Meal builds bridges between Muslims and inner-city residents

News Agencies – June 10, 2012

Dozens of volunteers from Edmonton’s Muslim community spent their Sunday helping feed inner-city residents. They set up in the Hope Mission, preparing and handing out 800 roast beef dinners.

“It’s a human obligation,” said Ahmed Ali, one of the volunteers.”We all might succumb to this type of situation, so it’s good to give back.” When they were still finding their feet in their new home, Ali says his family often relied on charities and organizations for food.

The meal has been a tradition in Edmonton for a decade. Ali says it’s a chance to disprove some of the stereotypes that plague both the city’s immigrant and homeless populations – especially in the wake of media attention that Ali says often paints the communities in a bad light.

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