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Tuesday
Dec132016

Food banks: Stocking a Syrian pantry

(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:

Chickpeas

Corn

Crushed & diced tomatoes

Tomato paste

Tomato sauce

Mushrooms

Pickles

Sardines

Tuna

Olives

Honey

Jam  

 

Dry

Long-grain rice

Lentils

Fava (broad) beans

Chickpeas

White beans

Flour

Cornstarch

Vermicelli (rice) noodles

 

Nuts & Dried Fruit

Walnuts

Almonds

Pine nuts

Pistachios

Dates

Dried apricots

Raisins

 

Oils, Condiments & Spices

Olive oil

Corn oil

Sugar

Vinegar

Ketchup

Black Tea

Chamomile tea

Instant coffee

Arabic coffee (ground with or

    without cardamom)

Salt

Black peeper

Cumin

Rosemary

Oregano

Mint

Cinnamon

Paprika

Coriander

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