UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA

CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

PRESS RELEASE

Ukrainian Orthodox League Has Raised Over $60,000 to the Soup Kitchen Project of St. Andrew’s Society

The Ukrainian Orthodox League (UOL) has actively participated in the “Soup-er” Bowl Project of Saint Andrew’s Society, which feeds the needy elderly in Ukraine. Since the founding of Saint Andrew’s Society in 1990, humanitarian support to the needy and disenfranchised has been an integral part of the mission of the Society. After the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union, the faithful here in the United States have supported efforts in Ukraine in providing meals for the elderly poor.

Presently, centers supported by the Society are in Kyiv (3), Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and the newest center for the elderly refugees in Mariupol near the conflict zone in the Donbas region.

Meals are distributed at soup kitchens, cafeterias (hot meals five days a week) or delivered to home bound elderly. Food is provided to pensioners that have no family or social support, and are of limited financial resources. This program is implemented with the cooperation of local faithful in Ukraine.

Since 2006, chapters of the UOL and individual faithful have hosted Soup Meals at parishes in the months of January or February coinciding with Super Bowl Sunday, raising funds for this charitable outreach. Over $60,000 has been raised during these last 10 years.This year’s collected funds were presented to St. Andrew’s Society at the Convention of the Ukrainian Orthodox League held last July in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.