Bristol-Based Christian Charity Launches 30Th Aniversary Food Parcel Appeal For Eastern Europe – £2.5million Given So Far!

A BRISTOL-BASED Christian charity has launched its 30th Appeal to provide much-needed food parcels for Eastern Europe, after sending hundreds of thousands of parcels and hot meals worth over £2.5million since 1992!

Transform Europe Network (TEN), gathered supporters yesterday afternoon (27 APR) at Crofts End Church in Bristol, and via live-stream, to kick-start what they hope will be their biggest ever annual food aid programme. Speakers included ‘Harvest For The Hungry’ founder Derek Wade from Kettering, Carol Sharman from Ridgeway Methodist Church, a UK Harvest partner church involved in the appeal for many years, and a video message recorded especially for the event, from Slavko Hadzic, leader of a partner church in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Charity supporters heard that following violent flare-ups in April 1992 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian War resulted in 2.4 million people attempting to flee the conflict, and a further 2 million internally displaced. Responding, the charity collected food, clothes and aid from churches across England, and volunteers drove lorries to the war-torn and neighbouring countries.  TEN used its well-established links with partner churches in the region to ensure that aid got to those most in need. 

The provision of food for the hungry in the Balkans and Eastern Europe has continued via an annual ‘Harvest For The Hungry’ Appeal.  In the early years, teams of volunteers drove food parcels across the borders.  These days, with real-time international money transfers, and bulk purchasing via local retailers better value for money, TEN raises financial donations from churches, schools and individuals to provide soup kitchens, hot meals and food parcels as needed.  Last year, TEN delivered the equivalent of 8,000 meals to individuals/families via just under 30 partner churches.

This year, TEN aims to make the 30th Anniversary Appeal its biggest year yet by asking existing partner churches across the UK to introduce the Appeal to neighbouring churches, and individual Christians to ask their friends to donate. 

Commenting on the 30th Anniversary Celebration and launch event, James Vaughton, CEO of TEN said:

Each year, TEN’s partners distribute food to hungry families and widows who rely on assistance. However, the need in 2022 is far greater. Ukrainian refugees need food as they rely on the generosity and kindness of strangers to support them. And a major challenge facing them, and the poorer people in Eastern Europe is that the war, and the rising cost of fuel, have pushed up the cost of living.

TEN has always stood with our partners to help them meet the needs of the hungry. The amazing thing about ‘Harvest for the Hungry’ is that it consistently meets the physical, social and spiritual needs of people across south and eastern Europe. Just £15 will feed a family in easter Europe for a week.

We are grateful for the support of so many over 30 years. In this our anniversary year, we look forward to welcoming onboard many more churches and individuals who want to give, knowing that their donations go to those most in need.  Because of our history and our partners on the ground in eastern Europe, we can guarantee that.

For further information about ‘Harvest For The Hungry’ 30th Appeal, visit (www.harvestforthehungry.org).

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