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Photo: Canned meals loaded and prepared to deliver to provision centres. Photo credit: 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

One of the many unfortunate effects of the conflict in Ukraine is the additional strain imposed on the supply chain for a host of provisions, especially food staples. This disruption has impacted everyday citizens across the country and limits their access to many basic items including ready-cooked canned meals, baby food, flour, pasta, and rice.

Following a casual introduction to an Advisor for the First Deputy Prime Minister in Ukraine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered assistance with an emergency relief effort to deliver food provisions urgently to the people of Ukraine. 

“When this government advisor reached out to me initially, we connected him with our Humanitarian Service team and he was very impressed,” said Oleksiy Hakalenko who works as an Area Manager for the Church and oversees Church humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. “As he learned more, he became increasingly enthusiastic about partnering with the Church on this multi-faceted food donation project.”

In cooperation with the Ukrainian government, the Church initiated an emergency relief project to deliver needed food items to provisioning centres and warehouses in the nearby countries of Poland and Romania. Government entities in Ukraine then accessed their established transport network to ship food supplies to specific locations in Ukraine to be distributed. The focus of government shipments has been to get food supplies to those areas and communities of greatest need in Ukraine.

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