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Afro Deli providing free meals to waiting voters in the Twin Cities

The effort is in partnership with World Central Kitchen

If you're heading out to vote Tuesday, you just might catch Afro Deli handing out free food in St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

The Afro Deli team this week has been providing free meals and water in partnership with World Central Kitchen, a global nonprofit that has been organizing food donations throughout the pandemic. 

Afro Deli owner and founder Abdirahman Kahin says he was approached by another nonprofit to participate in World Central Kitchen's efforts because of their involvement with feeding vulnerable populations when the pandemic started. Afro Deli has also partnered with the local Meals on Wheels chapter throughout the pandemic. 

At one Hennepin County location this week, Kahin said, voters waited in line for well over two hours.

"It was an easy decision because people are already sacrificing being in line," Kahin said. "It's cold, so give them warm food to warm their hearts." 

Kahin says the project took a break for the weekend, but will return on Tuesday at polling locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

"We are very grateful to be able to support voting rights," he said. 

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