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'No money, no worries': Afghan-Indian restaurant serving free hot meals in Coquitlam

Last Updated Dec 12, 2019 at 8:41 am PDT

Summary

Jamila's Kitchen and Grill is offering a hot meal to anyone who needs it

The owner says his family knows what it is like to need support

Pictures of a sign offering free meals to those in need have been shared hundreds of times on social media

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Whether they can pay or not, the owner of a restaurant in Coquitlam is offering hot meals to anyone who truly needs them.

The owner of Jamila’s Kitchen and Grill says the offer is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not they can prove their circumstances.

“Doesn’t really matter if they have money or not, they ask for our help,”┬áMalik Malikzada says.

He says his family knows what it is like to need support. He immigrated to Canada with his wife, Jamila, and his brother in 2000.

“We were one of those refugees to leave Afghanistan because of civil war,” he says. “We thank you, Canada to create such a safe haven.”

Regular customers say the family is known for making even strangers feel at home.

“I’m just not another customer to this guy. I’m like an extended family member,” says Sabah, a weekly customer.

Pictures of a sign in front of the restaurant, which reads “No Money, No Worries,” have been shared hundreds of times on social media.