Community Spirit Award
Malik Malikzada, Jamila’s Kitchen & Grill
The Community Spirit Award acknowledges both businesses and individuals that have tirelessly supported Tri-Cities based organizations and not-for-profits. They are committed to corporate social responsibility and dedicated to making the Tri-Cities a better place to live, work, and play.
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Last Year’s Recipient: Wesbild
In 2017, owner Malik Malikzada decided to open Jamila’s Kitchen & Grill, with the intention to serve the community with quality fusion food including Greek, Indian, Afghan, Italian and Indo-Chinese. The Malikzadas are refugees so they understand hardships. With that in mind, they have initiated the No Money, No Worries program, and have made their kitchen available to serve and feed those who are in need for free. Since opening their doors in 2017, Malik and his wife Jamila have not only provided free food to less fortunate people, they were also approached by many schools in the Tri-Cities and handed over free food vouchers for students and families in the community.
During the pandemic, Jamila’s Kitchen and Grill expanded their program to accommodate first responders and front line workers in the community, as a form of gratitude. They prepared 200 hot meals and delivered them to the hospital. Back in September when Malik heard that schools will be reopened, he offered free lunch every day for three consecutive days for SD43 teachers and staff members as a way of showing his appreciation. He also provided free lunch on Remembrance Day to all veterans in the Tri-Cities, including both employed and retired police officers, firefighters, and active Legion volunteers. Malik feels humbled to be able to show his appreciation for those who tirelessly serve the community.