(Staff) OVER 35,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada between Nov.4, 2015 and Nov. 20, 2016. In fact, 344 communities across the country have welcomed them.
Whether or not you directly helped sponsor a Syrian refugee, you can donate food suitable for a Syrian pantry to a local food bank. Refugees and immigrants from Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey also would appreciate these foods. Most of them can be purchased in a regular supermarket.
According to Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount report, 13 percent of people who used food banks in the past year were immigrants or refugees, many of them from the Middle East.
There are over 500 food banks across the country. The need for such food services has risen 28 percent from eight years ago. Students are turning to food banks that are now operating on more college campuses while the aging population is also coming to rely more heavily on donated foodstuffs.
Syrian staples include rice, chickpeas, lentils and tuna, but not pasta or boxed breakfast cereals. Choose some items from this list:
Canned goods & preserves:
Crushed & diced tomatoes
Fava (broad) beans
Vermicelli (rice) noodles
Nuts & Dried Fruit
Oils, Condiments & Spices
Arabic coffee (ground with or