Grocery List by Refugee Country of Origin

Below are suggested grocery items that may be familiar to the family you are walking alongside.

Afghan Grocery List

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • White onions
  • Fresh okra
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • White long-grained rice
  • Pita bread
  • Whole Halal Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Plain yogurt
  • Jam
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Tumeric
  • Cooking oil
  • Black tea

Karen Grocery List

  • Rice (Jasmine preferred, 25 lb. bag or 50 lb bag for large family (5+ people). Eaten for every meal)
  • Fish sauce
  • Fish and/or shrimp paste
  • Soy sauce (light and heavy)
  • Oyster sauce
  • Dried chilies (actual chilies, not powder)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Milk (whole or 2%)
  • Orange juice
  • Beef (stew meat)
  • Chicken (whole or pieces, with skin. Frozen is okay)
  • Cucumber
  • Onion (red preferred)
  • Garlic (whole cloves)   
  • Tomato
  • Cabbage
  • Any fruit (banana, orange, grapes…)

Congolese Grocery List

  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh green beans
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • White rice
  • Whole chicken
  • Corn flour
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Black tea
  • Orange Juice

Somalis Grocery List

  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • White Rice
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • 1 Whole halal chicken)
  • Orange juice
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cooking oil
  • Black tea