Asha’s Story

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December 20, 2016

Asha attends our Farms to Families® program

Asha lo res“I live close to the Wingate Avenue Community Centre. I come here for English classes. I’ve lived here for 10 years and I
know everything that’s happening in the community. That’s how I knew about the market here.

The market has changed things for me a lot. Before, when I didn’t have anything from here, I had to buy everything – it was very expensive. Now I save money, because I have some vegetables from here – potatoes, onions, tomatoes, spring onions and sometimes apples. It’s small, but I save money, because the food I have from here I don’t need to buy, and I can use that money for other things. I appreciate it a lot.

I’m from Africa, I come from Oromia in Ethiopia, and we cook vegetables a lot. We love vegetables with our injera [flatbread]. At the market, I like the silverbeet, potatoes, and tomatoes – every vegetable! Sometimes I cook them with meat, sometimes by themselves, sometimes a curry, sometimes a vegetable sauce.

I’m happy I can get milk from the market. I have four teenage kids, who use milk a lot. The food I get, they finish in two or three days! This food is a lot of help to me. I don’t have a job, so I need Foodbank. And what I bring home, everyone eats.

I’ve told some people in my community about the market. They have small kids and they live around here, but they can’t come. When I have leftover food, I take it to them. I take everyone food – my neighbour, who’s too old, I take meat to him. You have to share food with people. Everyone helps each other. You have to work together, you can’t do it by yourself.

My friend said to me, ‘Where did you get that fresh mandarin – is it from your garden?’ and I said, ‘No, it’s from Foodbank.’ Thank you very much to Foodbank for providing this food. It’s a great thing.”

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