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FOOD FOR ALL: Garston volunteers provide 1,900 meals a day for earthquake survivors

 Published on: 1st March 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

Volunteers from a Garston-based charity drove 4,500 miles to Syria last month to support those affected by the recent earthquakes.

The Food For All team set off in their van and mobile kitchen on February 11, which entered Turkey before arriving in Syria. They were then greeted by the mayor and put up in tents in the sports stadium.

Six volunteers helped out – two of them from Garston – providing 1,900 full meals every day to people in need. 

Peter O’Grady, director of Food For All, said: “Last night at 8am, the earthquake struck again at 6.4 magnitude. The earth rose up and down about one foot, buildings started to fall, terrible noise. It was over very quickly. 

“We were safe in the sports stadium which we share with 700 police and army personnel.

“We were given as much food as we need by the government. We are cooking vegetarian meals daily for rescue workers, police and army, plus 1,200 earthquake survivors who are living in tents. Also making up food parcels and bottles of water.” 

Children from the Hare Krishna School in Watford had also raised more than £4,000 for those affected and collected food and essentials for Food For All to take with them to Syria.

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