Introducing 'The Food Bank for Ukrainian Refugees' in Budapest

  • 3 Feb 2023 2:14 PM
Introducing 'The Food Bank for Ukrainian Refugees' in Budapest
The Food Bank was founded by Chris Clarke, Anett Hoffmann and Reverend Aaron Stevens in cooperation with St. Columba's Church of Scotland.

They first started to provide help and support to Ukrainian refugees who fled the war in March 2022 where they helped approx. 40 families (130 people). Within the past 10 months they have slowly been able to increase this number to 100 families (300 people) thanks to their donors and volunteers.

However, they still have 350 families on the waiting list who are in desperate need of help.

The Food Bank has an excellent registration system where the recipients have to apply (it is not a drop in food bank) the recipients can order their food items each week from a specific list based on their needs. They are collected in a safe place where they meet other people in the same situation and become friends. The operation runs very smoothly as it is very well organised.

There are approximately 30 volunteers who pack food parcels each week and provide a welcoming and friendly place for the recipients to have coffee and cake. Also, provided is a créche for the children so the parents and grandparents can have a break from the little ones.

The Food Bank provides the basic fruit, vegetables, dried goods and hygiene products for the recipients. Vouchers are also provided each week for the extras needed such as fresh meat and dairy products.

However, any non-perishable, in-date food would be gratefully received. Eg. flour, oil, sugar, couscous etc. The food bank would be grateful for any support that the readers can give.

If you would like to donate food items please drop off at the following location points:

Scottish Mission Church, Vörösmarty u. 51, 1064 (Weds 1pm-4pm)

Becketts, Liszt Ferenc Tér 11, 1061 (Every Day 12pm-10pm)

József Nàdor tér 8, 1051 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Clarke and White 1051 Budapest, József Nádor tér 8.

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