Belgrade: Church program feeds 2,000 needy people a day

Belgrade, June 19, 2023

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Thousands of needy people are fed every day by the Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese of Belgrade.

The socially vulnerable population of the capital city also receive free health examinations and legal advice.

The assistance is all part of the Archdiocese’s Feed the Hungry program, which also helps the elderly, neglected children, and hospitals. The work of the philanthropic organization was presented in a press conference held at the Church of St. Sava on June 16, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency.

“It’s impossible to speak of love for God without it including love for humanity, especially for those who are poor, threatened, or forgotten. A good deed is the most powerful sermon. We believe that in this way, we send light and joyful news about the works of love that we desperately need today, healing and inspiring us,” said His Grace Bishop Petar of Toplica.

“From the first days of his ministry, Patriarch Porfirije emphasized that one of his priorities was dedication to humanitarian missionary work.”

And, according to Bp. Petar, His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije has been quietly helping the needy for many years.

“It’s not known that the Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia donated his professor’s salary for decades exclusively to help the sick, the poor, or for scholarships for gifted students. He never asked what their religion was or from which nation they came, which is the greatest motivation and support for us, his collaborators in this work,” said Bp. Petar.

Artists Viktor Savić, Lena Kovačević and Aleksandra Radović supported the organization's activities at the press conference and called on the media to help spread Feed the Hungry.

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