On Saturday, October 28th, Hillcrest members joined members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and other local volunteers to assemble 10,000 packaged meals to be sent to countries experiencing natural disasters, war and famine.
We just learned that the meals we packaged are headed to Ukraine! Located in eastern Europe, Ukraine is the second largest country on the continent. The conflict in Ukraine has caused one of the fastest forced population movements since World War II – millions of people have left the country or are internally displaced. As food production and supplies are disrupted by the conflict, many people do not have reliable access to sufficient nutritious food. The Global Hunger Index, which assesses food insecurity based on indicators that measure undernourishment and undernutrition, categorized Ukraine as having a “low” level of hunger prior to the conflict starting in 2022.