Felix Project helps feed the displaced Ukrainians in London

The Felix project has partnered with the newly established Ukrainian Welcome Center to provide food and support as displaced Ukrainians find new homes in the capital after fleeing their war-torn country

Last Friday, around 150 women and children enjoyed a hot dinner of pork, vegetable stews, rice and potatoes, cooked and served by the Association of Ukraines in Great Britain (AUGB) food redistribution charity and volunteers’ London branch in Holland Park.

Families also chose groceries from a “minimarket” set up with surplus food from restaurants and supermarkets and other necessities.

The event will be held weekly at the Welcome Center, which started two weeks ago as a joint project between AUGB and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family.

This week a meal will be provided with the help of Hello Fresh, who will deliver a large quantity of high quality meat and fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables directly from its warehouse in Banbury to the charity every week.

About 150 women and children enjoyed a warm dinner

AUGB deputy chair Anna Dezyk told the Standard that many guests had only been living in England for two weeks before coming to the meal.

“We help them because they came here with nothing but a suitcase, and very often only with winter clothes.

“A lot of them talk about what they’ve left behind and what they’ve lost. Some say: ‘My house was bombed, I had a nice apartment, it is no longer there’.

“Just listening to people is important.”

Damien Conrad, Felix Project’s community partnerships manager, said: “For IDPs, seeing Londoners show solidarity and fight for their corner is an important part of their rehabilitation.”

The charity uses staggering food surpluses in London to tackle food poverty and turn an environmental problem into a social solution.

It was supported from the start by our Food for London campaign 2016 and again in 2020 by our award-winning Food For London Now campaign in partnership with our sister newspaper The Independent who helped The Felix Project raise an extraordinary £12 million and led to a fourfold increase in food redistribution.

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