Help us Feed 60000 refugee children fleeing the war in Syria

For: Food for Life Serbia
Organizer: Food for Life Global
of $25,000 goal
16% Complete
Raised by 70 donors

The Story

Food for Life Global is requesting donations to buy a mobile kitchen for our affiliate in Serbia to distribute more than 60,000 vegan meals over the next 6 months to feed child refugees seeking asylum in Serbia. We need your help to make it happen. Find out how you can make a difference!

The alarming living conditions of refugees coming to Eastern Europe

Since the beginning of 2015, more than 350,000 migrants and refugees have arrived at European borders with unaccompanied children and vulnerable families making up thousands of them. At the risk of their own lives, these men and women flee the war in the Middle East in the hope of offering a better life and a hopeful future to their children.

Seeing images of boats capsize on the Mediterranean coast and the distress of migrants trying to reach Europe, we all wonder what we can do to help.  Refugee families need everything from a shelter to warm clothes, medical and psycho-social support. But the first basic need they experience is the lack of food that is suitable for their journey.

How Food for Life is directly helping the refugees:

Since the beginning of refugee influx in Europe, Food for Life is doing everything in its power to answer that need. Since October, FFLG has distributed over 12,000 meals to refugee families throughout several countries (Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, France and the UK). We supply hot plant-based meals freshly cooked the same day and served with love, but also fruits, beverages, and clothing to face the increasing cold.

Thanks to our experience and network of volunteers across Europe, we were able to set up kitchens providing meals at refugee camps and spreading the message of equality through non-discrimination. Food For Life Global is the world's largest food relief: we serve up to 2 million plant-based meals daily and to this date, we have cooked and distributed over 3 billion meals in impoverished communities and for survivors of natural and manmade disasters (in Nepal, Sarajevo, Pakistan, Haiti, Japan etc.)

Why we need your help:

This campaign is for us the opportunity to touch thousands of people who desperately need our help and fraternity. As more European countries are closing their borders, Serbia is now one of the most active countries in hosting and assisting migrants.  In order to speed up their route, the neighboring governments agreed that the main stop for them in Serbia will be Preshevo, but we know that numerous families come through Belgrade and Shid (close to the Croatian border), where the numbers are much bigger and the need of refugees even more urgent. With your support, we want to equip our wonderful partner in Serbia (Bhakti Hub) with a mobile kitchen which would enable our volunteers to reach these families who haven’t had hot meals for days, sometimes weeks, and support them in their journey

We need your help and support to achieve this! Whether it is through a donation, a link to our campaign through your social media profile or simply by spreading the word around you, there are so many ways you could help us try and make a difference.

What we can achieve together:

Concretely, with the 25 000 dollars we wish to raise through this campaign, we will acquire and upgrade a mobile kitchen to cook and deliver hot food to thousands of refugees. This will allow our volunteers to go and meet the families who need our help the most across refugee camps, train et bus stations in Serbia.

Once the meals are distributed  and when the refugee crisis will be resolved, the mobile kitchen will allow our team to organize educational workshops on topics such as nutrition, animal welfare, hunger relief, and environmental protection, etc. We will also organize catering events to raise money for meal preparation and maintenance so that our kitchen is fully self-sustaining!

You would also help us deliver the first meals which only cost 1 euro each. So imagine that with a contribution of only  75 euros, you could help us feed one migrant family for an entire week!

Despite the concerns raised by the welcoming of refugees in European countries, the conflict has worsened in the Middle East and it is more important than ever to remember that migrants are mostly vulnerable women and children and that they are human beings, our brothers, and sisters, who need our help and our welcoming hands.

“We don’t claim to understand the reasons why people are here and what the political solutions may be, but whether it is escaping an illegal war, bombings, or whether it is simply, people coming to Europe to create a better life. What we do believe to be true is that these people are our spiritual brothers and sisters, suffering the pangs of material existence and they need our care and kindness,” Peter O’Grady, director of Food For All, one of our affiliate.

Help us relieve refugees fleeing to Europe through what directly unites us: Pure food


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 4, 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016

We are very encouraged with the support for this campaign, but are still very short of the mark to help our team purchase a mobile kitchen. 

Here is a report from our director in Serbia:

Food for life Serbia has been providing thousands of nutritious plant-based meals for endangered people for over two years now, starting from when the massive floods devastated the region.

Being able to work on the spot would make a huge difference to the effectiveness our food relief program. While helping the refugees with meals over the past seven months, we've realized that a mobile kitchen would be ideal.

This is because the place where food is needed the most are usually not in urban areas, but closer to the borders, and since we have not been able to drive food there, we've focused our efforts on helping them in a designated NGO meeting place in Belgrade called Miksaliste.

Here, we have not only been providing food and clothes, but also medical care and workshops to help the people who have been coming, day after day.

Sadly, last week the place was demolished, since it had been planned prior to this crisis, according to the Belgrade Waterfront project that our government runs together with the investors from Emirates.

Within a month, Miksaliste will continue the work they started in August 2015 and we will join them again. 

The Mobile Kitchen will be a huge help

The mobile kitchen we need is to be made by the best company in Serbia. For a very modest price they have promised to give us a fully-fitted van (please see the attachments for more details) with two cooking tanks, electricity, 1000 liters of water and a sink, drain for the used water, surfaces for preparing the food, surfaces for serving and a window for distribution. It would come to us with all the necessary permits, both for the van adaptation and for sanitary equipped kitchen, ready to be used for cooking and distribution.

Thank you for your support. 

Posted on March 10, 2016

Posted on March 10, 2016

The rain has been pouring down in Serbia and most of the country is now flooded. The already dire situation for refugees (especially woman and children) is now chaotic. Many are still living in the fields, so the hot meals being provided by our team in Serbia is critical for their sustenance. 

Please share our campaign with friends and encourage them to match your donation. 

A mobile kitchen would be so helpful in reaching people in need. 

- Paul Rodney Turner
Food for Life Global

Posted on February 24, 2016

Posted on February 24, 2016

It is sometimes difficult to put names and faces on the people we can help. Here is a video depicting the wonderful work of all the NGOs working with us in Miksalište help center for refugees.

It is their story and their life we want to touch: the lives of these women, these men and these children who arrive hungry and freezing in Serbia to flee the war.

You can also discover the volunteers on the ground helping refugees by distributing food, but also warm clothes and medicines. Without you, they couldn’t help and it is your generosity that allows us  today to feed the weakest and build a world in which mutual aid and brotherhood are more than mere words.

Thank you for your help and do not give up. Together we can do it!

Discover the video from Miksalište help center here!

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