Our approach reframes food as not just an issue of scarcity and a basic need for survival. We use food as an anchor to engage the cultural wealth and aspirations of racialized communities and as an opportunity for socio-economic inclusion and wellbeing. We understand and honor the role food plays in our wellbeing, sense of self and dignity, connection to culture and to others.
The Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative has partnered with Güd Box to bring the Khair for All program of affordable, culturally relevant food to Edmonton and area. Khair for All operates in partnership with a large network of key intersectoral partners including: the Edmonton Food Bank, Action for Healthy Communities, Africa Centre, Canadians Volunteers United in Action (CANAVUA), C5, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN), Free Play for Kids, Francophonie Albertaine Plurielle (FRAP), Islamic Family Social Services Association, Shaama Centre, and UofA Campus Food Bank.
Together, as grassroots community agencies we have a shared goal to address socio-economic inequity and social justice within our diverse communities. We have strong relationships and connections to the communities we serve. We are grounded in our holistic understandings of our populations and their realities, challenges, barriers and inherent strengths, assets, and aspirations. Khair for All was co-created by community members connected to the MCHB and continues to be guided by those connected to our network of partner agencies.
Essential to the operations of Khair for All is our partner, The Gud Box, an experienced food box provider. The introduction of a private sector operator to support community response to food insecurity is a critical innovation as the synergy created through the various partnerships will improve service provision, reduce gaps in service, increase efficiency and access to fresh, nutritious, culturally relevant food to a greater number of food insecure Edmontonians.
Inspiration from the African Susu Model
A susu or sou-sou is a community-based practice of rotating savings in which family and friends come together to borrow and lend money to each other. Our donated boxes are inspired by this model in which money donated through our website will be collected and rotated through our network of community partners each month. Each month depending on donations Khair for All boxes will be gifted to a partner agency to be distributed at their discretion to community members they serve.