Eat Refugee Food
One of the best ways to support the refugees in your community is to eat adventurously. And no, I don’t mean snacking on Cheetos from between the couch cushions.
- Find a restaurant serving authentic international cuisine. Ethiopian, Thai, Eastern European, etc.
If you want, ask your server about the region the of food they’re cooking. Sometimes they’ll offer up surprising stories!
The point is this: when considering where to eat for a special occasion or date night, keep in mind that chain restaurants often can’t beat a local, authentic restaurant in opportunities for marginalized people.
Refugees in particular tend to work in restaurants that are locally owned and accessible by public transportation, and that serve authentic food (often from their region). These environments give the workplace more of a family feel and can protect refugees from exploitation and confusion over labor issues. Sometimes the restaurants even work with refugee aid organizations to hire cooks who are still learning English.
Just one more reason to go local!
Do you know a great restaurant that might fit the description above? Recommend it here!