We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who helped us pack essential food and hygiene items for people in Ukraine on Saturday in Munich. Libereco teamed up with the Munich brewery Giesinger Bräu in the framework of its packing campaign. The brewery’s made its warehouse, forklift trucks and tables available for the packing activity and provided food and drinks for the volunteers.
During the action on Saturday 19 November, around 150 volunteers packed almost two thousand aid packages for people in Ukraine in three shifts and two packing lines according to the standards of the UN World Food Programme at Giesinger Bräu’s Plant 2 in the north of Munich. V-Markt supported the action with a 3000 euro donation.
The packages contain preservable food and hygiene products that sustain an adult for a fortnight. Already on Tuesday 22 November, two 40-ton trucks picked up the 66 pallets of relief goods to transport them to Ukraine. There, the urgently needed aid will be distributed by Libereco’s long-standing partner organisation Vostok SOS to those in need, especially in the east and south of the country.
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Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in need of humanitarian aid
“The Russian war of aggression caused supply lines to collapse in large parts of Ukraine and hundreds of thousands of people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Our packing campaigns enable practical help that reaches those in need directly and provides them with essential food and hygiene items,” explains Marco Fieber, Executive Director of Libereco in Germany and organiser of the packing campaign in Munich. Many of the packed food items are currently not available in large quantities in Ukraine, and volunteers in Ukraine are already working to full capacity. That is why Libereco organises packing actions all over Germany and Switzerland.
On the Friday before, Libereco members had set up the two packing lines in the hall of the Giesinger Bräu. On Saturday, volunteers could immediately start at their individual stations to start folding, packing, gluing, and stacking. The process went smoothly and even an hour faster than planned.
Libereco and its Ukrainian partners operate where other aid organisations and the Ukrainian state are hardly active or not active at all – away from the big cities, in areas that are difficult to access and in unsafe regions where there is a threat of shelling. The pack operations are financed largely by private donations and are carried out almost exclusively by volunteers.