"It's like a full military operation we have underway," Jaswinder Singh says of Sikh Volunteers Australia.
The Melbourne-based operation has cooked and delivered an estimated 174,000 meals across the city since pandemic lockdowns began in 2020 - that's up to 1500 meals every day.
SVA home delivers meals to anyone in need and volunteers often drive long distances to distribute food in places impacted by floods and fires.
In summer 2020 they visited bushfire-hit Gippsland and last March volunteers drove 12 hours to provide food during the NSW floods.
In June, they were in the Yarra Valley, after hundreds of homes were destroyed by storms.
But Mr Singh told AAP delivering meals during Melbourne's lockdowns has been a particular challenge.
Volunteers had to buy enough ingredients to feed thousands of people but there were product limits at supermarkets and they needed permits to leave home.
But with meals reaching 41 suburbs, "the reaction is very appreciative," Mr Singh said.
"People used to think there is no such thing as free food but we are proved wrong," he said.
Mr Singh started Sikh Volunteers with 15 other first-generation migrants in 2014 and it has grown to more than 400 people devoting their time without government support.
SVA has won a swag of community gongs and been named in the 2020 human rights awards.
The organisation is building its own specialised kitchen in the Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne West that will quadruple its cooking capacity.
With 15 stove burners and large fridges, it will also mean the menu of pasta and curries can expand to pizza and roti.
"We can cook almost 6000 meals a day - we can serve the humanity better," Mr Singh said.
Sharing with others is one of the three main tenets of the Sikh faith but people do not have to be Sikh to lend a hand, he added.
"We are a very multicultural organisation, we respect the diversity of the land and we invite everyone to join."
Australian Associated Press