Taste of home welcomes Syrian refugees

Tas with her wonderful Taste of Home food bins.
Tas with her wonderful Taste of Home food bins.

Does one taste of tourtière bring you back to your mother’s kitchen? Or a whiff of pea soup simmering on the stove?

Then you’ll appreciate how one Danforth East resident is welcoming Syrian refugees to Toronto. Tas Hoque – a member of the marvellous East Toronto Families for Syria – has put together cases of non-perishable, commonly used middle eastern food items. Tas labels each case with a cheerful green sticker that says “A Taste of Home” in English and Arabic.


With ten cases complete and spoken for, Tas now hopes to raise some money to keep the Taste of Home coming.

In addition to volunteering, the busy Tas is a Clinical Research Director at Toronto Western and mother of a Thomas-the-tank-engine-obsessed toddler. Born in Bangladesh, Tas spent her early years in Kuwait. “When my family immigrated to Canada,” she says, “we settled in Mississauga. My parents would drive into downtown Toronto to find certain foods from home. I still remember how happy they were whenever they would find one. I didn’t really get it then because I was so excited to eat Canadian foods. But now that I have a child of my own, I understand the need to provide comfort through food, and keep the connection to home alive through the tastes and smells of your kitchen.”

imageDonate to help Tas create more Taste of Home baskets. It’s easy.
By email money transfer to: info.easttorontofamilies4syria@gmail.com

Or by cheque, payable to East Toronto Families for Syria, Att’n Taste of Home. Drop the cheque by the East Toronto Families for Syria Hub at 1803 Danforth, Saturdays or Sundays between 12 and 6PM. (There is no mailbox so please don’t mail your cheque.)


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