Pottstown Cafe Owner Serves Veg Food To Homeless Every Week!
Ashraf Khalil, iCreate Cafe owner and cook, made a decision to support his community when he saw a need for it. He decided to put his skills to good use, and now creates healthy Arabic and Mediterranean-inspired vegan and vegetarian food to serve weekly to homeless people in his Pottstown community.
After Khalil learned that the local Christ Episcopal Church was going to be providing shelter and food for the homeless this December, he offered to donate his services by cooking up vegan and vegetarian food every Tuesday.
The food Khalil creates is set apart by being healthy, filling, and delicious. As he is a native of Syria, he brings in all the spices and recipes from his culture and incorporates them in his cooking. He creates salads full of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, parsley and mint, dolma, which are grape leaves stuffed with rice and spices, baba ghanoush, which is a roasted eggplant-based dip, and for the centerpiece he opts for a dish full of protein–usually chickpeas or beans. With these foods, he creates enough to feed about 30 people in need!
Khalil felt it was important to incorporate fresh ingredients and focused on plant-based foods since the people he is helping do not always have the opportunity to eat well, and this can add some desired diversity. It has been dubbed the “vegetarian feast”, and when he was asked why he was choosing to focus on helping the homeless, Khalil stated:
“You help the people that are in need. People came and supported my business. People helped me so now I want to give back to the community. If I don’t pay my mortgage for one month then I will be on the street. So you want to show them (the homeless) some empathy and show them that you care.”
His post on the iCreate Cafe Facebook page about needing more volunteers to help out resulted in great feedback as well, with people making vegan desserts to contribute, helping him cook, or helping to serve.
Khalil added that this work should not only be left to churches, but that everyone should take part. “It just makes you feel better about humanity“, he stated.
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