Watford-based charity Food for All are traveling to Ukraine/Poland border this Sunday, March 6, planning to give direct support to refugees by cooking hot meals onsite.
They are driving a big van with attached trailer containing large field pots, gas bottles and lots of ingredients for cooking like rice and lentils. They are also taking blankets, PPE and other essentials. They have already linked with the Polish charities in order to corporate together to feed the refugees as thousands of them are fleeing the war in their country.
The original plan was to go towards Lviv and set up a kitchen on Ukrainian side of the border where people are queuing for days to cross over and food is very limited. It is very hard to predict what the situation will be like when they actually get there , whether crossing to Ukraine will be even possible at that point . Things change daily and that dream team is prepared to do what’s needed.
Members of the Aid for Ukraine Food for All team are from the local Hare Krishna community. One of the volunteers works for “Howdens” and has been wholeheartedly supported by his company. He has been given 2 weeks off paid leave with practically no notice to be able to assist with this crisis. What an amazing example of how people unite in time of need and help in every way they can.
Food for All has a lot of experience in dealing with global crisis situations. In 2004 they were helping Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. Last year they received a Queens Award for Voluntary Service for being the most active charity serving free hot meals to those affected by the pandemic. One million hot nutritious meals were distributed across Hertfordshire and London.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “The team is leaving Sunday morning, traveling towards a big unknown, uncertainty and most likely danger. I hope you keep them in your thoughts and prayers and feel proud that team from Watford is there, trying their very best to help all those innocent people, mostly women and children, caught up in unjust conflict that shocked the world last week and dramatically uprooted their lives.”