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Baltimore's Mera Kitchen Collective empowers immigrant women through food

Baltimore's Mera Kitchen Collective empowers immigrant women through food

The five founders of the Mera Kitchen Collective speak in several tongues. Arabic, English and French dominate their conversations around the dinner table, and their group’s name stems from a Greek word. But their common language is food.

It’s been a little more than a year since the women first gathered for a meal at Iman Alshehab’s Moravia apartment to discuss ways to empower refugee and immigrant women through food. What started as a series of pop-up dinners and workshops has grown into a worker-owned cooperative with plans to open a cafe — a space they hope will become a hub for Baltimore’s growing immigrant community and a workplace that supports women.

On Saturday, the...

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