people. The post was uploaded in 2018 with a caption that reads, "Canada's first Free Food Truck – Guru Nanak Dev Ji's LANGAR – Goodbye Hunger. Everybody is welcome here regardless of Faith, Gender, Age, Caste or Status. #WeTheSikhs #Langar #GuruNanakDevJi #proudtobesikh"
PTC News, a Punjabi news channel, had uploaded a video of the truck on their YouTube channel in September 2016. The title of the video reads," Canada's first Free Food Truck – Guru Nanak Dev Ji's LANGAR – Goodbye Hunger". According to the report, the Sikh Sewa Society, Toronto, started the Free Food Truck in Brampton, Canada.
After the image went viral recently, the Sikh Sewa Society released a statement on Facebook. On February 27, 2022, the society clarified the viral image saying, "It has recently been brought to the board's attention that a picture of Sikh Sewa Society's mobile kitchen has been posted on social media. These social media posts falsely indicate that we are providing langar in Ukraine during a period of crisis. We would like to ask everyone not to spread misinformation during this time of crisis. The board would like to clarify that our operations service vulnerable communities in the GTA and the organization currently does not have any active operations outside of Canada. The team of volunteers at Sikh Sewa Society empathize with the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis and ask that people support organizations that are currently active in providing support to innocent civilians during this trying time".
From the above investigation, it is evident that the video dates from 2016. The viral image is of the Sikh Sewa Society in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, organizing Guru Nanak's Dev Ji langar in 2016.
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