With a massive influx of people fleeing from the eastern regions to the west of the country, our friends at Hungry For Life International and their partners are working to care for those fleeing the war. They are connected with a network of churches serving internally displaced people in the Mukacheve area near the border with Hungary. They are providing shelter for refugees in their area and outside funds will help with food, mattresses and other essentials. As the conflict continues, they are working to provide and facilitate longer-term options for housing and caring for refugees.
Hungry For Life has also begun warehousing and distributing aid throughout the country through a vast network of local partners. They have been able to source food locally when available as well as receive material aid shipments from neighboring EU countries. With a fleet of vehicles and volunteer drivers, they have prioritized the delivering of necessary aid to people in the war zone areas to the east who are in greatest need.
The first 3 phases of Hungry For Life’s response have been completed with over half a million people being helped using $2 million dollars in donations received. This represents 650 tons of food and supplies being delivered across the country through over 500 deliveries from their two warehouses.
Phase 4 – Ongoing
Expected Cost – $2 – $4,000,000
Number of people helped – 1,657,000+
Phase 4 of Hungry For Life’s response includes the following:
- More warehousing – They have arranged access to nine additional distribution centers located closer to active conflict zones which will allow them to get food to people faster.
- More food supplies – Hungry For Life is sourcing food directly from local farmers and is set up to receive food and supplies being delivered from outside Ukraine. They will continue working to get food to those with the most need.
- Refugee support – They are working on longer-term housing solutions for the many displaced people in the west of the country. This includes renovating different locations to open up more space for the internally displaced.
- Identifying local needs – Through the extensive network Hungry For Life has developed throughout the country, they are able to hear directly from pastors and local leaders who can identify specific needs to their region or community and respond in kind to meet those specific needs.