A phone call in 2020 from a six year old boy looking for milk for his newly born sibling inspired Umoja Community Mosaic in Calgary, Alberta, to start providing ethnocultural food items and milk for immigrant families. Umoja delivers customized grocery bags with dried lentils, corn flour, semolina, kidney beans and donated restaurant meals and currently serves about 200 families from 49 countries, mainly from Africa and the Middle East. In Edmonton’s Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative, volunteers assemble packs of rationed food once a week for Grocery Run, an emergency food access program. Last week, it assembled 175 bags, filled with onions, potatoes, carrots, lentils, pasta, canned tomatoes and peas. Wood Buffalo Food Bank in Fort McMurray, Alta., has been offering newcomers culturally relevant food, including halal meat, for 10 years. About one in four food bank clients in Alberta self-identified as an immigrant, refugee or visible minority group in a HungerCount report in 2022.

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