Edmonton brothers give one thing again to the grocery financial institution after counting on their assist
No matter how busy the construction business is, the Barzagar brothers always make time for the Edmonton Food Bank.
Over the past 10 years, her family business, HIBCO Construction, has supported the Tafel through various initiatives, including donations and building expertise.
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The Barzagars say their association with local food banks dates back more than 20 years when the family emigrated from Kuwait to Halifax in 1997.
Mehdi Barzagar, the oldest brother, still remembers it well.
“It was very hard”
“It was very hard going to school without having lunch, seeing other children eating in the cafeteria,” said Barzagar. “It was a challenge, but there were a lot of good people out there who helped us. And the blackboard was one of the most important that really helped us.
Although he was still a child, Moe Barzagar, 25, remembers how his mother made ends meet with the help of the blackboard.
He said workers would often deliver food straight to their homes.
“That made a huge difference to us,” he said. “There was food on the table. You didn’t have to worry about where your next meal will come from. “
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In 2006 Mehdi Barzagar moved west to Edmonton, where he started as a worker. Eventually his brothers followed suit and soon HIBCO construction was created.
The company specializes in retail and commercial construction. Following the Fort McMurray forest fire, the company did a lot of remodeling and renovation work in the community.
The income generated eventually enabled the brothers to give something back.
“All in all, it’s good karma,” says Moe Barzagar, who works as a project manager in the family business. “You get, you give back and you keep the circulation going continuously.”
A few years ago the Edmonton Food Bank needed some construction and HIBCO won the contract.
The company was working on the main building and renovating a nearby warehouse.
“Makes us feel good”
HIBCO helped build several offices, a canteen and a large multi-purpose warehouse. During construction, the company saw how many people were depending on the food bank.
When it came time to get paid for work, the company failed to cash the grocery bank’s check for $ 18,000.
“We’re giving back because we got something,” said Hani Barzagar. “They planted a seed in us, and now that the seed has turned into a tree, we can give back where we came from.”
Some of the new offices built by HIBCO Construction at the Edmonton Food Bank. (Min Dhariwal / CBC)
Giving back has become a motto at HIBCO that is lived by all employees.
“It just makes us feel good, it’s also fun to do it together as a team,” said Morgan MacKenzie, marketing coordinator at HIBCO, who admitted having relied on the blackboard in the past.
In November, the company celebrated 10 years of making a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank. You just missed your $ 10,000 target.
Employees saved nearly $ 1,200 by withdrawing money from their paychecks. An employee gave $ 500.
Many are in need
“I think we’ve all been to where everything else has to be paid for first and food always comes last,” said MacKenzie.
HIBCO’s generosity has really helped, said Mark Doram, the food bank’s operations director
“There are many people in need out there and it’s getting bigger,” Doram said as an army of volunteers packed baskets for the Christmas season.
“You know, whenever we’re in trouble, we call these people and they’ll be here in record time. And that’s because they have a legitimate interest in our work. “
Lunch room created by HIBCO Construction at Edmonton Food Bank. (Min Dhariwal / CBC)
This help will always be there, said Hani Barzagar.
“We will always be grateful for that,” he said. “We’re always blessed to have another day to keep the doors open and make sure we can give something back.”