12 Dec

Halal, Indigenous Food Banks Meeting Toronto`s Diverse Needs

Food banks say the number of clients increases over the holiday season

At the Muslim Welfare Centre in Scarborough, executive director Shahid Ahmed Khan takes pride in the halal meat they offer to families in need.

"No other food banks really give out halal meat," Khan said. "Each family gets a 10-pound chicken, beef or lamb."

Khan said stocking halal products brings in thousands of people from around the GTA. 

"The population we see is lots of Muslims, lots of refugees," Khan said, adding they have clients travel from Mississauga, Brampton, and Milton.

The center has been operating for 25 years, and the need continues to grow. The organization has two locations in Ontario and recently expanded to the Northwest Territories. They currently serve nearly 100 families per day.

Originally published on www.cbc.ca

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